Feck all cash for Almeria province in 2014 budget

The Junta is presenting it’s 2014 budget, and has slashed real term investment by 13% over 2013 in order to keep basic services running. The Junta no longer breaks down its annual investment by province as it causes all sorts of uproar, especially in the far flung provinces like Almeria or Jaen, who proportionally receive less cash per head of population than the central provinces of Seville or Cadiz. But it’s been confirmed that there Continue reading Feck all cash for Almeria province in 2014 budget

Basque government waves “bye bye” to Fagor

Bankrupt white good maker Fagor may be about to go under for good after the Basque government said it wasn’t prepared to put any cash into the company if the main investors wouldn’t. Fagor is part of Mondragon, the vast Basque conglomerate that runs dozens of businesses in the region. But Mondragon refused to underwrite the billion euro debt Fagor has run up, which is what caused the bankruptcy in the first place, and doesn’t Continue reading Basque government waves “bye bye” to Fagor

Almeria airport strike ends

You might not have noticed, but Almeria airport has been on strike for 73 days now. Actually, it’s the Swissport ground handling staff, who went on strike back in August at 8 airports across Spain: Barcelona, Jerez, Almería, Alicante, Málaga, Fuerteventura, Valencia and Barajas cargo. The strike is now Spains longest airport strike. Swissport employees have been complaining about staff layoffs which, they say, meant those who remain have to work much harder, as well Continue reading Almeria airport strike ends

Manolo Escobar dies

Manolo Escobar, one of Spain’s most famous famous singers and songwriters, has passed away at the age of 82.   A local lad, originally from Las Norias (in El Ejido), he’s most famous amongst the Brits for his rousing last Franco-Era 1971 “¡Que viva España!”, the one we all sing on the plane to Benidorm after the duty free’s been round. Not that he was too proud of that one, he always considered his best song to Continue reading Manolo Escobar dies

Spanish “green tax” on fuel probably illegal, says EU

The “centime sanitario” tax levied on petrol and diesel is against EU legislation, according to Nils Whal, chief lawyer to the EU. The EU has taken the Spanish tax to the general court in Luxembourg which is expected to issue a ruling on the tax within the next few months. They are expected to rule against Spain, and order the return of around 13 billion euros collected via this tax. Spain was taken to the Continue reading Spanish “green tax” on fuel probably illegal, says EU

Cuevas central shops become an “open commercial centre”

Shopkeepers in Cuevas have united to form an “open commercial centre” will backing from the townhall and the Junta de Andalucía. Cuevas del Almanzora is now the third city in Almeria to have such a setup, coming after Almeria city centre and Adra. The idea behind the “open commercial centre” is that the central shops all join up as if they were a large outdoor shopping mall. They share promotions, links to one another’s shops Continue reading Cuevas central shops become an “open commercial centre”

Catalan independence referendum to be tabled within weeks

ERC, the Catalan nationalist coalition, announced today in Congress that “within weeks” they would be tabling the proposed Catalan Independence Referendum Bill, together with a timetable, for the approval of Congress. The PP has stated before that they will reject any attempt to table such legislation and will not permit a referendum, so this is going to cause a fuss. Anyway, the question will be “more or less”: Are you in favour of the independence Continue reading Catalan independence referendum to be tabled within weeks

Hey, the recession is over!

Hurrah! The Spanish economy grew 0,1% in the last quarter according to todays economic data. Meaning the recession has ended, and the champers can come out. Hang on….. Turns out the growth in the economy is because Spain is now one of the cheapest nations in the EU for labour costs, and all the growth is in things being built and shipped abroad for better performing nations. Internal growth is still flat-lining, consumer confidence continues Continue reading Hey, the recession is over!