Expat Spain News
Latest 10 news items tagged Spain
20 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Everything in life, including food and shelter, needs to be paid for, but expats on a budget can still get quality of life in a number of European cities.
Every expat knows the ‘best things in life are free’, but the reasonable cost of living in your chosen destination isn’t as important as a friendly community. Given that, it’s possible to have both in at many European cities.
Berlin is becoming increasingly popular with expats for its cultural scene and thriving nightlife, with a beer costing around three euros and...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2016
After a meeting with Theresa May, the Spanish acting prime minister told British expats to keep calm and wait for results.
Mariano Rajoy yesterday attended a working lunch with Theresa May in which the plight of Spaniards living in the UK and British expats in Spain
was discussed. Although no press conference was held after the meeting, a written statement issued from Rajoy’s official residence after the lunch confirmed Spain
was readying to support the interests of its nationals in the UK and, by the same token, the interests of ...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The dramatic decline in the value of sterling is causing misery for a huge number of British expats living in EU member states and other world countries.
British retirees in Spain
, France and Italy are not only facing an uncertain future as regards their rights to stay in their chosen countries, they’re also seeing their spending power eroded at an unprecedented rate. A majority of UK expats living in other EU states are the worst off, as they rely on UK state pensions, private pensions or company schemes, with the pound now...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is being sued in the European Court of Justice over his banning of any pre-Article 50 negotiations.
A legal challenge has been mounted by the Fair Deal for Expats group on the basis that Junckers’ so-called ‘presidential order’ has no basis in EU law and must be considered an ‘unlawful gagging order’. The group is calling for the immediate annulment of the order, thus allowing the commencement of EU/UK pre-Brexit talks focusing on Brexit’s potential effects on British...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Yesterday’s announcement by a Spanish minister that the UK should be forced to pay for expats’ post-Brexit heathcare is about to spark a bitter political wrangle between the two countries.
Madrid’s statement made it clear that Theresa May’s tough Brexit would result in hardship for expats at present residing in Spain
. Of the 800,000 Brits living in Mediterranean costal resorts, well over half are elderly and chose Spain
in order to make the most of their British state pensions. Should the UK government refuse, self-funding of...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2016
A group of wealthy British businessmen are donating in support of an upcoming legal challenge to force a parliamentary vote before Brexit is triggered next March.
The high court case is due to be heard this month, and is hoped to prevent Theresa May from triggering Article 50 without first opening the issue to a parliamentary debate. A group of prominent British business owners including Pimlico Plumbers CEO Charlie Mullins are donating funds in the hope that a parliamentary vote will result in Brexit being reconsidered before it’s...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2016
In its first post-Brexit announcement concerning pensioners living in Spain
, the country’s foreign minister told listeners at an Alicante event that the UK should pay its’ expats’ medical bills.
Spanish foreign minister Jose Manual Garcia-Margallo is quoted as saying one of the country’s post-Brexit goals is to force Britain to pay the medical bills of UK pensioners domiciled in Spain
. He insisted the two countries need to agree that expat retirees are able to access local heathcare services, but the cost must be covered by...
30 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Discrimination by British banks against UK expats with no ties to the country wishing to open accounts is now against the law.
For some years, British banks have refused to open accounts for UK expats living overseas, and have even closed existing accounts. The reason behind the discrimination seems to be that not having a UK address stops financial companies from monitoring customers’ credit history in order to underwrite borrowing.
Whatever the reason, the banks’ unacceptable behaviour has caused major problems for many...
29 Sep at 6 PM 2016
An expat fraudster working in the UK and Spain
has died unexpectedly, leaving her investor victims unable to trace millions of euros.
Wendy Smart, also known as Wendy Jeffery, died before the estimated four million euros of investor money could be located. The fraudster persuaded dozens of expats in Spain
as well as UK residents to invest in one scheme involving producing black truffles and another involving tree planting. Both were ‘guaranteed’ to produce huge returns for money invested.
According to an investigative...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Statistics from a recently released Eurostat survey have confirmed Spain
as the most popular of all European states for expat living.
It’s old news that Spain
is and always was the hottest destination for expats, especially retirees, with the results of a new Euro-survey identifying coastal Torrevieja in Alicante as holding the highest number of expats in the whole of Spain
. Also known as the ‘city of salt’, the seaside town is home to 46 per cent of foreign residents, the majority of whom are retirees from the UK.