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Spain's tourism growth slows as rivals recover

Spain's tourism growth slows as rivals recover

Spain saw growth in its crux tourism sector slow in 2018 as sun-soaked competitors like Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia recovered, industry lobby group Exceltur said Thursday.

ESCP Europe’s hands-on business degree opens international doors

ESCP Europe’s hands-on business degree opens international doors

Business internships are more than just a practical way for business students to gain workplace skills and experience. They’re highly valued by future employers too, as recent graduates of prestigious business school ESCP Europe’s Bachelor in Management (BSc) programme are finding out.

 
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Illegal workers in southern Spain: unwanted but indispensable

Illegal workers in southern Spain: unwanted but indispensable

In southern Spain, the far-right party Vox has drawn farmers' votes with a pledge to deport illegal workers.

10 reasons you should visit Malta in 2019

10 reasons you should visit Malta in 2019

Whether you’re interested in history, sports, food, art, doing business or learning something new, the Maltese Islands should be your next port of call – and this is why.

 
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Why 2019 is a great year to live abroad

Why 2019 is a great year to live abroad

Around 50 million people live outside their native countries, enticed by the many benefits of expatriation. Such an upheaval isn’t without its challenges but as we approach 2019, an expat survey* suggests there’s never been a better time to live abroad.

 
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Ten resolutions to make the most of life in Spain in 2019

Ten resolutions to make the most of life in Spain in 2019

Stuck in a Spain-sized rut? Need to add some sparkle to your life in 2019? The Local offers you ten easy-to-achieve resolutions that will make the coming year in Spain one to remember.

Eight essential ways to tackle winter like a true Spaniard

Eight essential ways to tackle winter like a true Spaniard

From what to wear to what to order, we've got the tips to help you blend in like a true local as the mercury drops.

How Spain is reacting to Brexit deal defeat

How Spain is reacting to Brexit deal defeat

The failure of the vote in Westminster last night dominated the front pages and news websites in Spain on Wednesday.

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Llovizna'

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Llovizna'

Luckily, for most of the year and in most places across Spain this isn't a word that you will need to use very much, unless you live in Galicia or Asturias!

Spanish govt admits snap general election may be a possibilty

Spanish govt admits snap general election may be a possibilty

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's minority government, which is struggling to pass its draft 2019 budget, would not rule out holding an early general election, a top cabinet minister said on Monday.

Court asks for jail transfer of Catalans before trial

Court asks for jail transfer of Catalans before trial

Spain's Supreme Court asked Thursday for nine Catalan separatist leaders jailed for their role in the 2017 independence bid to be transferred to Madrid so they can be tried in "the last week" of January.

Festive cheer: Seven great Spanish tipples to enjoy over the holidays

Festive cheer: Seven great Spanish tipples to enjoy over the holidays

There is nothing better than celebrating the holiday season with a great drink or two among friends and family, and what better way to do it than Spanish style?

Eight of Barcelona’s best budget hotels

Eight of Barcelona’s best budget hotels

Between Gaudi’s park and Barceloneta beach, Barcelona is a sea-and-city double threat. We’ve got the lowdown on the best low-cost hotels in the area, which will let you experience life in the Catalan capital – and still have euros left over for a glass of sangria or two.

Battling Brexit: How a group of Brits in Europe took on the fight for citizens' rights

Battling Brexit: How a group of Brits in Europe took on the fight for citizens' rights

This is the story of how a small group of campaigners came together to lead the fight for the rights of Britons left in limbo after Brexit.

How a group of Brits took up a struggle for millions of their co-citizens: Part One

How a group of Brits took up a struggle for millions of their co-citizens: Part One

In the first instalment of a three-part series investigating how different, often separate, campaign groups of Brits across the EU led to a pan-European campaign, we retraced the early steps of the Votes for Life movement. Which led us to a near-centenarian British war veteran in a quaint Italian coastal town.

 Four arrested over New Year sex assault in Alicante

Four arrested over New Year sex assault in Alicante

Spanish police said Sunday they have arrested four men suspected of a New Year's Eve sexual assault reminiscent of a 2016 Pamplona bull-running rape case which caused national outrage.

What you need to know about Spain's 2018 rent law changes

What you need to know about Spain's 2018 rent law changes

Essential reading for anyone letting out or renting a property in Spain in 2018.

Vodafone set to cut up to 1,200 jobs in Spain

Vodafone set to cut up to 1,200 jobs in Spain

Vodafone said Thursday it planned to cut up to 1,200 jobs in Spain as it streamlines its organisation to cope with a drop in revenue and profits in a fiercely competitive telecommunications market.

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Macron's political 'revolution' fails with weary French

Macron's political 'revolution' fails with weary French

When the French president was elected in 2017, there were high hopes he would usher in a new political era. But the anti-elite yellow vests movement and sentiment across France show his bid to restore faith in politics has failed.

 

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Spain is about to raise the minimum wage by a whopping 22 percent

Spain is about to raise the minimum wage by a whopping 22 percent

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Wednesday his cabinet would approve next week a 22 percent increase in the monthly minimum wage to €1,050 ($1,192) in 2019.

ANALYSIS: What will the new right-wing coalition government do with Andalusia after 40 years of socialism?

ANALYSIS: What will the new right-wing coalition government do with Andalusia after 40 years of socialism?

Traditional Catholic conservatives propose radical overhaul of regional government system while liberal reformists defend the status quo.

Spanish police arrest three for neo-Nazi website

Spanish police arrest three for neo-Nazi website

Spanish police on Saturday announced the arrest of three men they said ran the Spanish section of "one of the most influential neo-nazi websites" in the world.

'Monstrous' Messi scores 400th La Liga goal

'Monstrous' Messi scores 400th La Liga goal

Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal on Sunday, a total his coach Ernesto Valverde called "monstrous", as Barcelona terrorised Eibar to reclaim their five-point cushion at the top of the table.

Spain 'mastergate' university faces new degree giveaway claims

Spain 'mastergate' university faces new degree giveaway claims

A Spanish university already accused of gifting degrees to high-profile politicians is also being probed for allegedly giving away diplomas.

Where to next? Join The Local’s new travel group on Facebook

Where to next? Join The Local’s new travel group on Facebook

The Local has launched a new travel-focussed Facebook group and we’d love you to share your insights. You’ll also be in with a chance to win flight vouchers.

Spain bans painkiller for tourists after death of ten Brits

Spain bans painkiller for tourists after death of ten Brits

Spanish health authorities have banned the sale of a common painkiller to tourists after it was linked to the deaths of at least ten British holidaymakers.

The ten commandments for expats living in Spain

The ten commandments for expats living in Spain

Irish expat Carol Byrne outlines the ten golden rules you will need to follow to be a happy expat in Spain.

Swiss suspect in murder of Scandinavian hikers 'had psychiatric problems'

Swiss suspect in murder of Scandinavian hikers 'had psychiatric problems'

The man arrested in connection with the murder of two Danish and Norwegian hikers was receiving Swiss disability benefits for psychiatric problems, a Spanish newspaper reported on Tuesday.