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Abandoned towns in Spain are selling for as little as $100,000

by Lucia Benavides Jun 17, 2019
One real estate company has made a business out of assisting struggling rural towns.
 A man walks through a deserted street in Villacanas, Spain, which was abandoned as the main factory closed in 2012.
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Brexit

Brexit puts Gibraltar residents between a rock and a hard place

by Stephen Beard Oct 16, 2018
People in the U.K. territory adjoining Spain voted against Brexit and are now fearful.
The Rock of Gibraltar. 
Courtesy of Mimisse Beard
Brexit

Brexit puts Gibraltar residents between a rock and a hard place

by Stephen Beard Oct 16, 2018
People in the U.K. territory adjoining Spain voted against Brexit and are now fearful.
The Rock of Gibraltar. 
Courtesy of Mimisse Beard

European politics are causing tremors in financial markets

by David Brancaccio and Janet Nguyen May 29, 2018
But, "it's also important to remember that the markets are not in anything like the kind of conditions they were when the eurozone crisis was at its most intense back in 2011 and 2012," Andrew Walker, an economics correspondent for…
Italian President Sergio Mattarella addresses journalists after a meeting with Italy's prime ministerial candidate Giuseppe Conte on Sunday at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome. Italy's prime ministerial candidate Giuseppe Conte gave up his mandate to form a government after talks with the president over his cabinet collapsed. 
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How to be a tour guide

by Eliza Mills Mar 9, 2018
Jonathan Lerner put his passion for people, culture and history to work when he founded Tailored Tours Barcelona.
“Every time, I'm still humbled by the absolute beauty of the city, of the architecture and of the cultural heritage that I'm able to share,” says Jonathan Lerner of Barcelona. Above, La Sagrada Família basilica.
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The Spanish Christmas Lottery is a cultural and economic phenomenon

by Lucia Benavides Dec 19, 2017
The Spanish Christmas Lottery, one of the biggest draws in the world, has a payout of over 2 billion euros and a participation rate of 75 percent.
People line up for hours to purchase their Christmas lottery tickets in Spain. About 75 percent of adults in the country participate in the lottery draw each year. 
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"Schrodinger's declaration of independence" in Spain

by Anu Anand Oct 11, 2017
Spanish businesses are confused after the latest developments in Catalonia.
Catalan regional government president Carles Puigdemont signs a document about the independence of Catalonia at the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona on October 10, 2017. Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday he accepted the "mandate of the people" for the region to become "an independent republic," but proposed suspending its immediate implementation to allow for dialogue.
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Catalonia’s vote could shake up one of the world’s biggest soccer teams

by Golda Arthur Oct 4, 2017
FC Barcelona is a soccer club, a global brand and a symbol of Catalan identity.
 Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on as Catalan Pro-Independence flags are seen on the background during the La Liga match between Barcelona and SD Eibar at Camp Nou on September 19, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. 
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Catalans voted to separate from Spain. Now what?

by Kai Ryssdal and Stephen Beard Oct 2, 2017
Ninety percent of the nearly 2.5 million votes were in favor of independence.
A man waving a pro-independence flag near a polling station in Barcelona.
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The big reason Catalonia wants to secede may be economic: it's one of the richest regions in Spain

by Marketplace Contributor Sep 29, 2017
With a GDP of 266 billion euros, economists say Catalonia could be economically viable without Spain if it secedes in its Oct. independence referendum.
Merchandise stands have popped up all over Barcelona, selling everything from T-shirts to banners that say "Sí" for a "Yes" vote. The region is preparing for an independence referendum on Oct. 1 to secede from Spain, a move that the central government has declared illegal. 
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