Spain is a kingdom located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It also has several small territories on and near the north African coast.
Spain is the fourth largest country in Europe and a member of the European Union, but it also shows significant Arabic influence. Spain is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. It has an Atlantic Ocean as well as a Mediterranean coastline. The Spanish global colonial empire in the 15th century, made Spanish the world's second most spoken first language.
It's the height of tourist season here in Europe. Guests from all over the world are flocking to the continents most beautiful cities and regions, and of course, the Europeans themselves are taking advantage of open borders and heading south to their favorite resort. But this summer things seem to have reached a tipping point, with angry locals saying things have gotten out of hand.
Tourists looking for an alternative to Turkey and Tunsia have increasingly headed elsewhere. However, the strain in Spain is felt mainly by the locals, who feel unable to enjoy their cities and beaches. Now, local authorities want to do something about the floods of tourists.
The 34-year-old Spaniard is considered one of the best riders of his time, but despite the success, some will remember him for his 2012 doping scandal. Contador will park his bike after next month's Vuelta in Spain.
Over the past 10 years, hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have emigrated because of their country's economic crisis. Now that the Spanish economy is slowly picking up, many want to return home. However, even with years of experience working abroad, finding a stable job in Spain is still anything but easy. The unemployment rate is around eighteen per cent – amongst under 35's, it's around 40%.
Rajoy has lodged legal action against a reform by Catalonian lawmakers that would allow them to fast-track independence in one day. The prime minister also called a planned independence referendum "radical and divisive."
Spanish business leaders think Catalonia's push to split from Spain is negatively affecting the economy, even if the effects are not directly impacting their companies. The economy minister also warned of economc damage.
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