Spanish population plummets as immigrants flee

Spain lost 135.538 people last year as emigration outstripped immigration, and immigrants continued to hand in their residencias at record rates. The stats office INE say that over 200,000 immigrants renounced their residency in 2013, compared to just 15.229 in 2012. And only births registered to Spaniards outstripped deaths by just 54.482 in 2013, almost half that of 2012. Spain already suffered from one of the lowest birth rates in the world, and la crisis Continue reading Spanish population plummets as immigrants flee

Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Microsoft & Yahoo paid just a million in tax

Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Microsoft & Yahoo paid a combined total of 1.251.608 euros in tax last year in Spain. Not news, after the UK fuss, but it seems to have shocked Spain. They follow the usual protocol of just having a local subsidary to look after advertising, merchants, etc in the country, but booking all revenue offshore. What’s worse, is that they have a very small combined staff in Spain. Meaning that, unlike the Continue reading Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Microsoft & Yahoo paid just a million in tax

Altamira caves will reopen to the public

The famous caves of Altamira, which hold some of Europe’s oldest cave paintings, are to reopen to the public on a limited basis. Each week, five people will be selected by lottery and allowed in with a guide. The openings will continue until August, in order to see what effect they have on the cave. If the Altamira foundation feels it is appropriate, they may up the frequency of visits after August. The caves have Continue reading Altamira caves will reopen to the public

PSOE will let all voters choose next generation of leaders (price: 2 euros)

The PSOE will be holding their hustings to choose the next generation of leaders in November, and for the first time, non-affiliated voters will be allowed to cast their ballot, at a cost of €2 each. I’m not sure how much they expect to raise with this measure…. Underage citizens of Spain who are over 16 (so that’s 16-18 year olds) will also be allowed to vote for the first time, but will be automatically Continue reading PSOE will let all voters choose next generation of leaders (price: 2 euros)

Burgos gives up and abandons controversial street plans

The Mayor of Burgos has given up after pressure from across the country and has stopped the controversial plans to reform an avenue in his town which has caused protests across the nation. The announcement came just hours after a vote in the townhall in which his administration decided to continue with the works. All 3 opposition parties were united against the works, but failed to stop the motion passing. The Mayor had previously announced Continue reading Burgos gives up and abandons controversial street plans