Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

15 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Class action lawsuit opened for victims of deadly Spanish painkiller

The manufacturers and distributors of Nolitil, the deadly painkiller which killed expats in Spain, are now facing a class action lawsuit. The deadly drug was first exposed as a killer in Spain’s expat newspaper The Olive Press after medical translator Cristina del Campo alerted a journalist at the publication. After an almost two year battle to have the drug regulated and its deadly effects publicised, the paper’s campaign resulted in getting it banned for tourists and expats can only be prescribed it short term after a thorough...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2018

EU promises Brits visa-free travel after no-deal

The European Commission has now promised visa-free entry to Britons wishing to take short trips to the EU after a no-deal Brexit. The offer, which must still gain agreement from the EU parliament and the EU Council, would allow British citizens to visit France, Spain or any other countries in the Schengen zone and stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without needing a visa. Several stages are involved in allowing a new EU law, but it’s expected the offer will pass. Should Brexit end with a no-deal exit, the new law would...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in Spain baffled and angry over May’s Brexit deal

As news broke of a possible stalemate-breaking new Brexit agreement between the EU and the UK, UK expats in Spain were left angry and even more baffled. According to chair of the Bremain in Spain campaign Sue Wilson, reactions from her members range between increased concerns over post-Brexit citizens’ rights to the typical Brit reaction of ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’. As is usual with Brexit news, there’s very little information to steady frayed expatriate nerves, even although anti-Brexit groups are being told a deal...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2018

QROPS dilemma for UK expat retiree pensioners

Retiring in the sun is the dream of many older Britons, especially since the Brexit referendum. Expats past the age of retirement make up a sizeable percentage of British nationals living overseas, according to the Office for National Statistics. Portugal and Spain are major UK retirement hubs, with pensioners aged 65 and over accounting for 39 and 42 per cent of the total British expat population respectively in the two countries. In addition, 207,300 of the 784,900 UK-born nationals living in Europe are of retirement age or older....
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Spanish tourism minister in Brexit talks with Thomas Cook and Jet2

UK tour operators and the Spanish tourism chief met in London earlier this week to ensure Spain’s future as a UK expat and tourism hub. Spanish minister for industry, trade and tourism Reyes Maroto met up with CEOs from Jet2 and Thomas Cook to shore up Spain’s future as a tourism hub should a no-deal Brexit scenario become reality. Tourism contributes 11 per cent of Spain’s one trillion euro economy, with British visitors making up 25 per cent of total tourist numbers. Also threatened are UK expats resident in Spain who...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Thailand still a bargain basement retirement destination?

For several decades, Thailand has been touted as an affordable, enjoyable retirement destination, but how much has the country changed over the past few years? For retirees from Europe, the USA, the UK and Australia, Thailand has long been a favourite for its low cost of living, natural beauty, warm climate and friendly locals, but recent polls are suggesting it’s in decline as regards these essentials. Admittedly, the beaches are no longer as pristine as before due to overuse and lack of care, the famous street-side cuisine is...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats can’t live without baked beans and Shreddies

British expats in Australia still pine for a taste of the home country. In spite of the Australian love of barbecued meat and other such delicacies, homesick Brits living in Oz are still sending off for all-time British culinary favourites such as cheese and onion crisps and Bisto gravy. Figures released by online grocery British Corner Shop show a long list of regularly-ordered goodies expats simply can’t live without. It seems preferences depend on which country expats choose as their home from home, with Britons in the USA...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Costa del Sol reverts to Costa del violent gang warfare

British expats living along Spain’s Costa del Sol coastline are now trapped in a gang warfare zone. For decades, Spain’s most popular expat havens have also been known as boltholes for wanted criminals fleeing the UK police, with the region’s reputation often glamourised in films and TV series as a result. Over the past months, the grim underbelly of the beachside resorts has burst onto the streets in a fury of bombings, gangland-style executions and gruesome assassinations. As a result, expat business owners and retirees in the...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Deadly painkiller Nolotil now strongly regulated in Spain

The Olive Press’s campaign against the use of the deadly painkiller Nolotil has finally been successful. Over a year ago, Spain’s English language newspaper began a campaign against the use of Nolotil, a painkiller frequently prescribed by Spanish doctors. The paper was alerted to the mysterious deaths of a number of British and Irish expatriates and tourists and launched an investigation as well as posting a petition calling for the drug’s regulation after being alerted to the issue by medical translator Cristina Garcia del...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2018

British and Irish buying up Spanish property

Foreign buyer purchases in Spain are up by 11 per cent, with Brits and the Irish cornering 15 per cent of the total foreign market. It’s old news that Spain is the most popular expat destination for British expats as well as for holidaymakers, but the threat of Brexit doesn’t seem to have dampened their enthusiasm for a sunny climate, inexpensive cost of living and a ready-made expat community. In total, some 17,388 foreigners bought their very own personal versions of the Spanish dream during this year’s second quarter –...