Let’s break Spain into a “Federal” state, urges PSOE

The PSOE is now urging the government to turn Spain into a full Federal state, with full powers to the regions, as an alternate to the breakup of Spain if Catalonia tries for full independence. It was first officially suggested last week by the President of Andalucia, Griñán, and the sentiment was echoed today by Rubalcaba, the leader of the PSOE. “I quite like the German model” he told reporters. Rubalcaba also said that the Continue reading Let’s break Spain into a “Federal” state, urges PSOE

Old dear who “fixed” Ecce Homo mural wants her cut of the profits

Remember the old dear who “fixed” the mural on the wall of the church in Zaragoza? The one that turned out like a bear in a hat? Anyway, so many people are flocking through the doors of the church to look at it that she’s decided to sue the church if they don’t cough up her commission. She’s asked for a cut of the proceeds taken at the door, which she reckons amount to about Continue reading Old dear who “fixed” Ecce Homo mural wants her cut of the profits

Cartagena – Vera toll road enters bankruptcy proceedings

The Cartagena – Vera toll road has filed a petition for bankruptcy protection in the Madrid courts, as it cannot meet debt repayments on the 550 million euro debt the holding company owes. According to the company, non payments of maintainence by the Junta and Murcia, and very low (I would say almost non-existent) traffic levels means that it hasn’t been able to keep up with the payments since September 2011. Aucosta, the company that Continue reading Cartagena – Vera toll road enters bankruptcy proceedings

Vueling ups Almeria – Barcelona flights to daily

Vueling, currently operating a three times a week service to Barcelona, has confirmed that as from October the service will be upped to daily. Finally, some good news to offset the rest. The flights continue to be at the same time, but will be daily from Monday to Sunday, leaving Almeria at 12.25 and reaching Barcelona at 13.45. The credit here is due to the local tourism board of Almería, which actually concentrates on ways Continue reading Vueling ups Almeria – Barcelona flights to daily

Junta refuses to pay out for agreed tourism sponsorship deals this year

The Junta de Andalucia, bankrupt in every sense except the “let’s admit it” sense, has just announced that it will welsh on all agreed tourism sponsorship deals for the second half of this year, after the credit card started to bounce. After having sunk the Andalucian Masters tournament by refusing at the last minute to cut the agreed check, the Junta has now admitted it can’t pay out for the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, Continue reading Junta refuses to pay out for agreed tourism sponsorship deals this year

Corvera airport gets its airspace approved

Corvera airport in Murcia has had its airspace approved, by whichever government department permits such things. According to El Razón, this means that the airport has a circle of airspace dedicated to take off and landings, and this is the final step before something called calibration flights can begin. The first of these is expected to take off in the next few weeks. The calibration flights, it seems, are designed to test the airspace limitations, Continue reading Corvera airport gets its airspace approved

Debt default levels at Spanish banks reaching 10%

In other word, 1 out of every 10 creditor is likely to default. The tasa de morosida at Spanish credit institutions has reached 9.86% in July, breaking the level of 9.42% reached in June, according to the Banco de España. Spanish banks are now holding a bag of bad debts totalling some 170.000 million euros, and the amount available to lend in the system has dropped to 1.71 trillion euros, down from 1.74 trillion in Continue reading Debt default levels at Spanish banks reaching 10%

The walkway in Cuevas everyone said would be washed away in the first rains… was

And it only cost 750,000€. The rambler and cyclist walkway, inaugurated by Cuevas townhall this July at a cost of 750,000€, which went along the Almanzora river between the villages of Palomares, Villaricos, Los Lobos, La Mulería and up to Las Herrerías, has been “totally destroyed” by the recent rains, according to ideal.es. The paper reports that the tecnicos from the Diputación were so concerned about the townhall plans that they officially registered their concerns Continue reading The walkway in Cuevas everyone said would be washed away in the first rains… was

House prices accelerate their fall

The fall in house prices across Spain has sped up according to the latest suvey from the government statistics body INE. House prices in the 2nd quarter of 2012 fell by 14,4% over their price a year ago, according to government registered house prices. It’s the biggest year on year fall since 2008, and comes on top of the 12,8% fall experienced in the 1ºst quarter of 2012. In fact, it doesn’t matter how you Continue reading House prices accelerate their fall