Jun 032014
 
Abdication of the King of Spain

Of course, the big news here is the sudden abdication of the King of Spain.  This has come as a surprise, to put it mildly.  Indeed, it appears that there is not even a clause in the 1978 Constitution allowing for what should occur if the Spanish monarch abdicates.   This fact alone seems to indicate that the King’s decision had not been widely communicated (and thereby planned for) beforehand. In truth, the succession to the […]

Nov 192012
 
The British Consulate in Alicante, one of the busiest in the world!

Did you know that the British Consulate in Alicante is one of the busiest British consulates in the world? In a way, this may not be too surprising, given the area that is covered by the Alicante Consulate.  This extends down much of the eastern sideboard of Spain – from Castellon in the north to Murcia in the south, with a large chunk of accompanying inland Spain.  In fact, the Consulate looks after a territory […]

Oct 292012
 
National strike in Spain, flight and travel disruption on the 14th November

It seems sadly appropriate that the 500th post on Culture Spain should be about strike action in Spain, with a national strike having been called by the Spanish unions for Wednesday the 14th November 2012.  This strike is likely to result in significant flight cancellations and disruptions in Spain and should be taken seriously by anyone intending to travel to (or from) Spain on the 14th November. In fact, of course, you should be wary […]

Oct 192012
 
Charity in Spain: The Original Charity Shop in Javea

A friend of mine recently brought The Original Charity Shop in Javea to my attention and I thought that it more than justified some publicity!  Indeed, given the present economic crisis, never before has a charity shop in Spain been more needed.  Our adopted Spanish compatriots are in deep trouble – unemployment is 25% or more, salaries have been cut, negative equity is common and young people have virtually no chance of finding work.  Unemployment […]

Oct 052012
 
Independence for Catalonia, a reality?

Undoubtedly, the most important issue for anyone in Spain at the moment is the state of the Spanish economy.  This is close to meltdown, irrespective of what the national government claims, with unemployment over 25% and Spain in desperate need of an immediate bailout. However, apart from the economy, the next big issue in the minds of the Spanish concerns independence for Catalonia.  This is an issue that has suddenly emerged into the headlines and […]

Sep 252012
 
Euro falls on market impatience with Spain over bailout

Welcome to the Pure FX account of changes in the euro exchange rate, covering the 18th September to 25th September 2012. This is intended as a brief guide to movements in the euro this week, to put you in the best position for when you exchange currencies. Exchange rate changes GBPEUR: 1.2407 to 1.2576 (+1.362%) GBPUSD: 1.6251 to 1.6231 (-0.123%) EURUSD: 1.3096 to 1.2902 (-1.481%) And the euro plummets! As I predicted in my last […]

Sep 182012
 
Euro gains, but will Rajoy's indecision see the common currency fall?

Welcome to the Pure FX account of changes in the euro exchange rate, covering the 11th September to 19th September 2012. This is intended as a brief guide to movements in the euro this week, to put you in the best position when you exchange currencies. Exchange rate changes Pound to euro: 1.2523 to 1.2407 (-0.906%) Pound to US dollar: 1.6007 to 1.6251 (+1.524%) Euro to US dollar: 1.2781 to 1.3096 (+2.465%) What’s affected the […]

Sep 112012
 
Rajoy to blink and accept European Central Bank aid?

Welcome to the Pure FX account of changes in the euro exchange rate, covering the 4th September to 11th September 2012. This is intended as a brief guide to movements in the euro this week, to put you in the best position when you exchange currencies. Exchange rate changes: Pound to euro: 1.2597 to 1.2523 (-0.587%) Pound to US dollar: 1.5888 to 1.6007 (+0.749%) Euro to US dollar: 1.2614 to 1.2781 (+1.324%) Another one in […]

Sep 082012
 
Bullfighting back on Spanish public television

That most emblematic part of the culture of Spain, bullfighting, has returned to state TV (RTVE) having been removed from its prime time slot by the previous (socialist) government of Spain.  Needless to say, this has outraged animal rights activists and the many people who oppose bullfighting, which was banned in the Catalan Region from the 1st January of this year. Of course, few things raise the hackles of foreigners more than bullfighting.  To many […]

Aug 072012
 
The ECB could save the euro – but will Spanish pride get in the way?

Welcome to my weekly account of the changes in the foreign exchange rates, covering the 31st of July to 7th of August 2012. This is intended as a brief guide to movements in the exchange rates this week, to put you in the best position for when you change currencies. Exchange rate changes: EURGBP: 0.7806 to 0.7953 (+1.883%) USDGBP: 0.6377 to 0.6407 (+0.47%) EURUSD: 1.2264 to 1.2382 (+0.962%) What’s affected the foreign exchange rate this […]

Aug 022012
 
Residency in Spain, new regulations

It is all change for EU citizens applying for residency in Spain! In the past applying for and obtaining residency was little more than a formality.  You appeared at a Policia Nacional station with the relevant application form, filled this in, paid a small fee and residency (residencia) was granted.  It could not have been easier and this process represented the philosophy of the EU in one simple action.  In essence, any of us from […]

Jul 252012
 
Spain due for a full bailout?

Welcome to my account of what’s affected the euro exchange rate this week. Spain on the edge! I don’t know about you, but watching the news about Spain this week, I get the sense of a precariously built house of cards being blown to pieces in a storm, as the government tries to hold whatever bits it can together. There’s of course the news that Valencia and Murcia requested aid from Madrid this week, as […]