Luis de Guindos

Minister of the economy, Luis de Guindos, said that the unemployment rate in 2013 will be below the 27.1% set in the stability program submitted to Brussels in April, as a result of “positive inertia” n the labour market.

The secretary of the PSOE, Óscar López, has contradicted the projected unemployment figures reported by the Minister of the economy, Luis de Guindos, stating that the data does not support his optimism.

The secretary of the PSOE, Óscar López, demanded that the President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, “give new explanations immediately to the Spanish people” over his alleged involvement with the so-called ‘Barcenas’ case.

Cristina Cifuentes, delegate of the Government of Madrid, is reacting “surprisingly well” to the serious injuries she suffered in a car crash on Tuesday. According to reported sources of the government office, Cifuentes is responding “very favourably” to treatment, but remains hospitalized in the ICU of La Paz hospital in serious condition.

The twelve-month Euribor, the Euro Interbank Offered Rate, which is a daily reference rate based on the averaged interest rates at which Eurozone banks offer to lend unsecured funds, is set to end August at around 0.540%, slightly above the 0.525% in July.

The Directorate General of Customs of Spain today gave orders to stop the entry of “riprap” stone into Gibraltar, following several complaints to the environment office and to the Guardia Civil of concrete blocks being dropped into the Bay of Algeciras.

Access to Gibraltar slowed down once again on Saturday morning, with intensified police controls at the border causing queues of up to 2 hours, largely put down to the increase in the volume of traffic on weekends.

Guardia Civil officers have arrested three Spanish people and seized 1,260 kilograms of hashish on the Huelva coast, in a joint operation against drug trafficking in which agents from Spain, Italy and Portugal al participated.

Ninety-four immigrants have been intercepted off the coast of Almería, Cartagena and Ceuta today, all trying to reach Spain aboard boats.

A 16-year-old died early this morning after being hit by a freight train in Tarragona. The accident occurred at 03:54 when the train ran over the child whilst crossing the railway track in the area of Ásco station.

A three year old girl, of Chinese nationality, died this morning after falling from the fifth floor of an apartment block in the city of Talavera de la Reina, Toledo.

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