Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

29 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court Brexit vote judgment ignores and insults UK expats

The judgment handed down by the High Court regarding the right to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum both ignores and insults British citizens who have chosen to exercise their entitlement to free movement within the EU. Although the case will now go directly to appeal at the Supreme Court, yesterday’s decision simply fuels the fires of uncertainty and fear across expat communities in Eu member states. Comments made by the judges disregarded the possible plight of expats, with those still unable to cast their votes the worst...
27 Apr at 9 AM 2016

Brit expats whose home was demolished finally awarded Spanish compensation

The British expat couple who watched their dream home in Spain torn down due to trumped-up planning irregularities have finally received justice, but it’s a double-edged sword. Len and Helen Prior’s appalling experience hit the headlines in 2008 after the bulldozers had demolished their dream villa in rural Spain’s Almeria coastal region. They’d ensured the correct planning permission for the construction had been obtained from the local town hall, but the license had been revoked by the Andalusian regional government and the...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Study shows majority of EU based expats have Brexit fears

A recent study has revealed that two thirds of UK expats living in European Union countries are concerned that Britain’s leaving the EU would have significant negative effects on their lives. The poll, carried out on behalf of an investment and financial advisory company, involved expatriates in France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany. Just over two-thirds of respondents admitted they were anxious about the outcome Brexit, with 24 per cent unconcerned and eight per cent saying they did not know. According to...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court ruling on expat voting disenfranchisement to be delayed

Following this week’s High Court hearing, British expats in Europe are now waiting for the court to make a ruling on the controversial issue. The long-awaited legal challenge of the UK government's ruling of disenfranchisement for expats living overseas for over 15 years has resulted in the High Court reserving judgment on the issue. Lawyers for plaintiffs Harry Shindler and Jacquelyn MacLennan argued that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years were ‘on the horns of an impossible dilemma’ as they would need to...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat business in Spain fear results of Brexit yes vote

Brexit is fast becoming the topic of the decade for UK expats living in Eurozone countries. Rumours, speculation, whispers, reports, blogs and more, but no real information as to the effect on the British people and British expats living in Europe. This is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.exchangerates.org.uk/news/tag/brexit.html">Brexit</a> 2016, and the furore is expected to increase the closer it comes to June 23. As well as causing controversy within Europe’s widespread UK expat community,...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expats Spanish siestas under threat

Spain’s interim Prime Minister has announced a controversial new plan to do away with the country’s traditional siesta. To most of the world and its expats, Spain is best known for three things – paella, bullfights and its much-loved, traditional three-hour siesta. Banks close, shops shut, traffic dies down and the streets empty for three hours, whilst Spaniards take a short snooze and enjoy the cool of their haciendas. However, if interim Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has his way, all this will end when Spain’s working day...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2016

UK retirees still prefer European destinations for their golden years

Despite increasing fears that the upcoming Brexit referendum will wreck their long-held plans, UK retirees are still planning to head to favourite European destinations to enjoy their golden years. A recent survey showed that one in every ten respondents were intending to use their pension savings to retire overseas. The poll involved 1,000 UK citizens between the ages of 50 to 70 years, with the coastal continental European destinations topping out as the chosen favourites for 68 per cent of those who took part. The most popular...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats versus Spaniards on stereotyping

One of the most difficult adjustments UK expats in the Costas have to make concerns the cultural differences between the British way of life and that of Spain. Living overseas may well be the adventure of a lifetime but it’s also fraught with challenges, especially for older expats who’ve decided to retire in sunny climes. Spain is one of Europe’s most popular expat hubs, perhaps due to the fact that it was one of the first European countries to jump on the bandwagon of cheap flights. For holidaymakers from chilly countries such...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Its a dogs life in European expat havens

For many expats, life overseas wouldn’t be complete without a furry friend, but finding the dog of your dreams in your new location might not be as easy as in the home country. Acquiring a canine companion once you’ve arrived in your chosen retirement destination ensures you’ll never feel alone and unwanted, however unfamiliar your new life seems at first. It’s amazing how quickly you become friends with others taking their dogs for a walk on the beach. However, the means of adopting local dogs are often very different than...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Currency exchange roller coaster hitting Brit expats in Europe

British pensioners who’ve moved to other EU member states over the past ten years have seen currency rates shave 11 per cent off their income. Fluctuating exchange rates since 2006 have reduced the actual value in euros of British pensions by 11 per cent, according to pension provider companies. Combined with a rise in the cost of living across the Eurozone and a major fall in property values, it’s bad news for expats who planned a comfortable retirement overseas. The latest fall in the value of the British pound is the result...