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Hotels in court threat as Balearics approve controversial tourist tax

Hoteliers in Mallorca have declared war on the new tourist tax which will see holiday-makers charged up to two euros a day extra to stay on the islands. The new “eco-charge” was approved y by the Government of the Balearics and will affect Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera from this June.Full Article

Organ donations: Spain beats its own record with highest-ever increase

Spain has posted the highest donor number increase in history of the country’s National Transplant Organisation. Already the leader in organ donation and transplantation for 24 years,it has once ...Full Article

Spain performing well in permanent job creation and pledges more to come

Unemployment may still be very high in Spain but it is still out-performing most of Europe when it comes to creating permanent jobs. The Minister for Employment and Social ...Full Article

Helicopter adapted to carry 615 kilos of hashish

This helicopter was full to the limit when discovered by police, not with people but with the equivalent weight in hashish. Every conceivable space was being used to store ...Full Article

Farm workers exploited

Five people have been arrested in Spain for exploiting workers in the agricultural industry. Police say Romanians were tempted with offers of good salaries and conditons but were then ...Full Article

Campaigners oppose fiesta where live turkey is thrown from church tower

Animal campaigners have launched a race against time to stop an ancient tradition which sees a live turkey being thrown out of a church tower more than 60ft above ...Full Article

Spanish tourist attractions may ban selfie sticks to preserve monuments

Tourists visiting two of Spain’s most popular monuments may be banned from taking selfies. Culture experts say there should also be a veto on using mobile phones, flash photography ...Full Article

Massive haul of counterfeit clothes and shoes

Police have seized more than 40,000 counterfeit items of clothing and shoes which were sent over from Portugal to flood the Spanish markets, both on the streets and in ...Full Article

Year ends with zero inflation as Spanish prices fluctuate

Inflation in Spain closed 2015 at zero thanks to energy products and non-processed foods. According to data published by the Spanish National Statistics Institute, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) ...Full Article

New report reveals amazing performance of maritime rescue services

The maritime rescue service in Spain has been praised for its outstanding work during 2015 and hailed as “a shining example in Europe.” Minister for Development, Ana Pastor was ...Full Article
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