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Arrest of Manuel Charlín, 85, reveals resilience of Galicia’s cocaine clans


When police intercepted a ship off the Azores carrying a shipment of 2.4 tonnes of cocaine bound for Galicia in north-west Spain last week, they were surprised when the trail led them to the legendary drug trafficker Manuel Charlín Gama. The 85-year-old head of the “Charlines” clan, whom everyone assumed had retired, and his son Melchor were among 28 people ... Read More »

80 per cent of European hashish smuggled in every year to Spanish town near Gibraltar

This undated handout photo released on September 14, 2016 by Guardia Civil shows bales of hashish at the Cartagena seaport seized by Spanish Civil Guard off the Spanish Murcia region coast.
The Spanish Civil Guard said on September 14, 2016 they seized this weekend 14.5 tons of hashish and arrested two people, one Bulgarian and one Dutchman, aboard a sailboat sailing off the southeast Spanish coast of Murcia region. / AFP PHOTO / Guardia Civil / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GUARDIA CIVIL " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Spanish police are struggling to contain extremely organized crime networks in the narco-hub town of La Línea, just north of the Spain-Gibraltar border. A Spanish coastal town of under 65,000 people is the entry point for 80 per cent of the hashish resin consumed annually by Europe, claims a report by northern Spanish daily La Voz de Galicia. At least ... Read More »

Opportunities heat up for Irish companies in soaring Spain


Sun, sea and sand are typically top on the minds of Irish travellers to Spain. While most of the more than two million people who visited Spain from Ireland in 2017 were holiday-makers, an increasing number are travelling to realise new business opportunities. For many Irish exporters, Spain, the Eurozone’s fourth-largest economy, now means business. The International Monetary Fund recently ... Read More »

Spain, Portugal bust gang smuggling eels worth $625 million to Asia


MADRID—A joint investigation by Spanish and Portuguese authorities has brought down a criminal network that has been making lucrative profits by smuggling glass eels to Asia. In the latest operation against the traffickers that was concluded in March but only revealed Friday, four Chinese citizens, three Spaniards and three Moroccans were arrested in Spain in an operation co-ordinated by the ... Read More »

Billions of Eu money wasted on Spain’s high-speed rail


Since 2000, the EU has been funding various high-speed railways across the bloc. But a recent report by the European Court Auditors found that ‘effectiveness of the investments is lacking and EU added value is at risk’. The report adds that ‘low passenger numbers are leading to high risk of ineffective spending of €2.7 billion EU co-funding’. Potential routes under ... Read More »

Brit arrested for transatlantic drug smuggling in Spain


A major international manhunt for two Britons accused of smuggling over a tonne of cocaine hidden in a yacht in a transatlantic narcotics operation, disguised as a routine ship delivery from Brazil to Portugal, has resulted in the capture of one of the suspects in Spain. The arrest of Robert Delbos, 66, on 15 June by Interpol, follows tip-offs from ... Read More »

Trial of doctor, 85, puts Spain in dock over ‘stolen babies’


An 85-year-old doctor accused of abducting a newborn girl from her mother almost half a century ago will appear in court in Madrid this week, becoming the first person to stand trial over Spain’s long and infamous . Thousands of families are thought to have been caught up in the illegal practice, which began shortly after the end of the ... Read More »

How Spain Got Its Swagger Back


Nine years ago, Spanish entrepreneur Javier Goyeneche was fighting a losing battle to save his footwear and accessories company from the cratering economy. Today he has a new venture making apparel from waste plastic harvested from the ocean, and he’s on track to double revenue for a second straight year. “I started Ecoalf in the middle of the crisis, and ... Read More »

Spain to take in 629 migrants stranded at sea after Italy refuses


Spain has agreed to take in 629 migrants stranded on a rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea after Italy’s new government denied the vessel access to its ports in a bid to force a European reckoning over the migration situation. The move by Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s new socialist prime minister, to allow the migrants to disembark in Valencia looked set ... Read More »

Spain’s new prime minister names cabinet with women in majority


MADRID – Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez named his cabinet on Wednesday, with women taking most of the posts at the top of government for the first time in the country’s history. Sanchez, whose Socialist party holds just 84 of 350 parliamentary seats, was propelled into office on Friday after an unlikely alliance of anti-austerity and nationalist parties backed ... Read More »

Spain’s Socialists pledge ‘elections within months’ if vote succeeds


Spain’s Socialist Party pledged to hold new elections within months if its attempt to unseat Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy with a parliamentary no-confidence vote succeeds. The country’s biggest opposition party, led by Pedro Sanchez, filed the motion seeking Rajoy’s ouster in the 350-seat lower house of parliament on Friday. No date has been set for the vote, but the bid ... Read More »

Spanish Government to present a new digital tax year


MADRID: Spain’s economy minister Román Escolano said on Saturday that the government wants to present a new digital tax this year that will hurt technology firms, with the aim of entering into force in 2019. Escolano hoped to be able to approve soon a new tributary figure that contributes to paying in part the rise of the pensions that gather ... Read More »

Irish men arrested after €3.4m cannabis seizure in Spain


Five men, including four from Ireland, have been arrested after €3.4m worth of cannabis herb was seized in Spain. The drugs were discovered north-west of Malaga among pallets of lettuce in a truck that was destined for Ireland. The four Irish men – aged 56, 45, 35 and 33 – along with a 27-year-old Romanian man were detained on 6 ... Read More »

Gibraltar FURY: Spain exploits Brexit to demand police in international airport


Gibraltar, which is a British overseas territory, has been subject to various attempts to reclaim its sovereignty by Spain, with Brexit providing the latest opportunity for Madrid to flex its muscles and once again attempt a land grab. The European Union granted Spain the power of veto over the future relationship between Gibraltar and the EU after Britain leaves the ... Read More »

Spanish police uncover nine tons of cocaine in record breaking bust


Spanish police have seized a record nine tons of cocaine concealed in a shipment of bananas from Colombia. Six people have been arrested after police found the drug hidden among boxes of bananas in a shipping container at the southern port of Algeciras. The stash was the largest ever found in a single shipping container in Europe. Such a haul ... Read More »

Spanish woman wins spy cam case over supermarket pasty


A Spanish judge has told a supermarket to reinstate a sacked worker or pay her €19,000 (£16,758; $22,636), arguing that secret video showing her eating a pasty had breached her privacy. A spy camera in the Córdoba shop had recorded the woman eating a pasty while serving customers, violating the rules. The woman, not named, was sacked in November, having ... Read More »

Asda-Sainsbury’s merger puts more than 2,500 jobs at risk, warns think tank


Up to 2,500 jobs in supply chains could be at risk from the proposed merger of Asda and Sainsbury’s, the New Economics Foundation has warned. According to analysis by the think tank, the promised price cuts – Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe has pledged a 10 per cent reduction for consumers – will be passed onto suppliers. The NEF found that ... Read More »

Launch of first bottled fresh organic coconut water


MADRID: The Spanish company COCO WILSON has launched the only 100%, bottled, fresh organic coconut water on the market, produced from the exclusive Nam-Hom variety. This certified organic beverage, presented in a 240 ml format, is characterised by a unique, sweet and floral flavour and has the unparalleled health properties of coconuts, grown in the Thai region of Ratcchaburi. The ... Read More »

Spain praise strong ties look to boost bilateral trade


MADRID: The relationship between Turkey and Spain will be brought to a new level, while trade and investments will also be increased, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said yesterday. Yıldırım’s remarks came at the Nueva Economia Forum held in Madrid, Spain, where he arrived Tuesday on an official visit.The relationship between Turkey and Spain is increasing every year, the prime ... Read More »

Spanish cherry season delayed upwards of two weeks


MADRID: Spain’s leading cherry production regions are set for a season delay of 15-20 days in 2018, according to a release from the country’s Federation of Fruit, Vegetable, Flower and Live Plant Grower Exporter Associations (FEPEX). Following a meeting of the group’s Cherry Committee, representatives from the three main production regions – Extremadura, Aragon and Catalonia – indicated there would be ... Read More »