• Zapatero: Caja Reform Will Bring Economic Stability and Jobs

    In the space of a few days, two of Spain’s saving banks have announced plans to list themselves on the stock market. La Caixa’s plan was approved on Thursday and is designed not only to meet Spain’s requirements but also …

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  • Court Rules “Repossessed Property Covers Excess Mortgage Debt”

    In what could be the beginning of a change in Spanish law, a judge in Navarra has ruled that the proceeds gained from the sale of a property repossessed by a bank should be sufficient to clear the former owner’s …

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  • Fernando Alonso Launches Ferrari’s New F1 Car

    Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa unvieled Ferrari’s new car for the F1 2011 season, the “F150” was launched at the Italian team’s headquarters in Maranello ahead of next week’s pre-season testing in Spain. Alonso narrowly missed out on becoming world …

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  • Bar and Hotel Owners Close Doors in Smoking Law Protest

    Around 500 bar, restaurant and hotel owners in northern Spain closed their premises yesterday to protest against Spain’s new anti-smoking law, which they argure is ruining businesses. In the first protest to take placer since the ban was introduced on …

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  • Pension Age in Spain Will Rise to 67

    Spain’s government and unions have said they are close to an agreement on pension reform, a move that will avert a second general strike in less than six months. In separate statements, the government said a preliminary agreement had been …

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  • Spanish Film Academy President Will Quit Over Download Law

    Film director Alex de la Iglesia said that he will resign as the president of the Spanish Film Academy in protest over a proposed new law against illegal Internet downloads he feels is inadequate. The 45-year-old, who is behind the …

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  • Cajas Begin to Announce Outstanding Debt

    CatalunyaCaixa, one of the weakest of Spain’s savings banks, has revealed that it holds 12.8 billion euros in outstanding loans with real estate developers, as well as foreclosed properties worth 3.73 billion. CatalunyaCaixa announcements is part of a complete disclosure …

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  • “Rubbish Hotel” in Madrid Highlights Coastline Destruction

    A hotel in Madrid, called “Save the Beach hotel” and designed by a German artist, has been made out of 12 tons of rubbish found littering Europe’s beaches to raise awareness of the destruction of coastlines and seas around the …

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  • Spanish Reform Measures Beating Targets

    Spain is beating its own deficit-reduction targets in the clearest sign to date that its reform efforts are paying off, the government said today. According to advance data from the finance ministry, the central government’s 2010 budget deficit was equal …

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  • Couple Sentenced and Ordered to Demolish Villa in Torrox

    A British couple have been given an eight month suspended sentence and ordered to demolish their Spanish villa for breaching planning regulations. David and Janet Hartshorn illegally built a large house on protected land near the Costa del Sol town …

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  • Spanish Farmers Hit By Increase in Crop Theft

    The new year has begun with an alarming number of produce robberies in the agricultural areas of Murcia, said the secretary general of ASAJA (Young farmer’s Association) Murcia, Alfonso Gálvez Caravaca, who revealed that “since the beginning of January we …

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  • Alert Over Poisonous Pine Caterpillar Season

    “Between now and the middle of April, I’d recommend everyone to be extremely careful of the poisonous Pine Processionary Caterpillars,” warns Jane Tadler. “At this time of year the ‘innocent-looking’ caterpillars are coming out of trees and, as their name …

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  • Spanish Tax Evasion Crackdown a €10bn Success

    Spain’s efforts to clamp down on fiscal fraud yielded a record 10 billion euros last year, underlining the determination of some of Europe’s financially crippled governments to chase tax evaders to help balance their budgets. The unexpected haul was 23 …

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  • Ryanair Threatens to Stop Offering Boarding Pass Reissue in Spain

    In response to the recent ruling in Spain over pre-printed boarding passes, Ryanair has issued a statement saying the Spanish commercial court’s decision is “bizarre and unlawful” and threatened to stop printing boarding passes altogether in Spain. Stephen McNamara, a …

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  • Largest Cocaine Laboratory in Europe Dismantled in Madrid

    Police in Madrid have dismantled what they called the “largest and most sophisticated cocaine laboratory in Europe” known to date and arrested 25 people, according to a statement released today. Anti-drug officers confiscated 300 kilograms of cocaine, 2 million euros …

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