Spain's King Juan Carlos and his family are to take a pay cut following a recent bitterly contested cut to public sector wages, the royal palace says. The king will lose 20,900 euros (£16,400; $25,660) from his salary of just over 292,000 euros for the year - a cut of 7.1%. In total, the 8.3m euro royal budget will be cut by 100,000 euros in 2012. Public sector workers have been outraged by a recent announcement that Christmas bonuses are to go. The bonuses saw public sector workers paid double their usual salaries in December, and their removal equates to a cut of about 7%.Read more »
Now that Mark and Ian have fervently fearmongered with their scathing report about the UK heath care system and for the record, I have zillions of Brit friends and this that article was not the norm. So, please provide another viewpoint please because Americans are not getting a fair perspective and will end up rejecting anything that even resembles socialized medicine based on false info. There is a 4 minute radio clip from NPR you can play on the air. Thanx, luv you! Signed ApocaLisaNow.Read more »
Spain's high-class escorts are refusing to have sex with the nation's bankers until they open up credit lines to cash-strapped families and firms. Madrid's top-end prostitutes say their indefinite strike will continue until bank employees start offering bigger loans for struggling Spaniards.Read more »
Luis Vega is on a mission to meet every man born in Madrid, Spain on Nov. 20, 1977. That's the day doctors told him that his baby son was stillborn, but he and his wife, Ines, believe their child was in fact stolen from the hospital.
“We have a son somewhere out there,” Luis Vega said.
The Vega family isn’t alone in believing their child was stolen. This year, more than a thousand families have come forward with claims that they were victims of baby trafficking committed by a variety of networks from the 1940s until as recently as the early 1990s.Read more »
Escalation of the situation in Europe:
"Lately, there seems to have been a pullback in EU elite ambitions, a cessation of confidence in the idea that Eurocrats could slam their collective, Orwellian boot endlessly in the face of a resentful populace. [...] If Spain goes, so goes the EU – and we will gladly wave it goodbye. One more dreadful, authoritarian celebration to pile on the junk heap."
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