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Spanish King to Visit the UK

Spanish State Visit will celebrate close ties between our two countries and our two peoples, says British Ambassador Simon Manley The British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, has welcomed the announcement of a State Visit to the United Kingdom from the 6th to the 8th of June 2017. “In this Sapphire Jubilee celebration year for Her

Unemployment in Healthy Decline

The number of unemployed people in Spain fell by just over nine thousand to three point seven million in February, according to official government figures. Overall, the number of people out of work has gone down by over 402 thousand over 12 months. On a month-to-month basis, the Murcia region’s total of 117 thousand people

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Ex-IMF Boss Receives Four-Year Jail Sentence for Embezzlement While in Charge of Two Spanish Banks

The ex-boss of the International Monetary Fund, Chief Rodrigo Rato, has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for misusing corporate credit cards while in charge of two leading Spanish banks at the height of the country’s financial crisis. Rato, a former economy minister and deputy prime minister, was found guilty of embezzlement at the

Highly Contagious Bird Flu Strain Detected in Catalunya Farm

More than 17,000 ducks will be culled in Spain after a highly contagious bird flu strain that has affected poultry throughout Europe was detected at a Catalunya region farm. The virus is H5N8, which has seen hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese slaughtered across the border in the southwest of France. Up until now,

Bulgarian People-Trafficking Gang Operating from Orihuela Arrested by National Police

A five-strong Bulgarian family who enticed fellow Bulgarians to come over to Spain for a new life, and then forced them to beg on the streets, has been arrested by the National Police. Two children and an adult were freed by the authorities, who discovered that they were coerced into asking for money in Orihuela,

Princess Cristina Cleared of Tax Fraud

Princess Cristina, the 51-year-old sister of King Felipe and sixth in line to the Spanish throne, was cleared this morning in her tax fraud trial. However, her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, was given a six year and three month jail term by the court in Palma, Mallorca. Urdangarin was accused of using his royal connections to

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All Shops in Spain to Charge for Plastic Carrier Bags From January

All Spanish shops will be legally obliged to charge a minimum of five cents for plastic carrier bags. Environment minister, Isabel García Tejerina, says free plastic bags will be banned from January 1st next year in an attempt to cut their use, in line with the European Directive of 2015, which all member States are

Orihuela Costa Residents Not So Satisfied With Their Beaches

A report for Orihuela council that shows satisfaction levels at 80 percent for local beaches has been queried by the Federación de Asociaciones de Orihuela Costa (FAOC), who say that the overall figure masks concerns that were raised by people that were questioned. Recently appointed beaches and coastal councillor Luisa Boné (pictured left), along with tourism

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Spanish Prime Minister Warns Brexit Could Harm Spain’s Recovering Economy

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned this week that Britain’s exit from the EU posed a severe threat to Spain’s recovering economy, and made a plea for cohesion in Europe. “Brexit is a serious threat,” Rajoy told a Madrid conference organised by the right-of-centre ABC newspaper. “Without wanting to go into other considerations, I will only

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