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Spain lodges EC complaint after farmers force 30,000 litres of wine down drain

An official complaint has been lodged after 30,000 litres of wine was literally poured down the drain during a blockade at French border controls. The protest has gone to the European Union after five trucks were stopped near Le Boulou in an incident which wine experts say is far from isolated.Full Article

Controversial castle restoration wins architect top award

Architects who came under fire for a rather surprising restoration of a crumbling castle are having the last laugh on villagers who ridiculed it as “a wreck”. Conservation bodies ...Full Article

Tourists become targets of gang homing in on service stations

Vicious thugs who preyed on tourists stopping at motorway service stations in Spain have been arrested by police in a series of dawn raids. The gang members were so ...Full Article

Rajoy speaks out over jobs, refugees, coalition and corruption

Spain’s acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says all his decisions have been aimed at “preserving the general interest” of the country. During an interview for the Salvados programme on ...Full Article

Environment groups welcome Gibraltar’s decision to ban balloon release

Environmentalists in Spain have welcomed Gibraltar’s decision to ban the traditional release of thousands of red and white balloons on their annual celebration day. The Self Determination for Gibraltar ...Full Article

Shock as Spain discovers illegal 1.5 million euro kidney dialysis and transplant fraud

Police in Spain have detected a major fraud in the social security system which has allowed at least 14 patients from Eastern Europe to get kidney transplants and dialysis. ...Full Article

One of Spain’s biggest cocaine gangs used cosmetics firm as a cover

Police have broken up one of the biggest cocaine smuggling gangs ever detected in Spain, seizing 338 kilos of cocaine and more than two million euros in cash. The ...Full Article

Avoiding Spanish nudists and bacon butties NOT the right questions for the FCO!

A home-sick British ex-pat desperate for a bacon sarnie in Spain dialled up the one place he knew would be able to help. Unfortunately, it was the Foreign and ...Full Article

Fiesta organisers fined 1,502 euros for staging “greasy pig race”

A Spanish town which thought it was doing the right thing by replacing a controversial bull running festival with a bizarre greasy pig race has been left with egg ...Full Article

Accolades for Spanish health but “still much to be done” says minister

Acting Spanish Minister for Health, Social Services and Equality, Alfonso Alonso, highlighted the good health of Spaniards, which was described as “extraordinarily good” by the World Health Organisation, the ...Full Article
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