Business over Tapas May 17 2018 Nº 257

17 Mayo 2018  Sección; Especiales 783 votos

Editorial:

It seems that every week we have polls. The latest ones of interest are those of the type that foresee ‘the intention to vote if elections were held now’. Nationally, the latest poll gives the two new parties (we quote El País) the leadership, with C’s (Ciudadanos) with a nine point lead over UP (Union Podemos), but both of these are in front of the PP, lying in third place, and just behind them in fourth, the PSOE.

Business over Tapas May 10 2018 Nº 256

10 Mayo 2018  Sección; Especiales 633 votos

Editorial:

Are the European foreigners leaving... or staying? Are there more of us or less? Can you trust the official numbers handled by the Authorities as ‘Gospel’? Of course, no one knows the answers to any of these except for the last question. The National Institute of Statistics (the INE) provides an exhaustively detailed (and hopelessly wrong) number of foreign residents by adding up the information found on the town hall census (the padrón). Here is the information, by nationality, for January 2018. There are, for example, 240,934 Britons registered in Spain... and 673,017 Romanians.

PM announces £3 million to support creative projects in the Northern Powerhouse

A new £3 million fund to support creative and cultural organisations across the Northern Powerhouse has been announced by the Prime Minister today.

The Prime Minister welcomed Mourne Textiles to No 10 for a reception to celebrate the success of the United Kingdom’s Creative Industries.

Business over Tapas April 26 2018 Nº 254

26 Abril 2018  Sección; Especiales 752 votos

Editorial:

As we see elsewhere, the threat of new technologies or services is sometimes met head-on in Spain. The taxi drivers and the hoteliers both angry with their new competitors Uber and Airbnb, and both able to do something about it (by which we mean, talk to the legislators). Another business that is fearful of new forms of competition is the daily newspaper. This, again, thanks to technology. Why read one source (for a euro fifty), with much bulk that is inevitably left unread anyway, when you can read as many sources as you want, of things that interest you, on your computer or Smartphone, for free?

Business over Tapas April 12 2018 Nº 252

12 Abril 2018  Sección; Especiales 1015 votos

Editorial:

The Partido Popular are now looking for a replacement for Cristina Cifuentes following the scandal surrounding her master’s degree – sometimes known by the press as ‘Mastergate’. Cifuentes was the clean broom that swept away the years of corruption in the party, with her job as president of the Madrid community.

Business over Tapas March 5 2018 Nº 251

05 Abril 2018  Sección; Especiales 913 votos

Editorial:

The story of whether Cristina Cifuentes had somehow claimed a fake master’s degree from the Juan Carlos University leads the news this week. Cifuentes is the President of the Community of Madrid since 24 June 2015, following on from the disgraced Ignacio González. She is a ‘clean brush’ after the González wave of corruption.

Business over Tapas March 29 2018 Nº 250

29 Marzo 2018  Sección; Especiales 845 votos

Business over Tapas Five yrs oldEditorial:

Such a mess in Catalonia. Following a document sent to the United Nations human rights committee stating that the Spanish government has “violated Carles Puigdemont’s right to participate in political life by forcing him to be in exile” (here), news comes that the UN has accepted the complaint and has asked Spain to answer. The whole performance could be dragged out for another twelve months. Puigdemont was arrested at the Danish/German frontier this Sunday and his car was found to have a geo-locator fixed to it by the Spanish secret service. This whole situation is understandably raising tensions in Catalonia.

Business over Tapas March 22 2018 Nº 249

22 Marzo 2018  Sección; Especiales 719 votos

Editorial:

Easter is the first major festival, or holiday, of what in Spain can safely be called ‘the summer season’ (at least down here on the costa). The bars, beach bars, restaurants and nick-nack shops are all open once again, freshly painted and ready to work the cash registers. A headline says ‘Málaga to rake in €120 million during Semana Santa as celebrations to bring 1.4 million tourists’ (here). Easter outdoes itself in these days of tourism with more of a spectacle than ever, with longer processions and larger crowds, yet with more commercialism and less faith and fervour than in earlier times. A pointed cartoon from a newspaper a few years back shows female sunbathers spread on their beach-towels at the feet of the Holy Crucifixion. Only in Spain.

En Irlanda no existen culebras. Los irlandeses dicen que San Patricio  echó a todos. ¿Vino alguna a España a tomar el sol después de tanta lluvia? Did St. Patrick Ireland's patron saint really banish all the snakes?

 

Business over Tapas March 15 2018 Nº 248

15 Marzo 2018  Sección; Especiales 938 votos

Editorial:

Perhaps it is time to know a little more about Ciudadanos (their webpage here) and their leader (and probably Spain’s next president) 38-year-old Albert Rivera (Wiki). As we have seen with the recent Women’s Strike, Albert is a fast learner. His party had said just before the event that they would not support the protest as ‘it was anti-Capitalist’.

El San Patricio malagueño no tiene nada que ver con el San Patricio irlandés, dicen los malagueños
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Robert Boyd, un irlandés en busca de la libertad en España. Por Francisco Javier Salmerón Giménez

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