Month: January 2020

Catalan premier announces snap election amid dispute over role as deputy

Catalan premier Quim Torra (center).MASSIMILIANO MINOCRI Catalan premier Quim Torra announced on Wednesday that there will be a snap election in the northeastern Spanish region once the regional budget is passed by parliament, a process that could take between two and three months. Torra made the announcement during a surprise institutional statement, after the Catalan …

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Deià: The Spanish village with more tourist accommodation than residents

The Spanish village of Deià.TOLO RAMÓN Nestled at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains on the west coast of Mallorca, in Spain’s Balearic Islands, Deià is a haven for artists and musicians and was home to the novelist Robert Graves before his death in 1985. Surrounded by hills, the village is at the heart of …

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Spain trying to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan along with French, British nationals

Passengers from Beijing arriving in Paris.Kamil Zihnioglu (AP) The 20 or so Spaniards who are trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan due to the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV are due to be repatriated in the coming days, most likely on the same planes that are being prepared by the French authorities to …

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Jailed Catalan leader speaks in parliament on Article 155: “It did nothing to stop us”

Six politicians who were jailed last year for their part in the 2017 independence drive in Catalonia were taken to the regional parliament on Tuesday, where they were due to speak as part of an investigation commission covering the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution that year. The measure, taken by the central …

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Catalan premier challenges regional parliament by refusing to give up seat

Quim Torra in the Catalan parliament.ALBERT GARCIA The Catalan premier Quim Torra on Monday refused to give up his seat in the regional parliament, ignoring decisions by the Supreme Court and the Central Electoral Board stripping him of his credentials after he was found guilty of disobeying electoral rules. The separatist leader called on the …

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Spanish dentist caught secretly filming colleague undress given three years

An image taken of the victim on the hidden camera. Arancha (fictitious name) was working as a receptionist at a dentists clinic in Alcorcón in the Madrid region. Every day, she would change into her uniform in a small storage-laboratory space that was made available for that purpose. One day, as she was beginning to …

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Civil Guard colonel slams actions of Mossos chief during independence drive

Civil Guard colonel Diego Pérez de los Cobos greets a police officer on arrival at the High Court in Madrid today.KIKE PARA Monday saw the start of the second week of a trial of four figures connected to the Catalan police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, for their actions in the 2017 independence drive in the …

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In Madrid, investors eye tenants who still pay just €7 a month

Almagro Capital has bought two properties on García de Paredes street in Madrid.KIKE PARA The businessman Luis de Ulibarri has just snapped up eight apartments in the center of Madrid for €1.8 million, which comes out to just €225,000 each. Given the current property market, it seems like a great deal, but there is a …

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Minister’s secret meeting with Venezuelan lawmaker sparks political storm

Transportation Minister José Luis Ábalos.XOÁN REY (EFE) Spanish government officials are providing few details about the Venezuelan vice-president Delcy Rodríguez’s controversial layover at Madrid airport last week despite European Union sanctions prohibiting her from entering the bloc. Opposition parties have been demanding explanations from Spain’s new leftist coalition of the Socialist Party (PSOE) and Unidas …

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