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IN THE FACE OF RUSSIA’S GAS WEAPONIZATION: What the EU has Done to Secure its Energy Supply

IN THE FACE OF RUSSIA’S GAS WEAPONIZATION: What the EU has Done to Secure its Energy Supply »

16 Aug, 2022
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Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission adopted the REPowerEU Plan to end the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels asap. REPowerEU sets out measures on diversification of energy suppliers, energy savings and energy efficiency, and an accelerated roll-out of renewable energy. And the EU is succeeding in the attempt, too, after the Nord Stream II debacle which has sent German fuel supply, and by extension the EU's as well, into a tailspin.

IN THE EU: SAVE FUEL NOW OR RISK FREEZING IN WINTER!

IN THE EU: SAVE FUEL NOW OR RISK FREEZING IN WINTER! »

15 Aug, 2022
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"The European Union faces the risk of further gas supply cuts from Russia, due to the Kremlin's weaponisation of gas exports, with almost half of our Member States already affected by reduced deliveries.  Taking action now can reduce both the risk and the costs for Europe in case of further or full disruption, strengthening European energy resilience." Accordingly, the European Commission has proposed a gas-demand reduction plan to prepare EU for supply cuts.

THE STUNNING PUY DU FOU: NOTHING LIKE IT!

THE STUNNING PUY DU FOU: NOTHING LIKE IT! »

20 Jul, 2022
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Puy du Fou Theme Park narrates the history of Toledo and, broadly, Spain in a spectacular manner, sparing no expense to give us a unique experience we won’t forget in a long long time!

HISTORIC DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT: FAKE NEWS?

HISTORIC DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT: FAKE NEWS? »

13 Jun, 2022
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The Government of Spain's good news: Unemployment, which stood at 14.1 % in November 2021, with youth unemployment at a staggering 29.5%, dropped from its 15-year perch of plus-three million jobless to 2.92 million in May 2022. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Labor Minister Yolanda Diaz are elated about the startling phenomenon. Opposition leader Alberto Nuñez Feijóo has accused the Government of massaging the figures.

TWA Layovers: Del Hotel Plaza al Cielo

TWA Layovers: Del Hotel Plaza al Cielo »

10 Jun, 2022
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During my thirty years as a TWA flight attendant, I spent many a layover at the Hotel Plaza. Whether coming off a new Boeing 707 in the sixties, the whale-sized 747 in the eighties or a sleek 767 in the nineties, the Plaza was my home away from home. The hotel was nestled inside the Edificio España, wrapped in a cozy cocoon of cafeterias, bars, restaurants and watering holes that catered to all tastes. There always seemed to be fruit floating in the water of the pool in the top floor from someone's sangria. And once in a while, a naked Maja was seen running across the balcony chased by a Don Juan Tenorio.

Stateside Stories: High Fuel Prices Put Damper on US Summer Travel Plans

Stateside Stories: High Fuel Prices Put Damper on US Summer Travel Plans »

31 May, 2022
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US fuel prices have surged by 51% in the past year and by more than 90% since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021. Biden is thought by many to be purposely grinding down the middle class. He praised high gas prices as part of an “incredible transition” away from fossil fuels. If you plan on traveling by car this summer, expect to pay more for gas, and if you plan to fly, tickets may be more expensive.

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND THE RIGHT TO TAP WATER

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND THE RIGHT TO TAP WATER »

27 May, 2022
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A new law in Spain obliges bars and restaurants to serve water from the tap free of charge. They should make unbottled water available in such a way that it becomes a regular feature of the eateries. Why? It's the (circular ) economy, stupid!

MEET THE NEW TOURIST ATTRACTION AT PLAZA ESPAÑA

MEET THE NEW TOURIST ATTRACTION AT PLAZA ESPAÑA »

16 May, 2022
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Since opening last 8 April, the Zara megastore at Plaza España has been converted, perhaps inadvertently – or is it? – into a tourist attraction! This Zara, and its sister-store Stradivarius on the west wing of Edificio España, were the first Inditex stores to be opened immediately after heiress Marta Ortega assumed her post as Chairperson of Inditex, the world's largest apparel retailer. The inauguration of this Zara marks Marta Ortega’s debut in the stratosphere of Inditex’s hierarchy.

FIESTA TIME! YOUR FABULOUS FLAMENCO OUTFIT FOR AS LOW AS €20!

FIESTA TIME! YOUR FABULOUS FLAMENCO OUTFIT FOR AS LOW AS €20! »

6 May, 2022
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For as low as €20 and higher than €2000! That's the way the traje flamenca goes, pricewise. Meaning, you've got a really exciting range of choices!

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT SPAIN’S LABOR REFORM?

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT SPAIN’S LABOR REFORM? »

14 Feb, 2022
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At stake during the ratification of Spain's Labor Reform were the European Union's pandemic reconstruction funds -- the NGEU and MFF packages --  projected to reach €1824.3 billion, and the remedy for the precarious labor situation in Spain due to the structural anomaly in hiring.