After adopting the euro, the Spanish economy initially benefited from sharply lower interest rates, spurring a property bubble. However, with the onset of the global financial crisis, property prices collapsed, causing widespread layoffs, and pushing unemployment to more than 26 per cent by the end of 2012. Spain received a bank bailout from the European Central Bank in 2012. 

Spain starts to sparkle once again

The rain may still be falling on Spain's beleaguered property market, but it seems that overseas buyers are prepared to wade in for a bargain.

Wednesday, 7 March, 2012, 12:00am


Most white wines appear similar, ranging in colour from pale lemon to deep gold. However, a sniff and a taste reveal a range of flavours.


The British novelist and playwright John Mortimer famously said of champagne, 'I drink it every morning, and that is the secret of a long life,' shortly before his death in 2009 at the age of 85.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hitting the limit

Rory McIlroy's long march across China over the past few weeks might still cost him his first UBS Hong Kong Open crown after the tired superstar reached the halfway stage hanging on to the lead.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


The world's second-largest producer, Spain has been better known for the high volume rather than the high quality of wine it produces. This is changing - international wine critic Robert Parker has pointed to Spain as a rising star with innovative wines. For the wine lover, Spain still provides good quality and value for money.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Go for the goals as England take on mighty Spain

Two of the early stars of the Premier League season will be out to show their skills to an English audience tonight, but this time David Silva and Juan Mata will be performing for Spain, not their multi-national clubs, in the friendly against England at Wembley.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK students dominate world toy competition

Students from Hong Kong Polytechnic University have won first prize and the Jury's Special Recognition Award at the 7th International Toy Design Competition, in Spain, organised by the Spanish Toy Research Institute.

Students from 37 countries, including exchange students from the United States, Canada and mainland China, took part n the competition.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

SPAIN reigns

For a country in the financial pages for the wrong reasons, Spain remains popular with investors who love what the beautiful country has to offer. While the Bank of Spain predicts a further 10 per cent drop before the property market stabilises, some believe prices have bottomed out.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Market slide leaves glut of new homes

The Spanish real estate slump was one of the worst on record and, to date, private-equity investors, property analysts and even Spain's prime minister agree that the decline in the country's economy and weakening of the property market isn't over yet.

24 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Officials receive fake pictures in blackmail bid

Police are investigating blackmail attempts on at least 18 government officials and celebrities, who received letters containing photographs of them in compromising sexual positions.

The pictures were said to be manipulated and obvious fakes.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Michelin-star chef serious about his Spanish tapas, but can't get enough of dim sum

For Spanish Michelin-star chef Alejandro Sanchez, tapas in Spain is like dim sum in Hong Kong.

24 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Putting the fun back into business

When Lex Keijser says the best way to learn the fashion business is from the ground up, he speaks with the voice of experience.

11 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Stay in touch to avoid financial predators

We have been reminded too often in the past decade that there are many ways to lose one's savings, like putting everything in one basket (the employees who kept their wealth in Enron shares), or giving it to just one investment manager (like Madoff).

31 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

iPad to go on sale in HK on Friday

20 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

A World Cup denied to many viewers

After a two-year qualifying process involving 204 nations, and another month of almost non-stop football, there was poetic justice. For it was Spain, a team admired for its commitment to a collective brand of soccer, and winner of the fair play award, which won the World Cup.

14 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Herd mentality

Just before 8am, a small shrine to St Fermin is set up in a wall and everyone starts chanting and waving rolled-up newspapers, asking the 12th-century saint to keep them safe. The sun breaks over the tops of the narrow streets as I hear the first fireworks go off. Everyone starts running.

7 Jul 2010 - 12:00am