Spanish industrial prices jump 42% lifted by energy costs

Spanish industrial prices jump 42% lifted by energy costs

MADRID, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Spanish industrial prices accelerated by 41.8% in the 12 months through August ending four months of easing increases, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Monday. Industrial prices gained 2.8% in August from the previous month driven by energy prices, mainly gas and electricity, the INE said. It revised the year-on-year July number to 40.5% from a previous 40.4%. The 12-month industrial price increase peaked at an all-time record of 47% in the period through March. Excluding energy, which was more than double the price a year ago, annual industrial price inflation stood at 14.4%…
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Spain readies system of flexible energy use in peak hours

Spain readies system of flexible energy use in peak hours

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will create a system allowing energy-intensive companies to disconnect from the grid for up to three hours a day during peak usage in exchange for compensation amid the European energy crisis, Energy Minister Teresa Ribera said. Industry Minister Reyes Maroto said this week the government could resort to forced power cuts for such companies this winter, but it was not necessary for the moment. Under the proposed system announced by Ribera, however, power-intensive industries, such as steel- or tile-making, could themselves opt to cut or reduce energy usage for a maximum of three hours with a…
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Spain’s former king Juan Carlos to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

 Spain's former king Juan Carlos will pause his self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral. Juan Carlos and his wife have communicated their intention to accept the British Foreign Office invitation to attend the funeral on Sept. 19, the Spanish Royal House said on Monday. The former monarch left Spain for Abu Dhabi in August 2020 after prosecutors started looking into allegations of fraud in Spain and Switzerland. The investigations were later dropped due to insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations. Juan Carlos has declined to comment on the various allegations of wrongdoing. Juan Carlos could…
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Iberdrola to guarantee gas and power to vulnerable customers for five months

Iberdrola to guarantee gas and power to vulnerable customers for five months

Sept 12 (Reuters) - Iberdrola, will guarantee gas and power supply for five months to customers in Spain who are deemed vulnerable by humanitarian group the Red Cross, after which all outstanding bills must be paid, Europe's largest utility said on Monday. There will also be a provision to allow people to spread out payments over 12 months at no extra cost, the Spanish company said in a statement. All Iberdrola's residential customers will be given help to pay their bills over longer periods if the Red Cross assesses their circumstances and considers that they are vulnerable, it said. But…
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Spain launches free rail travel passes to fight inflation

Spain launches free rail travel passes to fight inflation

MADRID (Reuters) - After struggling a bit with the ticket machine at Madrid's grand 19th century Atocha railway station, 26-year-old Jennifer Bernard Quintana and her sister became the happy owners of free travel passes valid from this week. With inflation near record highs of above 10% year-on-year, Spain's Socialist-led government hopes to alleviate living expenses and encourage more people to take public transport by providing them with free monthly passes for all local and medium-range intercity routes. Long-haul trips and single tickets are excluded. "I think it's a great initiative," Jennifer, who works in social media, told Reuters. "I'd love…
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Spain to cut VAT on gas from 21% to 5% from October, PM Sanchez says

Spain to cut VAT on gas from 21% to 5% from October, PM Sanchez says

The Spanish government will cut value-added tax (VAT) on gas to 5% from 21% from October to reduce the impact of rising gas prices on household utility bills, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said. "So that our citizens' heating bills are lower," Sanchez said in an interview with local radio station Cadena SER.  The government seeks to "fairly share the costs and charges of the war (in Ukraine)". Madrid residents welcomed the announcement but demanded long-term solutions. “If we do not want nuclear energy we will have to bet on renewables", said 71-years-old pensioner Concha Nogales. Energy costs have skyrocketed since…
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Spain’s August jobless rises 1.40% from July to 2.92 million

Spain’s August jobless rises 1.40% from July to 2.92 million

Sept 2 (Reuters) - The number of people in Spain registering as jobless in Spain rose by 1.40% in August from a month earlier, or by 40,428 people, leaving 2.92 million people out of work, data from the Labour Ministry showed on Friday. The number of jobless people typically rises in August and the figure last month was the lowest that month since 2008, the ministry said. Spain added 62,135 net jobs during the month to 20.17 million net jobs, according to seasonally adjusted data, a separate report from Social Security Ministry showed. (Reporting by Jakub Olesiuk, editing by Inti…
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Nine million foreigners visited Spain in July, near pre-pandemic levels

Nine million foreigners visited Spain in July, near pre-pandemic levels

MADRID, Sept 1 (Reuters) - More than twice as many tourists visited Spain in July than in the same month last year, a number only slightly below pre-pandemic levels, National Statistics Institute data showed on Thursday. The 9.1 million visitors in July spent close to 12 billion euros ($12 billion), more than twice as much as in 2021. Tourism earnings are a significant component of Spain's gross domestic product. Before COVID-19 put a halt to international travel in 2020, Spain received a record number of foreign tourists in 2019, with 9.9 million visiting in July of that year. Asian visitors…
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Spain to cut VAT tax on gas to 5% from October

Spain to cut VAT tax on gas to 5% from October

Sept 1 (Reuters) - The Spanish Government will cut value-added tax on gas to 5% from 21% from October in a bid to reduce the effect of rising international price on people's utility bills, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday on local radio Cadena SER. The government had reduced the value-added tax on electricity twice over the past year. (Reporting by Joanna Jonczyk-Gwizdala, editing by Inti Landauro)
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Spanish toddler dies after being hit by giant hailstone

Spanish toddler dies after being hit by giant hailstone

MADRID, Aug 31 (Reuters) - A 20-month-old girl died after being struck on the head during a violent hailstorm that caused havoc in Catalonia, northeastern Spain, authorities said on Wednesday. Fist-sized hailstones up to 10 centimetres (4 inches) in diameter rained down on Tuesday on an area around the village of La Bisbal d'Emporda. They caused injuries - mostly broken bones and bruising - to around 50 other people, broadcaster TV3 said. https://twitter.com/meteocat/status/1564731848957345793 "People started screaming and hiding", said musician Sicus Carbonell, who filmed the storm's destructive aftermath in Castell d'Emporda, a nearby hotel where his band was playing a…
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Griezmann comes off the bench to give Atletico a win at Valencia

Griezmann comes off the bench to give Atletico a win at Valencia

Antoine Griezmann came off the bench to hand Atletico Madrid a 1-0 LaLiga win at Valencia on Monday as Diego Simeone's side bounced back from their unexpected home defeat by Villarreal eight days ago. Atletico sit sixth in standings on six points, three behind leaders Real Madrid and Betis and one adrift of Barcelona, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao. Griezmann scored the winner in the 66th minute, assisted by fellow substitute Thomas Lemar. Lemar made a fine individual run from the left touchline and found his France team mate Griezmann on the edge of the area, who lashed in a shot…
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Jailed shooter is euthanised in Spain

Jailed shooter is euthanised in Spain

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish prison authorities on Tuesday euthanised a man who had shot and wounded four people in December and was subsequently wounded in a shootout with the police, rendering him paralyzed and begging to be allowed to die while awaiting trial. Courts allowed the man's assisted death after rejecting several appeals by his victims who argued he had to face justice. The case even reached the Constitutional Court, which refused to deliberate on it, saying there has been no violation of fundamental rights. Disgruntled former security guard Eugen Sabau, 46, had shot three of his colleagues, including a…
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Spanish winemaker accused of passing off cheap bottles as quality vintages in £22m fraud

Spanish winemaker accused of passing off cheap bottles as quality vintages in £22m fraud

A winemaker was accused of masterminding a £22 million fraud by passing off millions of bottles of lower grade wine as better-quality vintages in what is believed to be the largest fraud of its kind in Spain. A husband, his wife and her sister and three other executives allegedly pretended their wine was from the Denomination of Origin of Terra Alta and Priorat and other types of wine, when in fact it was the inferior grade Reserva de la Tierra. The company flooded supermarkets in Spain with 15 million bottles of lower-quality wine and even sold some in the United…
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EPA’s Eye In The Sky:  Alloz, Spain

EPA’s Eye In The Sky: Alloz, Spain

A boat sails next to a little islete at the reservoir of Alloz, in the province of Navarra, Spain. The sunny weather attracted some people to visit the islete and enjoy the day. PHOTO: EPA-EFE/JESUS DIGES
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Spanish fire crew’s brush with death as Valencia wildfire rages

Spanish fire crew’s brush with death as Valencia wildfire rages

MADRID (Reuters) - A cry of "run, run, run, run" rang out across the hillside as a wall of flame fed by high winds swept down towards four Spanish firefighters, engulfing tinder-dry bracken seconds after they fled for their lives.  The wildfire they were battling on Wednesday was in the eastern Valencia region, and the brush with death happened as crews tried to prevent flames from reaching a village in the municipality of Bejis, north of Valencia city. Three firefighters were injured by flames and several villages in the area were evacuated, local emergency services said on Twitter. The same…
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Portuguese wildfire envelops Madrid skyscrapers in smoke 400 km away

Portuguese wildfire envelops Madrid skyscrapers in smoke 400 km away

MADRID, (Reuters) - Smoke from a huge wildfire in central Portugal enveloped skyscrapers known as the "Four Towers" in Madrid 400 km (250 miles) away, and residents of the Spanish capital complained of a strong burning smell. The fire, which has ravaged Portugal's Serra da Estrela national park, started on Aug. 6 and had been largely put out as of Sunday, but reignited again on Monday, leading to the evacuation of several villages. More than 1,100 firefighters backed by 13 waterbombing aircraft were tackling the blaze, which has already torched more than 17,000 hectares. Civil Protection Commander Andre Fernandes said…
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EPA’s Eye In The Sky: Ourense, Spain

EPA’s Eye In The Sky: Ourense, Spain

epaselect epa10113714 A view of the Roman camp Aquis Querquennis, located on the banks of the Limia river in the As Conchas reservoir, in Ourense, Spain. The camp is usually underwater but now it is seen due to the low lever of As Conchas reservoir. Via EPA-EFE/Brais Lorenzo
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UPDATED: One killed, 17 injured in stage collapse at Spanish festival

UPDATED: One killed, 17 injured in stage collapse at Spanish festival

MADRID, Aug 13 (Reuters) - One person was killed and dozens were injured when high winds caused part of the main stage to collapse at a dance music festival near the Spanish city of Valencia in the early hours of Saturday, regional emergency services said. Other infrastructure was also damaged when gusts battered the Medusa Festival, a huge electronic music festival held over six days in the east coast town of Cullera, south of Valencia. The festival, where French DJ David Guetta was due to play on Saturday, had DJs scheduled to play throughout the night on Friday across five…
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Spain asks EMA to allow ‘dose-sparing’ for monkeypox vaccine

Spain asks EMA to allow ‘dose-sparing’ for monkeypox vaccine

Spain has asked the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for permission to give more people a smaller dose of monkeypox vaccine, an approach known as "dose-sparing" to distribute limited supplies as far as possible, the health ministry said. The country has the world's second-largest number of monkeypox infections outside the areas where it is endemic. More than 5,000 cases have been confirmed since May, including two deaths, placing it behind only the United States, which registered 9,492 cases as of Wednesday. The EMA said on Wednesday it would discuss the possibility of allowing dose-sparing after the United States on Tuesday backed…
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Spain says gas pipeline to France possible in 8-9 months

Spain says gas pipeline to France possible in 8-9 months

MADRID, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A potential new gas connection between Spain and France could be ready to operate in less than a year's time, Spanish Energy Minister Teresa Ribera said on Friday, if France and other European countries agreed on the project. The European Union is racing to wean itself off Russian natural gas after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, bringing new interconnection projects into focus. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday pushed for the construction of a pipeline from Portugal via Spain and France to central Europe. "This new interconnection, this gas pipeline could be operating in about eight…
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Photo story: Biologists try to unveil mysteries of life cycle of octopuses

Photo story: Biologists try to unveil mysteries of life cycle of octopuses

A handout photo made available by Octolarvae on 10 August 2022 shows an octopus being released into the wild in Cíes Islands natural park as part of the Ecosuma project in Vigo, Spain. A team of scientists in Spain is aiming to explain the mysteries shrouding the largely unknown life cycle of octopuses, and their research could pave the way for sustainable farming of the cephalopods. Biologists working with the Institute of Marine Research (CSIC) recently released 22 octopuses into the waters of the Cíes Islands in the northwestern city of Vigo, Galicia, a diverse and unique habitat that was…
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EA Sports to take over LaLiga sponsorship from Santander

EA Sports to take over LaLiga sponsorship from Santander

MADRID, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Videogame maker EA Sports will replace Spanish bank Santander as the title sponsor of LaLiga soccer competitions, the Spanish sports league said on Tuesday. In a first for an international company after years of sponsorship by Spanish banks, EA Sports will take over as LaLiga's title sponsor from the 2023/24 season in an agreement for the medium term, LaLiga said in a statement, without specifying the duration or any financial details. EA Sports, a unit of California-based Electronic Arts that develops and publishes sports video games, will sponsor Spain's top two divisions, as well as the annual youth championship LaLiga Promises and…
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Spain edges closer to pre-pandemic tourism levels with 7.5 million visitors in June

Spain edges closer to pre-pandemic tourism levels with 7.5 million visitors in June

More than twice as many tourists visited Spain in June than in the same month last year and they spent almost three times as much during their stay, National Statistics Institute data showed on Tuesday. The 7.5 million visitors in June spent close to 9 billion euros ($9.2 billion), as Spain edges closer to pre-pandemic levels in its biggest and most important economic sector. Before the pandemic put a halt to travel in 2020, Spain received a total of 38.2 million tourists in 2019, with 8.8 million visiting in June. "In these six months (of 2022) we have already exceeded…
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Spain’s PM backs EU candidacy for Bosnia

Spain’s PM backs EU candidacy for Bosnia

AP - Spain's prime minister on Saturday expressed support for Bosnia to become a candidate for European Union membership amid fears that uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine could fuel instability in the ethnically torn Balkan nation that went through a devastating conflict in the 1990s'. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez came to Sarajevo from Serbia, where he kicked off his tour of the Balkan region on Friday. Sanchez will also travel to Montenegro, North Macedonia and Albania.  Chairman of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sefik Dzaferovic (R) and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (L) attend a joint…
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Spain reports second monkeypox-related death in Europe

Spain reports second monkeypox-related death in Europe

MADRID, July 30 (Reuters) - Spain reported its second monkeypox-related death on Saturday, in what is thought to be Europe's second death from the disease and only the third outside of Africa in the current outbreak. Spain had reported its first death as recently as Friday, shortly after Brazil reported the first monkeypox-related death outside the African continent in the current wave of the disease. According to a World Health Organization report from July 22, only five deaths had been reported, all in the African region. The WHO last Saturday declared the rapidly spreading outbreak a global health emergency, its…
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Spain’s PM Sanchez calls on office workers to ditch ties to save on energy

Spain’s PM Sanchez calls on office workers to ditch ties to save on energy

A tieless Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez urged white-collar workers in Spain to ditch their neckties amid scorching weather and a need to conserve energy as a gas crisis looms over the European Union following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. I would like you to see that I am not wearing a tie," Sanchez said at a news conference in Madrid. Sanchez, who admittedly did keep his suit jacket on, went on to say that the extra bit of comfort afforded by not having a restricting garment around the neck could conserve energy if less air conditioning is utilized. "This means that…
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Spain confirms first monkeypox-related death in Europe

Spain confirms first monkeypox-related death in Europe

MADRID (Reuters) -Spain reported on Friday its first monkeypox-related death, the Spanish Health Ministry said, in what is Europe's first known death and the second outside of Africa in the current outbreak. Brazil reported earlier on Friday the first monkeypox-related death outside the African continent in the current outbreak. In its latest report, the Spanish Health Ministry said 4,298 cases had been confirmed in the country. Of the 3,750 patients it had information on, it said 120 have been hospitalised - accounting for 3.2% - and one has died, without providing further details. (Reporting by Joan FausEditing by Chris Reese
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Spain July 12-month inflation speeds up to fastest rate since 1984

Spain July 12-month inflation speeds up to fastest rate since 1984

July 29 (Reuters) - Spanish consumer prices rose 10.8% year-on-year in July, the fastest pace since September 1984, up from 10.2% the previous month, preliminary data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) showed on Friday. The reading was higher than the 10.6% forecast by analysts polled by Reuters. Core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, was 6.1% year-on-year, the highest since January 1993 and up from 5.5% a month earlier, the INE data showed. Spanish European Union-harmonised prices rose 10.8% from a year earlier, up from 10.0% in June and faster than the 10.4% expected by analysts polled by Reuters. In…
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Amid clouds on economic horizon, Spain’s jobless rate stays below 3 million mark

Amid clouds on economic horizon, Spain’s jobless rate stays below 3 million mark

July 28 (Reuters) - Spain's jobless number remained below three million for the second month running, falling to 12.48% in the April to June period of 2022 compared to 13.65% three months earlier, data from the National Statistics Institute showed on Thursday. The quarterly unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since the third quarter of 2008, when the rate was 11.23%. A total of 2.9 million people remain out of work while 20.5 million are in employment. The rise in employment in the second quarter came entirely from the private sector, which hired 397,600 people, while 14,300 people were shed in…
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Spain asks EU parliament to make Catalan its first regional language

Spain asks EU parliament to make Catalan its first regional language

The Spanish government said it will ask the European Parliament to consider allowing the use of Catalan in the chamber, in what would be a first for a European regional language. Madrid will present to the Parliament's board in Brussels a "technically and financially viable" proposal and work to gather a majority among the board's members to support the change, with the aim of getting it approved before year-end, the Catalan regional and central governments said in a joint statement. Spain will extend the request to be used at the parliament for its the other two official regional languages, Basque…
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UPDATED: Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew union calls for strikes until January

UPDATED: Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew union calls for strikes until January

MADRID, July 27 (Reuters) - Ryanair's RYA.I Spanish cabin crew union members plan strikes on four days of every week until January to press demands for higher pay and better working conditions, a leader of the USO union said in a statement on Wednesday. The strike action, which is backed both by the USO and Sitclpa union groups, will take place from Monday to Thursday during every week from Aug. 8 to Jan.7, the statement said. Ryanair workers caused disruption at many Spanish airports during July, when they walked out for several days, mainly on weekends, during the month. The…
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More evacuations as crews tackle blazes in Spain and Greece

More evacuations as crews tackle blazes in Spain and Greece

Madrid/Athens (dpa) - A fire that broke out on the Spanish island of Tenerife this week was still raging on Sunday and has now destroyed more than 2,150 hectares, the regional president said, even as the situation eases in other parts of the country. Greece - Greek firefighters battled wildfires on the island of Lesbos for a second day on Sunday as well as new fires in the western Peloponnese and in northern Greece, evacuating nearby settlements as a heatwave set in. A wildfire that started in mountainous forests on Lesbos in the Aegean Sea near Turkey on Saturday, burning…
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Southern Europe continues roasting as forest fires blaze

Southern Europe continues roasting as forest fires blaze

 Much of Southern Europe remained in the grasp of sweltering heat on Friday, as forest fires continued to blaze in a number of spots. For large parts of Greece, for example, meteorologists are expecting a long heatwave that will last until the beginning of August. The mercury in Athens had already climbed to 30 degrees Celsius early on Friday morning. At the weekend and in the days thereafter, temperatures are expected to reach around 40 degrees, according to the Office of Meteorology. The civil defence force warned that the danger of fire was extremely high. Even at night, temperatures in…
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UPDATED: Spain says it will not order consumers to limit gas consumption

UPDATED: Spain says it will not order consumers to limit gas consumption

MADRID, July 21 (Reuters) - The Spanish government will not order consumers to limit their gas consumption, Energy Minister Teresa Ribera said on Thursday, after Spain said it would oppose a European Union proposal to cut gas usage. "We will not introduce in a law an obligation to set the temperature of homes' thermostats," she said in an interview on local radio Cadena SER. The government would recommend people save energy, though, she said. She added the government would protect industries' gas consumption too. On Wednesday, the minister said her government would oppose a European Union proposal to cut gas usage as…
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‘Climate change affects everyone’: Europe battles wildfires in intense heat

‘Climate change affects everyone’: Europe battles wildfires in intense heat

JERTE, Spain July 17 (Reuters) - Authorities across southern Europe battled on Sunday to control huge wildfires in countries including Spain, Greece and France, with hundreds of deaths blamed on soaring temperatures that scientists say are consistent with climate change. In Spain, helicopters dropped water on the flames as heat above 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and often mountainous terrain made the job harder for firefighters. Shocked residents watching thick plumes of smoke rising above the central western Jerte valley said the heat was making their previously green and cool home more like Spain's semi-arid south. "Climate change affects everyone," said resident Miguel Angel Tamayo. A study published…
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Spain’s PM tightens grip on power with bank tax pledge, approved bills

Spain’s PM tightens grip on power with bank tax pledge, approved bills

MADRID, July 15 (Reuters) - After several setbacks in regional elections, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez scored a rare legislative success as parliament passed three key bills late on Thursday, reinforcing his political strength despite galloping inflation, analysts said. Coming on the back of his vow to slap extraordinary taxes on banks and power firms, which solidified support on the left, his stronger standing boosts Sanchez's chances to at least see out out his term through end-2023.  Sanchez, a Socialist, has governed since early 2020 in a minority coalition with the left-wing Unidas Podemos, having to rely on support of smaller groups,…
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Photo Story: The Supermoon over Toledo

Photo Story: The Supermoon over Toledo

The supermoon rises in the Alcazar of Toledo, Spain, on Wednesday night. The supermoon is also called the Buck moon because it falls in July when male deer (bucks) are regrowing their antlers. Photo: EPA-EFE/Angeles Visdomine
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UPDATED: As Europe bakes in heatwave, wildfires rage from Portugal to Croatia

UPDATED: As Europe bakes in heatwave, wildfires rage from Portugal to Croatia

LEIRIA, Portugal/RASLINA, Croatia, July 14 (Reuters) - Wildfires raged across tinder-dry country in Portugal, Spain, France and Croatia on Thursday, burning homes and threatening livelihoods, as much of Europe baked in a heatwave that has pushed temperatures into the mid-40Cs in some countries. In Portugal's central Leiria district, tired firefighters battled to control blazes that have been fanned by strong winds. Footage from the area on Wednesday showed smoke darkening the sky and billowing across a highway, while flames licked around the roofs of houses in one small village. "Yesterday was a very tough day," Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa…
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Spain to slap temporary taxes on banks, power companies, PM says

Spain to slap temporary taxes on banks, power companies, PM says

Spain will hit power companies and banks with temporary taxes that should rake in 7 billion euros ($7.02 billion) in 2023-2024 to help Spaniards cope with soaring inflation, the government said on Tuesday, triggering a selloff in some banking shares. Sabadell fell as much as 12%, while Bankinter, and Caixabank were down around 10% following the announcement, dragging down the Spanish IBEX 35 bluechip index Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told parliament in a state of the nation speech that annual revenue in 2023 and 2024 from a tax on extraordinary profits of power utilities made this year and next should…
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Spain swelters as temperatures reach 43C in second heatwave

Spain swelters as temperatures reach 43C in second heatwave

MADRID (Reuters) - Spaniards stayed in the shade in parks, headed for the beach or sipped iced drinks to tackle stifling temperatures as high as 43C (110F), as the country experiences its second heatwave this year. Warm summer sunshine combined with a hot air front from North Africa have sent temperatures soaring, state metereological forecasters AEMET said on Sunday, and the heatwave could last until July 14. The highest recorded temperature on Sunday was 43C (110F) by the Guadalquivir river near Seville in southern Spain and in Badajoz, towards the west of the country, forecasters said. For Rasha, 45, a…
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EU, Morocco renew migration deal after Spanish border deaths

EU, Morocco renew migration deal after Spanish border deaths

The European Commission vowed to step up its work with Morocco to fight human smugglers who are using “new, extremely violent methods” — a move that comes two weeks after 23 people died at the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska met with Morocco’s Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit in Rabat to discuss the events of June 24, when hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants and asylum-seekers attempted to storm through a border post and scale a border fence into Melilla. In addition to the deaths, some…
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Allegations of foul play in death of Angola’s former president

Allegations of foul play in death of Angola’s former president

A daughter of Angola’s former president José Eduardo dos Santos, who died on Friday in Barcelona, has demanded the hospital retain his body for a postmortem after allegations of foul play. Dos Santos, who ruled Africa’s second-biggest oil producer for nearly four decades, died aged 79 at the Teknon clinic in the Spanish city after a prolonged illness, the Angolan presidency said. The veteran politician was taken to hospital and into intensive care after suffering a cardiac arrest two weeks ago. Angola’s current head of state, João Lourenço, announced five days of national mourning starting on Friday, when the country’s…
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Spanish police seize drug-carrying submarine drones

Spanish police seize drug-carrying submarine drones

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have seized semi-submersible drones used by drug traffickers to ship narcotics across the Strait of Gibraltar into Spain, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, the first time such purpose-made devices have been discovered in Spain.  Three drones, including one made out of a surfboard, were found along with six large flying drones in several warehouses near the port city of Cadiz, Juan Antonio Siloleo, head of the central narcotics brigade, told reporters in Cadiz. The sea-borne devices were designed to travel 30 km (19 miles) carrying up to 200 kg (440 lb) of marijuana and hashish. …
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Spain’s June jobless falls 1.45% from May to 2.88 mln, lowest since 2008

Spain’s June jobless falls 1.45% from May to 2.88 mln, lowest since 2008

July 4 (Reuters) - The number of people registering as jobless in Spain fell 1.45% in June from May, by 42,409 people, leaving 2.88 million people out of work, the lowest level since October 2008, before the financial crisis, Labour Ministry's data showed on Monday. Spain added 76,948 net jobs during the month to 20.10 million net jobs, separate data from Social Security Ministry showed.
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Spain will gradually raise spending on defence to 2% of GDP by 2029

Spain will gradually raise spending on defence to 2% of GDP by 2029

MADRID, June 30 (Reuters) - Spain will gradually raise spending the equivalent to 2% of the country's gross domestic product by 2029, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday. "The government is committed to raising our defence budget to close to 2% of GDP by 2029," he told national TV station TVE. All NATO member countries have committed to spend on defence the equivalent of 2% of GDP. (Reporting by Inti Landauro and Christina Thykjaer. Editing by Emma Pinedo) Photo courtesy of the Ejército de Tierra
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Spain sees summer tourism at 90% of pre-COVID levels despite inflation

Spain sees summer tourism at 90% of pre-COVID levels despite inflation

MADRID, June 30 (Reuters) - Spain expects tourist arrivals to reach 90% of pre-pandemic volumes during the summer season, as northern Europeans shrug off concerns over inflation pressures and book even more trips than in 2019, a senior tourism official said on Thursday. "Inflation is so far not dampening peak summer season demand," said the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdes. He was confident the tourism industry in one of the world's most visited countries will have a high season comparable to some strong years before the COVID-19 pandemic. "It is a solid recovery in difficult conditions," he said. Spanish 12-month…
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Final day of NATO summit gets underway; Spain pushes for bigger role in North Africa, Sahel

Final day of NATO summit gets underway; Spain pushes for bigger role in North Africa, Sahel

MADRID, June 30 (Reuters) - Spain will urge fellow NATO allies to consider a bigger role for the alliance in North Africa and the Sahel at a summit in Madrid on Thursday, and Spain's foreign minister said an intervention in Mali should not be ruled out. NATO has little appetite for such steps, diplomats say, but as it undertakes the largest scaling-up of its defences since the Cold War to the east, allies such as Spain and Italy worry threats on the southern border risk being ignored. NATO's 30 leaders will hold a final summit session, focused on the south, on Thursday…
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Spain’s 12-month inflation surpasses 10% in June, first time since 1985

Spain’s 12-month inflation surpasses 10% in June, first time since 1985

MADRID, June 29 (Reuters) - Spanish 12-month inflation rose to 10.2% in June, the first time it has surpassed 10% since April 1985, from 8.7% in the previous month, preliminary data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) showed on Wednesday. The reading was higher than the 9.0% forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. Core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, rose to 5.5% year-on-year from 4.9% a month earlier, the highest since August 1993, the INE data showed. Spanish European Union-harmonised inflation was 10.0% in the 12 months through June, up from 8.5% a month earlier. "The news…
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UPDATED: Citing Russia threat, Biden to ramp up U.S. forces in Europe

UPDATED: Citing Russia threat, Biden to ramp up U.S. forces in Europe

MADRID, June 29 (Reuters) - The United States will create a new permanent army headquarters in Poland and deploy additional land, air and sea forces across the length and breadth of Europe in response to threats from Russia, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday. New U.S. warships will go to Spain, fighter jet squadrons to Britain, ground troops to Romania, air defence units to Germany and Italy and a wide range of assets to the Baltics, Biden announced at a NATO summit in Madrid. He also underscored the Atlantic alliance's commitment to "defend every inch" of its territory. "We mean it when we say…
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UPDATED: NATO invites Sweden and Finland to join, Russia the “most significant and direct threat to the allies’ security”

UPDATED: NATO invites Sweden and Finland to join, Russia the “most significant and direct threat to the allies’ security”

MADRID, June 29 (Reuters) - NATO has invited Sweden and Finland to become members of the military alliance, a commununique published by the NATO summit in Madrid on Wednesday said. "The accession of Finland and Sweden will make them (the allies) safer, NATO stronger and the Euro-Atlantic area more secure," the communique said, adding that the alliance also agreed a new strategic concept. The communique described Russia as the "most significant and direct threat to the allies' security", a reaction to the massively deteriorated relationship to Russia since its invasion of Ukraine. The alliance pledged further help to Kyiv and agreed a…
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Spain turns to Africa, lobbies NATO, allies over Ukraine-driven migration

Spain turns to Africa, lobbies NATO, allies over Ukraine-driven migration

MADRID/LAS PALMAS (Reuters) - Spain is shifting its foreign policy towards Africa while lobbying the EU and NATO for support to address migration from the continent, aggravated by the Ukraine invasion, two senior government officials and two diplomatic sources told Reuters. Spain will use a NATO summit in Madrid this week to press its case, and is likely to ask for increased intelligence sharing by the alliance including on issues related to migration, the diplomats said. Even before Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez had revived a strategy mothballed by previous governments of working with…
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Spain plans to halve VAT on electricity bills

Spain plans to halve VAT on electricity bills

MADRID, June 22 (Reuters) - The Spanish government intends to halve the value-added tax charged on electricity bills to 5% in a bid to shield consumers from rising energy prices, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Wednesday. "During the cabinet meeting next Saturday, we will lower the VAT on electricity to 5% from 10%. With this we will protect the families of our country," Sanchez said on Wednesday during a plenary session in the lower house. The government last year slashed the value-added tax rate on electricity to 10% from the original rate of 21% to ease the impact of wholesale electricity…
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