IMF urges reforms as Spanish exports soar

IMF urges reforms as Spanish exports soar

Spain's trade deficit was halved in April as exports soared, especially to China and other fast-growing emerging markets, the government said on Wednesday, offering a rare glimmer of good news for a nation struggling in a double-dip recession even as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called on Madrid to do more.

Taxi decree slaps donkeys with ID plates

Taxi decree slaps donkeys with ID plates

Officials in the popular resort town of Mijas, on the south-west coast of Spain, have demanded that local donkeys and their drivers wear identification plates as part of a push to improve the standard of the town's taxi service.

Breastfeeding mothers battle the bottle in Spain

Breastfeeding mothers battle the bottle in Spain

A new report which puts Spain near the foot of the table of developed countries for the promotion of successful breastfeeding has rekindled the breastfeeding versus bottle-feeding debate.

IMF predicts ‘possible’ Spanish recovery

IMF predicts ‘possible’ Spanish recovery

Spain's biting recession may end soon but the outlook is tough and Madrid must do more to battle the country's unacceptably high unemployment rate, the IMF warned on Wednesday.

UK cracks down on expat benefit cheats in Spain

UK cracks down on expat benefit cheats in Spain

UK government investigators are cracking down on the country's Spain-based expat benefit cheats, a group they claim are the world's worst when it comes to welfare fraud.

‘Artistic’ fascist symbol saved from scrapheap

‘Artistic’ fascist symbol saved from scrapheap

The Spanish government has refused to remove an emblematic shield of the Franco dictatorship from a Bank of Spain window in Alicante because of its 'artistic value'.

Spain’s millionaire club grows despite crisis

Spain’s millionaire club grows despite crisis

The number of millionaires in Spain grew more than 5 percent in 2012 in what was a crisis-bucking development.

Torres talks up chances against tiny Tahiti

Torres talks up chances against tiny Tahiti

Spain forward Fernando Torres was on the outside looking in as his compatriots made a winning start in the Confederations Cup against Uruguay, but the Chelsea forward says he intends to give coach Vicente Del Bosque a selection dilemma if he can get some game time for the world champions against minnows Tahiti on Thursday.

Economy minister touts ‘closer to zero’ growth

Economy minister touts ‘closer to zero’ growth

Spain, the eurozone's fourth-largest economy, started to emerge from recession during the second quarter, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos asserted on Tuesday.