Expat Euro News

Latest 10 news items tagged Euro

26 May at 4 PM 2015

Expats living in Spain to be affected by EU inheritance law

Expats in Spain could see their estates handed out against their intentions and their families having to fork out more tax than they should if they have not made a will. Spain is the most popular destination among emigrating British retirees, with thousands relocating to the Mediterranean nation each year. However, many remain completely unaware that the inheritance laws in the two countries are entirely different, and are all set to change once more. Spanish laws determine who the inheritor should be when a person who has not made...
26 May at 11 AM 2015

EU nationals in UK will have no referendum vote

European nationals residing in the UK will not be permitted to vote in a European referendum, said British Prime Minister David Cameron. The prime minister said that EU nationals living in the UK, despite being allowed to cast their vote in European elections, will not be afforded such a right in a European referendum. Meanwhile, British expats who have resided outside their country for less than 15 years will be permitted to vote, just as they are in the country’s general election. British, Irish and any other Commonwealth...
22 May at 9 AM 2015

Expat worker in Spain shocked at son’s suitcase arrival

The father of a Moroccan boy caught being smuggled into Spain in a suitcase has denied knowing anything about what was happening. The eight-year-old boy in question was apprehended in Cueta, an autonomous city of Spain that adjoins Morocco, after officials discovered him inside a suitcase. His father, Ali Ouattara from the Ivory Coast, refuted suggestions that he knew what was going on but admitted that he had hired intermediaries to bring his son into Spain. However, his lawyer claimed that he had expected the operation to be in...
12 May at 6 PM 2015

Many British expats unable to vote due to 'broken system

‘There have been many complaints from across the world by British expats as they were unable to vote in last week’s UK General Election. Many British living abroad received their postal vote papers too late in order for them to return their votes in time for them to be counted. David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, is now serving his second term in Downing Street having won 331 seats, exceeding the necessary 323 seats needed to secure a majority government. The vast majority of complaints regarding delayed...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2015

Expat mothers prefer life in Spain

Nearly half of the expat mothers living in Spain never want to return to their home country because they feel they have a better quality of living in their adopted country. MumAbroad.com conducted a survey that found that 49 per cent of expat mothers residing in Spain, Italy, Germany and France planned never to return home. Meanwhile, two-thirds are of the opinion that they have a better quality of life in their new country, despite the fact that they believe the education system is not of the same standard. The survey quizzed 650...
29 Apr at 4 PM 2015

Expat pimp arrested in Spain

A Belgian national dubbed ‘Europe’s biggest pimp’ has been arrested in the Spanish resort town of Torremolinos. Stefan Rene faces charges of heading a prostitution ring that spans the continent. He was picked up by the Guardia Civil after a Moroccan woman who worked for him told Belgian authorities where he was staying after he reportedly beat her and burnt her with a cigarette. Rene’s million-euro network was established in Malaga, southern Spain, and operates on the Costa del Sol, in Eastern Europe and in Belgium. The...
28 Apr at 12 PM 2015

British expats to be hit by NHS clampdown

British expats living in European countries such as Spain are likely to feel the full force of a proposed clampdown by the NHS. Many UK citizens living overseas often fly back to their homeland for doctors’ appointments or procedures such as operations because of the hassle involved when dealing with local health authorities abroad, particularly concerning the seemingly endless amount of paperwork that may need to be processed. However, the NHS has introduced new regulations, which will come into force in the coming days, stating...
22 Apr at 4 PM 2015

Expat couple to star on Channel 5 documentary about demolition of Spanish villa

A British expat couple will appear on Channel 5’s Horror Homes to reveal all about how their dream villa in Spain was demolished. Len and Helen Prior, who were living in the Andalucian town of Vera, saw their villa bulldozed on January 2008 because of “planning irregularities”. Despite being in possession of the required documents which were signed by the local town hall, the Priors, from Berkshire, received a call informing them that their property was to be demolished. Five years on in 2013, Helen told reporters that the...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2015

Bar and restaurant-owning expats in Spain suffer since economy crisis

Since the onset of the Spanish economy crisis, bar and restaurant owners in the Iberian country have been losing out to supermarkets, with wine purchased in the latter having gone up by six per cent. The Bank of Spain’s macroeconomic report has revealed that spending on the majority of products has gone down, but spirits and liqueurs have suffered the most, with a decline of 40 per cent. Although people are still spending on products they enjoy, it seems they are now looking to be careful about where they buy them. This spells bad...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2015

Finnish expat in Spain loses lengthy loft conversion battle

A Finnish expat living in the Spanish town of Estepona has lost a six-year legal fight to keep her loft conversion after being told it had to be demolished. Terttu Balson, 70, was instructed to begin work on removing the loft, despite the fact her neighbour has one. Furthermore, the grandmother has also been handed a 24,300 euro fine for building the extension a number of years ago without first obtaining planning permission from the local council. As if to rub salt into her wounds, her neighbour, as well as many other people in...