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ShowIntroduction :: SPAIN Panel - Collapsed Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has focused on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

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Espagne principaux Indicateurs économiques (p) Prévisions Effort de réforme (marché du travail, secteur bancaire, insolvabilité, …) Regain de compétitivité et renforcement des secteurs exportateurs Amélioration de la situation financière des entreprises Infrastructures de qualité Important potentiel touristique Dettes privée et publique encore élevées, position extérieure nette très négative Dualité du marché du travail, chômage structurel élevé Contingent important de petites entreprises peu productives Unité du pays fragilisée par la poussée indépendantiste

Spain 360 Expert eLearning platform. The Tourist Offices of Spain in the USA have unveiled a new E-learning platform geared toward travel professionals as well as individual travelers with an interest in Spain: Spain 360 Expert. The first course in the platform, the Spain Specialist Certification program, features ten interactive lessons beginning a general overview and progressing to more specific information related to its regions, its cultural highlights, cuisine, transportation, primary and lesser-known destinations, and more. Countries Member countries of the EU (year of entry) The European Union has 28 member countries: On the road to EU membership Where to go in Spain? In this section we recommend you some places worth visiting. If you are planning your trip to Spain and you haven't decided yet where to go, you may find good ideas for your destination in this section. Here is our selection of best sites in Spain: Main cities:The larger Spanish cities are Madrid, capital city of the country, and Barcelona, in Catalonia. Madrid is the capital of Spain, seat to the administration and government of the country.

The history of the European Union The Founding Fathers of the EU The following visionary leaders inspired the creation of the European Union we live in today. Without their energy and motivation we would not be living in the sphere of peace and stability that we take for granted.

Spain - Embassy of the United States A safe trip abroad The Department of State has prepared some useful tips for enjoying a safe trip abroad. This includes Country Specific Information on virtually every country in the world, Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings.

W02 Writing Strategy Language Experience Approach Strategy Number W02 Procedures Teacher starts discussion/review of a previous learning from the content read. Teacher introduces writing activity focusing on the specific skills needed. These skills include sounds and letters, vocabulary, spelling, grammar and usage, subject-verb agreement, verbs, tenses, pronouns, possessives, contractions, etc. Unlike Elsewhere In Europe, The Far Right In Spain Stays On The Fringe : Parallels Concrete apartment blocks line a street in San Cristóbal de los Ángeles, a southern suburb of Madrid. Even though Spain has experienced an economic crash and an influx of immigrants, and there's widespread distrust of politicians, no far-right movement has sprung up. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption toggle caption Lauren Frayer/NPR Concrete apartment blocks line a street in San Cristóbal de los Ángeles, a southern suburb of Madrid.

The History of the European Union The historical roots of the European Union lie in the Second World War. Europeans are determined to prevent such killing and destruction ever happening again. Soon after the war, Europe is split into East and West as the 40-year-long Cold War begins. Popular festivities in Seville, Spain: April Fair in Spain For one week life in Seville revolves around this fiesta. The music, food, dancing and general joy create a very special atmosphere. The April Fair is one of the most international and popular of Seville’s fiestas.

Why are Mediterranean diets so healthy? There has been a lot of talk recently about whether fat or sugar is the worst offender when it comes to our diets. But by focusing on individual dietary components it’s easy to miss the bigger picture. While it’s important to understand how different foods and nutrients affect our health, a whole diet approach offers a more helpful way of looking at our eating habits and choices. What is a Mediterranean diet? Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7 - The Local Spain has been chosen yet again as the location for scenes in Game of Thrones season 7 with filming starting in October. The Local takes a look at the special places chosen for the next episodes in the epic HBO drama. Filming is set to start in Spain from October with some exact filming locations still under wraps to avoid leaks that might give away a plotline. Three regions of Spain will host Game of Thrones crews during October, November and December from the wind-swept Atlantic beachs of the north to impressive castles and Roman ruins of the west and south.

Everyone loves Spain: Tourist numbers break new record - The Local 2016 is set to be a record breaking year for tourism. Photo: AFP More than 10 million tourists visited Spain in August, setting a new record for visitor numbers. A total of 10.1 million foreign visitors came to Spain during August, according to figures released by Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) on Friday marking a monthly record and an increase of 5.8 percent from August last year. The first eight months of 2016 saw more than 52.5 million tourists have visited Spain, an increase of 10 percent from the same period in 2015.

Flamenco skate tour of Andalucia, Spain Andalucia is the birthplace of the evocative sound and passion of flamenco. It also happens to be home to many cities with abundant skatespots and good weather which makes it ideal for skating in winter. Many of these cities have been toured by international brands, but Andalucia still holds many secrets. The most important cities for flamenco are Jerez de la Frontera, Seville and Cadiz. All of them are really good for skating too, so we decided to take advantage of this synchronicity to organise a skate tour of this hidden Spain with some skaters that understand both worlds.