Monday, March 27, 2017

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Emerging Ciudadanos party plans attack on two-party system

The strong performance by emerging political force Ciudadanos (Citizens) at the Catalan elections on Sunday will have prompted other party leaders to raise the bar ahead of the upcoming Spanish general elections, due to be held in December. With 25 seats in the regional assembly, up from nine, Ciudadanos has suddenly become the second-largest presence in Catalan politics, after the …

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Why today’s Catalonia regional elections are unlike any other

Catalonia, the second most populated region in Spain, and one of the most prosperous in economic terms, has celebrated 10 regional elections since democracy returned to Spain in 1978. In theory, today’s polls were set to be number 11, but these are not ordinary elections. Polling stations opened today after three years during which the Generalitat – the Catalan regional …

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The Rugby World Cup explodes into life!

The tournament has lift-off, as Japan bring off the shock result of rugby history. The smallest team in the event beat the biggest – the massive Springboks. Last weekend’s extraordinary victory against South Africa made an absolute mockery of Japan’s status as the only side in the history of the World Cup to concede 1,000 points. The application, dedication and …

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The English football season resumes…

English Premier League and Championship football returns tomorrow following the International break for the 2016 Euros. To pick up where it left off: after four games the only team with a 100% record, Manchester City, sit proudly at the top. Fairly predictable so far, but check out the League table. Crystal Palace sit in 2nd place following their historic win …

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Pro-independence parties to win a slim majority at election

The parties running on a joint pro-independence ticket in the Catalan regional election on September 27th are likely to win a narrow majority, thus paving the way for a possible unilateral declaration of independence, according to the latest poll carried out by Spain’s Centre for Sociological Research (CIS), an independent body that reports to the Prime Minister’s Office. The Junts …

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The Balearics lead a Spanish house price surge of 4%, the biggest year-on-year rise since 2007

Spanish house prices surged 4.2% in the second quarter of the year compared with the previous three month period, according to figures released today by the National Statistics Institute (INE). Year-on-year, the recent numbers represent a 4% rise in real estate prices. This is the biggest increase since 2007, just before the beginning of the global economic crisis and the subsequent …

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Spain will take in more refugees but is already overwhelmed by petitions

The Spanish government has confirmed that it will take in more refugees than the 2,749 it had originally planned to accept before this summer’s sudden surge in asylum seekers. The European Union wants to assign Spain a quota of 15,000 refugees, representing 12.44% of the 120,000 people that Brussels wants to distribute among member states. A committee of ministers presided …

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Companies require their staff to lie to Labour Inspectors

“Labour inspectors will visit us today or tomorrow. Managers should make sure that staff members who work more hours than they are contracted for are not visible during the next couple of days.” This is one of the instructions issued by the Human Resources department of a hotel company in San Antonio, in the form of a circular sent last …

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What to do when it’s raining…

No English football this weekend as there is an international break for the penultimate round of Qualifying competition for UEFA Euro 2016 in France next summer. However all of the ‘important’ Qualifiers can be found on TV if it continues to rain and the beach isn’t an option? After tonight’s dismal display in Tblisi, Scotland now have to beat Germany …

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Barcelona to crack down on illegal subletting through Airbnb

Apartment owners in Barcelona are discovering that people posing as long-term tenants are renting their properties with the sole intention of illegally sub-letting them to tourists through vacation accommodation sites such as Airbnb, in some cases earning triple the cost of the rent. Airbnb recognises that around a third of its users have more than one advertisement on the site. …

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