Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

27 May at 6 PM 2015

British mother ordered to reside near abusive ex-partner in Spain

A British mother is appealing to the High Court to have a repatriation order stating she must live near her abusive ex-boyfriend in the Spanish region of Granada overturned. The woman, 19, who has remained anonymous for legal reasons, said that her Spanish ex-boyfriend frightened her to death and has appealed the British court ruling that ordered her to reside with her two-year-old son within 100kms of her former partner, who was found guilty of strangling her to an unconscious state while pregnant. The ruling, which she has until 1...
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...
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...
18 May at 6 PM 2015

Worten electrical store angers expats with faulty goods

One of the biggest electrical chains in Spain have angered a couple of expats after they refused to issue a refund or to replace faulty items. Both men said that the customer service was non-existent at Worten’s Fuengirola and Marbella stores after appliances they deemed as useless arrived either broken or became faulty quickly. Expat Benehavis resident, Mike Hodge, 49, was dumbstruck when a fridge costing €1,200 arrived with its door broken. He said that when he was told he would have to pay for the shop to fix the fridge he...
12 May at 6 PM 2015

Expats US to receive YipTV OTT TV service

You Individualised Personalised TV, otherwise known as the YipTV service, will provide access to 50 international services for a fee of US$14.99 per month on a rolling contract. This service will be available on smart TVs, online, and on Google Chromecast, Android and iOS devices. Channels which will be available include Antena 3, BeIN Sports and Hola TV from Spain, TYC Sports from Argentina, Azteca from Mexico, Canal Sur from the pan-Latin region, Russian Today from Russia and NTN24 from Colombia. According to the co-founder and...
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 3 PM 2015

Expats in Spain told to hand ID into banks

Thousands of expatriates living in Spain could see their bank accounts temporarily closed if they fail to present their bank with digital ID. Spaniards in the Iberian country have been told to take a copy of their DNI national identity card into their bank, while foreigners must provide either their passport or residency card prior to 30 April. A law brought into effect in 2010 gave banks five years to completely digitalise all their customers’ records. Now, any accounts that are not in line with the new regulations will be...
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...
25 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Benidorm wants Unesco status

Spain’s most popular holiday destination Benidorm is vying to be granted Unesco world heritage status. After you’ve checked the date and realised it’s not 1 April and it is actually Benidorm, yes Benidorm, frequented by hordes of drunken Brits year-round, you can read on and see just why the sunny haven, well, fun-in-the-sun-type place, believes it is worthy of a status that places such as the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge already boast. Sociology professor Mario Gaviria, who is driving the bid, claimed that the popular...