Spain Papers Review - Saturday October 1 2016
Posted in: Today's Spanish Papers
Oct 1, 2016 - 8:24 AM

El País headlines ‘the open war in the PSOE reaches today the decisive battle’. All the followers of Sánchez and all those who oppose him will attend a Federal Committee without an agenda and without knowing what will be the result.

Spain On This Day - October 1
Posted in: History
Oct 1, 2016 - 1:32 AM

1500 - on the island of Santo Domingo, Christopher Columbus is imprisoned by an emissary of the Catholic Monarchs and sent to Spain because of the calumnies against him.
1777 - in the Palace of La Granja, a boundary treaty is signed in America between Spain and Portugal.
1792 - In Cataluña the Diario de Barcelona newspaper is launched.
1800 – Spain cedes Louisiana to France via the Treaty of San Ildefonso.
1814 - The Battle of Rancagua begins in Chile, marking the start of the Spanish Reconquest of Chile.

Spain Business Brief - Friday September 30 2016
Posted in: Business Brief
Sep 30, 2016 - 8:08 PM

The tourism boom continues: Spain has welcomed in eight months 52.5 million tourists, up 10.1% on same period last year according to data from the Survey of Tourism Movements at Frontiers (Frontur in Spanish) – and released by the National Statistics Institute. No sign of Brexit – The United Kingdom sent over the same eight months 12.4 million tourists up by 13% on last year at the same time, France sent 8.3 million up by 9.6% and Germany sent 7.6 million up 4.9%

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Brown bears in Cantabria are showing serious signs of malnutrition
Posted in: Northern Spain
Sep 30, 2016 - 2:07 PM

The photographic teams from the Fund for the Protection of Wild Animals (Fapas in Spanish) are used to patrol the brown bears in the Cantabrian Mountains and have explained their worst findings on a complicated climatic year this summer which has altered some vital life cycles in the feeding of the bears.

Autumn rural escapes to Spain’s best beauty spots
Posted in: Sightseeing
Sep 30, 2016 - 12:57 PM

The changing colours of autumn create an atmosphere perfect for a short break, to forget the day to day, ease stress and pollution behind in the large cities. Charming villages with narrow streets on the doors to nature and hiking, Spain has so many such villages and hamlets for all tastes.

The dualism between PSOE and the British Labour Party
Posted in: National
Sep 30, 2016 - 11:32 AM

Corbyn’s message to the dissidents to ‘end trench warfare’ and his speaking about the socialism for the 21st century could be replicated by the PSOE with some of his other objectives.

Spain Papers Review - Friday September 30 2016
Posted in: Today's Spanish Papers
Sep 30, 2016 - 8:40 AM

El País headlines ‘Susana Díaz reclaims unity and to recover the winning PSOE’. The leader in Andalucía has called for a party congress to be held as soon as there is new Government. The group supporting Sánchez wants primary elections in October and congress in November.

Spain On This Day - September 30
Posted in: History
Sep 30, 2016 - 12:45 AM

1541 – Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto and his forces enter Tula territory in present-day western Arkansas, encountering fierce resistance.
1744 - The Battle of Madonna dell’Olmo, fought on the outskirts of Cuneo in north western Italy, gave a decisive victory to the armies of Spain and France over the Kingdom of Sardinia in the War of the Austrian Succession.
1813 – Battle of Bárbula: Simón Bolívar defeats Santiago Bobadilla.

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Spain Business Brief - Thursday September 29 2016
Posted in: Business Brief
Sep 29, 2016 - 8:05 PM

The Bank of Spain considers that ‘in sometime in 2017’ Spain will recover the average wage level seen before the crisis, but this cold data does not imply that all the consequences of the extended recession have been put to bed, as Spanish growth will continue but lower in 2017 and 2018 and any jobs created would still be precarious and badly paid, as consumer spending is expected to fall by half in two years.

The president of the Federal Committee: ‘I am the unique authority in the PSOE’
Posted in: National
Sep 29, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Her attempt to take control has for now been thwarted – She has not been allowed to enter the PSOE headquarters in Madrid, Verónica Pérez accuses Sánchez of digging himself into a hole by refusing to resign.

Margallo has asked his EU partners to exclude Gibraltar from their Brexit negotiations
Posted in: (Gibraltar)
Sep 29, 2016 - 12:15 PM

The acting minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo, sent the letters yesterday to all EU counties except the United Kingdom and added Gibraltar was a bilateral matter between London and Madrid.

A British mother left her 7 year old son alone in a hotel to go partying
Posted in: Mallorca
Sep 29, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Agents from the National Police in Manacor have detained a 25 year British tourist as the presumed author of child abandonment, leaving the seven year old boy alone in the hotel room where they were staying.

Spain Papers Review - Thursday September 29 2016
Posted in: Today's Spanish Papers
Sep 29, 2016 - 9:04 AM

El País headlines ‘Sánchez is hanging on after his dismissal’
Historic crisis in Spanish socialism – the majority of the executive have resigned, and have left Sánchez without a function. The dismissed leader is ignoring the decision and he now leads only a minority. Those who have resigned have denied the legitimacy of Sánchez and his team. The critics hope to find a new manager to guide the party to a congress. Editorial - ‘Saving PSOE’

Spain On This Day - September 29
Posted in: History
Sep 29, 2016 - 1:20 AM

1513 - Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and take the South Sea on behalf of Castile.
1578 – Tegucigalpa, capital city of Honduras, is claimed by the Spaniards.
1864 - The Treaty of Lisbon was signed between Spain and Portugal, establishing the current border between the two countries.

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Spain Business Brief - Wednesday September 28 2016
Posted in: Business Brief
Sep 28, 2016 - 7:03 PM

The Treasury is to investigate the 30,000 tax payers who were granted a fiscal amnesty in 2012 granted by Mariano Rajoy
This allowed a payment of only 10% when hidden wealth was revealed without further sanction – now new assets abroad are to be investigated.

New documents have magnified the legend of the Spanish spy who tricked Hitler
Posted in: Profiles
Sep 28, 2016 - 1:58 PM

New declassified documents released by the British Government today, underline the importance of the Spanish double-agent, Joan Pujol, alias ‘Garbo'. He was the leading spy in British intelligence and based in Berlin he established a network of spies across the United Kingdom which only existed in his imagination.

Congress has approved an investigative commission against Fernández Díaz
Posted in: National
Sep 28, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Congress approved yesterday the creation of a commission to investigate the supposed ‘party favouring’ inside the Interior Ministry, and in consequence Jorge Fernández Díaz, with the objective of acting judicially against determined opposition parties using a ‘political police’

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