EU SERIES: WOMEN IN THE EU LIVE LONGER BUT WON’T BEAR MORE CHILDREN TO RESCUE THE POPULATION

EU SERIES: WOMEN IN THE EU LIVE LONGER BUT WON’T BEAR MORE CHILDREN TO RESCUE THE POPULATION »

12 Jan, 2024
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Eurostat numbers on hand, it is but logical to conclude that while the ability of women in the EU to choose the age at which they would be mothers is GOOD news, it is at once a mixed blessing. Apparently, women have chosen not only to put motherhood on hold but also to have an insufficient number of children when they finally decide to have them. (Spanish women top the list of those who postpone motherhood AND have the least number of children to boot.) In so doing, Europe is unable to keep its population constant unless boosted by immigrants.

THOSE MARVELOUS MILESTONES REACHED BY SPAIN’S COUNCIL OF THE EU PRESIDENCIES »

11 Jul, 2023
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The historical milestones in European integration occurring during Spain's presidencies: the Economic and Monetary Union; the euro; Schengen; the Cohesion Funds, the Lisbon Treaty that gives the EU full legal personality vis-à-vis the world outside; the Treaty of Amsterdam that takes the EU further into supranationalism; the European Arrest Warrant, a face-off with transantional terrorism. . .

EUROPE’S SAHARA: HOW SPAIN IS TURNING INTO A DESERT

EUROPE’S SAHARA: HOW SPAIN IS TURNING INTO A DESERT »

1 Jul, 2023
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Heatwaves are but one of climate change’s serious “offenses” responsible for the devastating droughts that go hand in hand with desertification. In the European Union, Spain is the most threatened by desertification. Thirty-one point percent of its land is affected by desertification while 20% is already desertified. One may not put all the blame on climate change, though. Human activity is a major offender. And people in the country are guilty of abusive use of natural resources..

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MICHELIN STARS, PART 2: FROM TIRES TO TIRELESS FINE-DINING

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MICHELIN STARS, PART 2: FROM TIRES TO TIRELESS FINE-DINING »

12 Dec, 2022
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Why would a tire company want people to go dine out? So they’d get out their cars and drive the distance—the longer the better—wearing out their tires in the process and buy new ones. And where should they dine? Check out the Gold Standard of fine dining, the Michelin Guide!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN–WHERE THE ACTION IS,” 19 May 1989

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN–WHERE THE ACTION IS,” 19 May 1989 »

1 Sep, 2022
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In this new and wonderful decade (of the 1980s) in which we are living, where is Spain going? My country has undertaken throughout the past ten years a great effort to adjust itself to modernity. In twelve years, since the first free elections in 1977, Spain has undergone two gigantic transitions: the political and the economic.. we have established a democratic and constitutional political regime and carried out an economic minirevolution.

THE FREE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARDS: TRAVEL WITHOUT CARE! 

THE FREE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARDS: TRAVEL WITHOUT CARE!  »

26 Aug, 2022
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Summer is coming to an end. But travel and tourism remain uppermost in the minds of Europeans whose wanderlust seems insatiable after the lockdowns of the pandemic. A card in time saves nine hassles during vacations beyond national borders. Therefore, Spaniards and their European brethren had better be aware that there’s such a thing as the European Health Insurance Card which entitles travelers to public health assistance in the country they’re visiting. Get full info if you don't have it already!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE ORIGINAL TOURIST IN SPAIN”, 5 May 1967, Second Installment

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE ORIGINAL TOURIST IN SPAIN”, 5 May 1967, Second Installment »

29 May, 2022
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Rich with racy flavour, "Gatherings from Spain" is the earliest comprehensive account of Spanish travels that exists in English, written by Richard Ford, the master of vivid description of the country, Spain, that he loves so deeply, and the singular people who are "scarcely European living on a neutral ground between the hat and the turban". With characteristic zestful perspicacity, Ford would underscore above others the "Orientalness" of the Spaniards.

THEY’RE GOING BANANAS!

THEY’RE GOING BANANAS! »

28 Sep, 2021
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“Please don’t bury my bananas” is the collective prayer of the planters on La Palma where the Cumbre Vieja volcano is still spewing molten lava that devours houses, schools and banana fields as it plows its sinister way down to the Atlantic. It isn’t just that the lava buries everything that gets in its way. The ashes not only settle on the fruit but on whole plants and kill them off. Who can foretell what measly number of bananas would be harvested now, in view of the eruption? And to think that over 10,000 of the island’s 85,000 population depend on banana employment!

THE COAST IS CLEAR

THE COAST IS CLEAR »

7 Jun, 2021
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The pandemic in Europe is easing off satisfactorily, allowing Spain to finally open up its ports to international cruise ships. Get to know the fabulous ports that await you!

YA ES PRIMAVERA IN SPAIN. SMILE & DON’T FORGET TO ADVANCE THE CLOCK!

YA ES PRIMAVERA IN SPAIN. SMILE & DON’T FORGET TO ADVANCE THE CLOCK! »

30 Mar, 2021
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Spring DST  starts Sunday,  28 March 2021 at 2:00 AM, jumping the time to 3:00 AM. The European Parliament voted to abolish the unpopular DST by 2021 the EU is leaving it to its member-states, individually, to decide whether to stick to, or drop, DST. So far nobody has come forward with a rejection plan. The blame for the "procrastination" is on the pandemic aggravated by Brexit. There simply is too much on everybody's plate to be adding one more heap, worrying about what to do with the bi-annual changing of the clocks! The blame for the "procrastination" is on the pandemic aggravated by Brexit. There simply is too much on everybody's plate to be adding one more heap, worrying about what to do with the bi-annual changing of the clocks!