Monday, March 27, 2017


Winter or Spring in Ibiza – cheap and mind-bogglingly beautiful

Most people consider Ibiza to be a summer party destination that opens in May and shuts at the end of October each year. This is certainly true of the big nightclubs and most of the hotels, but our big sister island of Mallorca remains ‘open’ all year round. How can this be? Perhaps it’s a subconscious decision by the island’s …

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The Spanish economy grew by 3.2% in 2015

The National Statistics Institute (INE) on Friday confirmed an estimate advanced by the Bank of Spain a month ago: gross domestic product (GDP) grew 3.2% last year, the biggest improvement since 2007, before the crisis hit home. The Spanish economy managed to prolong its upward pace in the final stretch of the year, posting fourth-quarter growth of 0.8% from the …

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Sanchez and Iglesias negotiate proposal to form government

The leaders of the PSOE and Podemos, Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias, respectively, have today spoken about forming a “plural and progressive” government. The conversation was cordial and both have agreed to maintain contact in the coming days on the need to reach an agreement to form a government of “progressive change”. In a joint statement, Iglesias stressed the importance …

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Lower energy prices are good news for Spain

Lower prices for energy and other commodities may be good news for importing countries such as Spain. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released an update of its World Economic Outlook report, raising its own forecast for Spanish GDP growth over the next two years. In the new scenario, the Spanish economy will grow 2.7% in 2016 and 2.3% in …

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New Catalan premier admits he lacks the backing to declare independence

The new Catalan regional premier, Carles Puigdemont, left puzzled looks on several faces after stating that “we are standing between post-autonomy and pre-independence” when he was voted in a week ago yesterday. Four days later, the separatist leader sought to clear up the meaning of his words on regional television station TV-3, where he gave his first interview since taking …

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Balearic Islands on a yellow weather alert

All the islands of the Balearic archipelago are currently on yellow alert (risk) for coastal phenomena, with a force 6-7 southwest wind forecast and waves of up to 2-3 metres, according to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET). Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera have a yellow warning as a result of winds, with gusts that could reach 90 mph in northern parts …

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Madrid approves an airfield for Santa Eulalia

The Ministry of the Environment has reported favourably on the environmental impact of the proposed construction and operation of an airfield for ultra-light aircraft at a farm 2.5 kilometers from Santa Eulalia town centre. However, the project still lacks the approval of the State Aviation Safety Agency. In addition, the Consell de Ibiza has to approve the project, because it …

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Socialist leader dismisses Podemos deal over Catalonia

Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez addressed his party this morning, saying that he would “work his fingers to the bone” to try to deal with the demands for a “shift to the left” that Spanish society expressed at the December 20th elections. But, he said, he would not do so “at any price.” At no time will he discuss …

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Spanish general election turnout slightly higher than in 2011

As Spaniards went to the polls in a watershed election today, overall turnout was slightly higher than in 2011 by 6pm. With two hours to go before polling stations closed, turnout was 58.36%, less than one percentage point higher than four years ago. In Catalonia, where the political scene is further complicated by the secessionist drive, turnout was 56.64%. Analysts …

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