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.
According to a report in a Portuguese paper, Cristiano Ronaldo has informed Real Madrid of his desire to leave Spain. The Portuguese star has been accused of defrauding the Spanish tax office of over 14 million euros.
Gibraltar belongs to Britain. That's been clear for centuries... but now the EU court has ruled they should be treated as a single economic unit. So, no special rules for the exclave bordering the south of Spain when the UK leaves the European Union. That could seriously harm Gibraltar's profitable gambling industry.
The Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla are situated on the North African coast bordering Morocco. As the only land border between Africa and Europe, they draw thousands of Sub-Saharan migrants each year who attempt to reach the cities either by getting over the border fences, or around them by sea. Morocco tightly controls that frontier but sometimes migrants get through. Guy Hedgecoe reports.
On today's programme: Angela Merkel advocates putting "Europe first" - Theresa May's expected landslide in the UK looks shaky – Brexit and expats in Spain - Er Capitano calls its quits - Schools out for summer in Ukraine – Stubbing out in the Czech Republic – A controversial black feminist festival - An agnostic take on the Protestant congress in Wittenberg - Fishy food for thought from Italy.
British nationals living in EU countries remain in a state of flux after the UK voted for Brexit. They currently benefit from the so-called free movement of people within 32 European states as do EU citizens in Britain. As the UK prepares to negotiate its future relationship with the EU around half a million Brits living in Spain can only wait and wonder. Nik Martin reports from the Costa Del Sol.
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