Spain

Country Spain
Capital Madrid
Continent Europe
Currency Euro(EUR)
Languages Spanish, Basque, Catalan, Galician, Occitan, Aragonese, Asturian & Leonese

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Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World Wars I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. The government continues to battle the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorist organization, but its major focus for the immediate future will be on measures to reverse the severe economic recession that started in mid-2008.

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Spain Plans To Remove Franco's Remains From A Memorial, Angering His Supporters - NPR

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Spain Plans To Remove Franco's Remains From A Memorial, Angering His Supporters
NPR
Dozens of people are holding a Roman Catholic Mass in the underground basilica of Spain's Valle de los Cados, the Valley of the Fallen. The vast complex outside Madrid includes a monument and a church that leads to the tomb of Spain's 20th century ...
Spain's plan to exhume Franco revives memories of an unsettled pastWashington Post
Spanish PM wants Vatican to help stop Franco from being reburied at Madrid cathedralEL PAS in English
The Law of Amnesty and the "Pact of Forgetting" - BarcelonasBarcelonas
EL PAS in English
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Russian 'mafia' group and MP Reznik acquitted in Spain - BBC News

BBC News

Russian 'mafia' group and MP Reznik acquitted in Spain
BBC News
Spanish judges have acquitted 17 Russians over alleged large-scale money-laundering for the Russian mafia. A Russian MP, Vladislav Reznik, was among those acquitted. Nine other suspects remain at large, including alleged gang boss Gennady Petrov.
Spain Acquits Group of Russians Suspected of Mafia TiesThe Moscow Times

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Ryanair Crew in Spain Takes 'Protest Picture' of Crew Members Sleeping on Floor - Travel+Leisure

Travel+Leisure

Ryanair Crew in Spain Takes 'Protest Picture' of Crew Members Sleeping on Floor
Travel+Leisure
European budget airline Ryanair has been getting some severe criticism after a photo circulated online of one flight crew that allegedly was forced to sleep on the floor in Spain. According to Travel Pulse, a flight going to Porto, Portugal had to be ...

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Spain Abolishes the 'Tax on the Sun' - Greentech Media

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Spain Abolishes the 'Tax on the Sun'
Greentech Media
Spanish lawmakers this month canceled Spain's notorious "tax on the sun" as part of a package of measures aimed at bringing down soaring electricity costs. The package was issued on October 5 as a royal decree law (RDL), a legal maneuver allowing the ...



Costa Del Sol weather WARNING: Spain on alert for HUGE STORMS in Valencia and Barcelona - Express.co.uk

Express.co.uk

Costa Del Sol weather WARNING: Spain on alert for HUGE STORMS in Valencia and Barcelona
Express.co.uk
Spain's meteorological agency, Agencia Estatal de Meteorologa (AEMET), has warned of persistent storms and flash flooding today. The country has been hit by severe storms since Thursday, with red and yellow weather warnings in place for the east to ...

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Spain may dethrone Japan in life expectancy rankings by 2040 - The Japan Times

The Japan Times

Spain may dethrone Japan in life expectancy rankings by 2040
The Japan Times
According to the study, published in the British medical journal Lancet, the average life expectancy in Spain, which ranked No. 4 in 2016, is seen topping the list at 85.8 in 2040. Japan, which sat atop the 2016 list, will fall to No. 2 at 85.7 years ...
Spain will have the world's longest life expectancy in the next 20 years and the US will fall behind China in the ...Business Insider
Mortality in the United States, 2016 - CDCCDC
Forecasting life expectancy, years of life lost, and all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 250 causes of death ...The Lancet

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Spain in quandary over exhumation and reburial of dictator - Irish Times

Irish Times

Spain in quandary over exhumation and reburial of dictator
Irish Times
Franco ruled Spain from the end of the conflict until his death in 1975 and the site remains both a tourist attraction and a magnet for Franco's far-right supporters. Last month, parliament paved the way for the exhumation by approving an amendment to ...



Gibraltar status agreement reached in Brexit talks, says Spain - The Independent

The Independent

Gibraltar status agreement reached in Brexit talks, says Spain
The Independent
The status of Gibraltar after Brexit has been resolved, Spain's prime minister has said. Speaking at the conclusion of an EU leaders' summit in Brussels, Pedro Sanchez said the issue between the Britain and Spain is resolved and will no longer be a ...



Spain considers new taxes on internet companies - ABC News

Spain considers new taxes on internet companies
ABC News
Spain's Socialist government wants to introduce new taxes on big internet companies and on financial transactions as a way of paying for improved pensions and public services. The proposed tax on digital services will be levied on companies with annual ...

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Photos: Flooding rain prompts water rescues in eastern Spain - AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather.com

Photos: Flooding rain prompts water rescues in eastern Spain
AccuWeather.com
Homes were flooded and more than two dozen people had to be rescued from their cars as torrential rain triggered flooding in eastern Spain late this week. As AccuWeather meteorologists warned about earlier this week, heavy rain streamed into Spain's ...