Today saw the investiture of the Andalusian Parliament. Not the votes for the President of the Junta de Andalucia which takes place on Monday, and which looks likely to leave Andalusia rudderless. In brief, the President of the Junta is the executive, the Parliament is the legislative. 109 MP’s from five different parties turned up today to take their seats. For the first time anywhere in Spain, MP’s from the new Podemos and Cuidadanos parties Continue reading Andalusian Parliament investiture ends in rows and legal action
Andalusia came out of the recent election with a hung parliament, and Susana Diaz of the PSOE party continues running round all the opposition parties to see if she can put together some sort of coalition ahead of next weeks investiture. If she can’t get support, she won’t be voted in as President of Andalusia and the region will continue without a parliament. In order to rule, the PSOE has to make a coalition with Continue reading Who will rule Andalusia?
If you live in Turre and are at all interested in the forthcoming municipal elections, I urge you to pop along to the presentation of the new residents party that will be putting forward a list of candidates for the townhall. It’s called Somos Turre (We are Turre), and is lead by experienced local councillor and all round good egg Martin Morales, who is currently the IU councillor in opposition. He will standing on the Continue reading Somos Turre presentation this Wednesday
The controversial abortion law that would have sent Spain back to the days of Franco has been dropped. PM Rajoy’s office has admitted that due to lack of internal consensus it’s unlikely to be passed in this legislature and can be considered shelved. It’s a humiliating blow to the extreme conservative wing of the PP, under Justice Minister Alberto Gallardon (he used to be Mayor of Madrid), but Spain has united in defence of women’s Continue reading Spain drops abortion reform law
Rosmari had a plan to give all of her workers in Mojacar townhall a “bonus” of €1,000 this year, but this has now been scuppered after it was ruled to be illegal. The general consensus is that this was a cheap electioneering trick by Rosmari to buy votes ahead of the 2015 elections. OK, not that cheap – it would have cost the townhall €139,000, hardly a trifling sum for a townhall which already has Continue reading Mojacar’s plan to give all townhall workers €1000 scuppered
Wealth tax will be abolished ahead of the 2015 elections, but IBI (Spanish tax on property) looks likely to go up again to compensate. That will annoy the hundreds of thousands of expat property owners who will see their IBI tax possibly double or triple. The wealth tax is known in Spanish as impuesto del patrimonio and is administered by the regions. It was originally centralised in 2008, but was returned to the regions back Continue reading Wealth tax will be abolished next year, but IBI to go up
As is usual in Spain, voters are rubbing their hands preparing for the election bribes, and this year will be no exception – Rajoy is preparing a 4,5 billion euro tax cut for families ahead of next years elections. It’s similar to the 400 euro cut that won Zapatero his last elections, but is expected to be applied in a different manner to avoid pissing off Brussels.