Spain's coal industry is shutting down unprofitable plants

Oct 8, 2020
Spanish energy providers decided that refitting coal plants to reduce carbon emissions and meet EU regulations was too expensive.
With this latest round of closures, at least 1,100 jobs are at stake.
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Spain's party island faces an uncertain summer

Jun 26, 2020
Ibiza usually welcomes 3 million tourists to its beaches and clubs in summertime. What now with COVID-19 restrictions?
A nearly empty boardwalk in Ibiza in May. Normally, tourists would swarm the island this time of year.
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Spain to hold a general election — again

Nov 8, 2019
The continuing political stalemate could hamper economic growth.
A rally for the far-right party Vox during the last general election in April in Granada, Spain.
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Abandoned towns in Spain are selling for as little as $100,000

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 puts Gibraltar residents between a rock and a hard place

Oct 16, 2018
People in the U.K. territory adjoining Spain voted against Brexit and are now fearful.
The Rock of Gibraltar. 
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Brexit puts Gibraltar residents between a rock and a hard place

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

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 the BBC told us.
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

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

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

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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