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Telefónica trims down net financial debt by €1.45 billion with Colombia merger

MADRID | Telefónica reported Monday to the Spanish financial regulator CNMV about the final completion of the merger process of Telefónica Móviles Colombia and Colombia Telecomunicaciones. The joint society will be owned by the Spanish company, which retains a 70 percent participation, and the Colombian State, with the remaining 30 percent. Telefónica explained that at the end of the second quarter of this year, this deal would cut its consolidated…

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Austerity romance: two towns merge in Spain seeking savings breakthrough

MADRID | Cesuras and Oza agreed this week the first merger between towns in Spain. The villages will become one local authority in a decision that was pushed by the need of public spending rationalisation, and that is likely to trigger a municipal restructuring in the region of Galicia. In fact, the president of Galicia’s province of A Coruña, Diego Calvo, admitted there are at least nine other towns currently…