Monday, March 27, 2017

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An English guide to the Spanish election

The general election of December 20th is already being viewed as a game-changer, no matter what the outcome. This is because, for the first time since Spain embraced democracy in the late 1970s following the Franco dictatorship, two emerging parties are posing a serious challenge to the Socialists (PSOE) and the conservative Popular Party (PP). Until now, these two had …

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Movistar offer the slowest connection to Netflix users

Netflix, the online streaming content provider, has released a ranking of Spanish telecoms companies based on the broadband speeds available when users connect to the entertainment service. The ranking list focuses on prime time (8pm to 11pm, according to the US-based company), and shows that Movistar offered the slowest average connection speeds, out of seven companies analysed over the course …

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Marijuana joins the election agenda

Just weeks after Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled to let four citizens grow and consume marijuana for recreational purposes, around 50 Spanish associations are asking Spain’s political parties to open up a national debate on the same issue. The request, made by an umbrella group called Regulación Responsable (Responsible Regulation), comes with less than a month to go before Spain holds …

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New poll shows ‘No’ vote would win at Catalan referendum by a point

If a legal referendum on self-rule were to be held in Catalonia today, ‘no’ would win over ‘yes’ by one point, according to the latest poll by the Catalan Opinion Study Center (CEO), which is funded by the Catalan government. The survey, which was released on Friday, shows 47.8 % opposition to independence compared with 46.7 % support for a …

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‘Road chaos’ in and around Jesús really begins next Wednesday

The Consell de Ibiza have announced that next Wednesday (November 18th) the road from the Muebles La Fábrica roundabout to the village of Jesús will be closed to traffic for 45 days, forcing drivers to take alternative routes to reach Jesus. The works will start on Wednesday and have a maximum deadline of five months! Throughout this time, they will …

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Part of Sant Joan road closed for this winter’s entensive renovation

The Consell hope to get the work done “as quickly as possible” in order that the entire project is completed before the starting of the 2016 season. The stretch of the road to Sant Joan (C-733) that has been closed to traffic today runs between kilometer 8 (rotonda de los Cazadores) and kilometer 10.6 (Trull d’en Vic). Access is now …

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Rajoy claims Catalan independence declaration will not achieve its goals

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy today warned that the Spanish state would not withhold the use of any available political or legal tools when it came to defending Spain and upholding its law and Constitution. The statement by the leader of the centre-right Popular Party (PP) came after Catalan secessionist parties had earlier registered a document declaring “the beginning of the …

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FIFA confirms corruption probe into actions of Spanish Federation chief

The Ethics Committee at the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) announced today that it is investigating Ángel María Villar, the president of the Spanish Football Federation, for allegedly buying votes during the selection process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup events, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively. In a statement published on the FIFA website, the …

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Spain managing to hold off the impact of a global slowdown: IMF report

For the Spanish economy the current advantages of the new international outlook – cheaper oil, a weaker euro against the dollar, low interest rates – are having a greater effect than the disadvantages – fewer exports to China, lower demand from Latin America. As a result, it is among the few countries whose growth predictions haven’t been revised downwards in …

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Volkswagen admits 683,626 vehicles affected by emissions scandal in Spain

Nearly two weeks after US authorities uncovered Volkswagen’s sophisticated scheme to deceive pollution emission regulators, the German carmaker has put a figure on the number of vehicles affected in Spain. According to the company, 683,626 automobiles are equipped with the fraudulent EA 189 Euro 5 diesel engines, which come with software that reduces emissions during regulatory testing, but not on …

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