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The Corner has a team of on-the-ground reporters in capital cities ranging from New York to Beijing. Their stories are edited by the teams at the Spanish magazine Consejeros (for members of companies’ boards of directors) and at the stock market news site Consenso Del Mercado (market consensus). They have worked in economics and communication for over 25 years.

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Spain’s regions obtained a “small surplus” in 3Q11, says finance minister Salgado

With a public deficit of €12.87 billion, 1.19% of GDP in the third quarter, the regional governments in Spain would have recorded a small surplus of €192.72 million, according to what the finance vice president Elena Salgado said on Tuesday. More details were reported by the Spanish press. “… The Spanish regions are on the path of deficit reduction,” said Elena Salgado, finance vice president. Her forecast for the full year…


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Spain could raise €200mn from the wealthy’s Swiss accounts

Digital news website El Confidencial on Tuesday published an article about the effect the so-called Rubik Plan would have on the Spanish budget. This is a bilateral agreement to lift banking secrecy in Switzerland, which would allow hidden account holders in the country to pay taxes anonymously in Spain. The conclusion of experts is clear: the amount collected thanks to this measure would barely exceed €200 million, a somewhat tiny…


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Spanish construction firms may replicate in India the Meca-Medina HSR deal

As published on Monday in the Spanish business press, India is planning a 1,800 km high-speed line to alleviate its saturated freight train network, as well as to strengthen the country’s industrial development. The Spanish construction companies OHL, ACS, San José, Isolux, Sacyr, Aldesa and Assignia have all signed several alliances in India in order to bid on this contract. “The Spanish engineering and construction sectors are seeking to replicate in…



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Bankinter: “Germany has too much to lose if the euro breaks down”

By Consenso del Mercado | After the difficulties Germany experienced in placing its bonds last week, it seems to have somehow relaxed its official position and be willing to let the ECB buy the required massive amounts of sovereign debt, even though under certain conditions. In this regard, Spanish Bankinter analysts argue that Germany is the country that would be the least interested in a euro breaking down. Here´s why….


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Distressed assets investors head to Spain for restructuring plans

Rumours of a super-toxic bank have been building up in Spain ever since the conservative People’s Party won the country’s general election by landslide. According to last weekend’s Bloomberg reports, “Spanish Prime Minister-elect Mariano Rajoy has asked for at least two papers from academics on how to create a so-called bad bank, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. “Both proposals outline mechanisms for a state-backed agency to buy soured assets…


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Weekend link fest

A curated selection of links we hope can enlighten us all; some come from our corner, some do from other corners of the net. And as always, our comment widgets are anxious to get your suggestions: We’re not the only ones to be suspicious of Merkozy Give Britain five years and it’ll recover Spain highly leveraged? Check the numbers, will you? If you want to be managing director at Goldman Sachs,…


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Markets force Italy to pay two-year credit at 7.8pc interest rate

By Europa Press | The Italian Treasury on Friday placed €10 billion in two debt auctions, one due at six month and the other at twenty four months. Yet, it has been forced to provide record interests: 6.504% and 7.814%, respectively. Specifically, Italy’s Treasury sold €8 billion in bonds with six-month maturity for which they had to offer a record yield of 6.504%: 84% more than in the previous auction…