Spain’s Socialists set to win most votes in election but short of majority BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Spanish voters have turned out in force for a general election in which Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists look poised to win the most votes but seem far from scoring a majority. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/spains-socialists-set-to-win-most-votes-in-election-but-short-of-majority-38058273.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article38058271.ece/641c4/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_4433e31d-4f7d-41b0-a4d1-6280a3e0cebf_1 Email Spanish voters have turned out in force for a general election in which Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists look poised to win the most votes but seem far from scoring a majority. A far-right party could also become a significant player in parliament for the first time since democracy was restored four decades ago. Mr Sanchez called the vote after his budget was defeated by the right-wing … [Read more...] about Spain’s Socialists set to win most votes in election but short of majority
SPAIN has unveiled a range of crucial measures aimed at protecting British expats in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Friday's royal decree gives Brits officially living on the Costas access to healthcare until at least the end of 2020. The Spanish government will also provide residency for an estimated 400,000 Brits and preserve freedom of movement across its border with Gibraltar. "Our main objective is that no British or Spanish citizen is left unprotected, neither they nor their relatives," said Foreign Minister Josep Borrell. "There are a series of measures regarding professional access to public roles, social security, healthcare, which are extremely generous so that there is no break from the current situation, access to university and all kinds of economic activity." The latest news comes after Brussels rejected MPs’ plea to ring-fence the rights of Brits living on the continent under no deal Brexit. The EU Commission insisted it will not “negotiate mini-deals” … [Read more...] about Brexit news – Spain vows to protect 400,000 Brit expats under no deal
Podemos founding member Iñigo Errejón has resigned his seat in parliament, days after announcing he was going to run in May's elections for the region of Madrid (not City Hall), not as the Podemos candidate for First Minister but in a group called Más Madrid ("More Madrid"), alongside the current mayor of the Spanish capital, Manuela Carmena, who will attempt reelection (her current group is called Ahora Madrid, "Now Madrid"). "I am fine with paying the price of taking the right decision", said Mr. Errejón, insisting he is still a member of Podemos, "I couldn't leave Podemos even if I wanted to", and that he hoped a joint candidacy for the spring ballot, with Podemos, would still be possible. In an open letter explaining how they mean to broaden the lessons the alternative left has learnt over the last four years running Madrid City Hall to the regional government level, the pair said "the majority needs a project that renews hope and trust that things can be done … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: Is Podemos heading for a terrible result at the May elections in Spain?
As the European Union is working on a controversial new copyright law that will give publishers the right to demand money from web platforms if parts of their articles pop up in new search results or reposts, Google is floating pulling Google News from the continent in response, according to Jennifer Bernal, the tech giant’s policy manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as quoted by Bloomberg. She asserted that Google is considering a variety of options and will analyse at length the new rules, once they are introduced, before making a final decision, adding that the tech giant would withdraw its service from European soil rather reluctantly. Google has stated that news service is not a direct source of revenue, but the news aggregator attracts mobile users, who place queries that may potentially be used in contextual ads and thus generate lucrative revenue. The question is still … [Read more...] about Google Floats Pulling News Service From Europe Amid EU Crackdown on Copyrights
For generations, the day in Spain has begun with picking up the paper from the newspaper kiosk and then reading it over breakfast in a bar. These two urban institutions – the kiosk and the bar – have been the twin pillars of any barrio, or neighbourhood. “You have a close relationship with your clients,” says Máximo Frutos, who owns a kiosk and is vice-president of the city’s news vendors association. “I have copies of the house keys for around 15 people in the barrio, in case they lose theirs. It’s not like any other business.” The kiosk is a social nexus as well as a point of sale, and is often passed down through generations. But with falling newsprint sales, many Spanish kiosks are struggling to adapt. Over the past few years, 53 of Barcelona’s 338 kiosks rolled down their shutters for the last time. Many more are expected to follow. “Fifteen years ago, newspaper sales accounted for about 80% of income. This year I … [Read more...] about In the digital age, how much longer can Spain’s street kiosks survive?