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Does Spain have freedom of speech?

Insight into M.D. and Others v. Spain – How Does The Court Determine When Investigative Journalism Becomes a Violation of One´s Privacy? The 2014 case, M.D. and Others v. Spain, was seminal for illuminating the dichotomy between the rights of an individual and the rights of a published journalist. This article will explain the alleged violations by the applicants and demonstrate how the Court decides on whether a right has been violated, considering a person´s private life under both the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Spanish Constitution.   Table of Contents Background of the Case Violation of Article 8 –...

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Do I pay tax on money gifted to me from abroad?

Many wonder when and how much they will be taxed when transferring money or donating. A common misconception is that taxes only need to be paid on money transfers over 3000 €; however, that is not the case as all donations or transfers are taxable, no matter how big or small. Donation Defined Section 618 of the Spanish Civil Code defines a donation as “…an act of liberality through which a person freely provides money or goods to the favor of another person, who in turn accepts.” Essentially, under Spanish law, when a person gives away a sum of money or item...

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Pet custody laws in Spain

As nearly half of Spanish households have a pet, it is important to recognize the importance of special bonds created between the animal and the people who live with it. Such an affective bond develops feelings of empathy and respect; however, the affective bond does not prevent that, in situations of family crisis, pets can be used as a throwing weapon, either to do harm, or to blackmail, because when one member of the couple stays with the pet, the other experiences loss, often mourning or suffering. History of the Law Typically, courts have been hesitant to grant legal protection for the...

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Flight delays in Spain

How do I sue an airline? Recently, there has been an abundance of cancelled flights and chaos within many of the major airports within Europe and the UK. In particular, Spanish airports have been overburdened with a surplus of passengers due to the shortage of staff. The Local (es) news explained that about 15,000 passengers missed their connections at Madrid´s Barjas airport since March - which has caused further issues regarding the exceeded capacity within the terminals, and in many cases, it has forced flights to either suffer delays or take-off with a half empty aircraft. Impact of Brexit The influx of Spanish...

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Surrogacy in Spain

Why is surrogacy illegal in Spain? Surrogacy is process in which a hired woman carries a baby for a couple who are unable to conceive or carry a child for themselves – due to medical, physical, or personal reasons. There are two types of surrogacies which make the law controversial. In a traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is genetically related to the baby, via artificial insemination, which makes the surrogate mother the baby´s biological mother. Conversely, in host surrogacies, the more common type, an in vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF) is used so that the host´s eggs are not part of the process...

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Considering a master’s degree in Spain? Here’s what you need to know.

Choosing where to obtain a master’s degree can be difficult, and often daunting, when faced with the decision of where to study outside of your home country. In this article, we will provide anyone considering studying in Spain with all the knowledge and tools necessary to begin formulating your decision and understand the process that you will be required to complete in order to study here.   Contents: Should I do a master’s degree in Spain? How much does a master's degree in Spain cost? How do master’s courses work in Spain? How to apply for a master’s in Spain? What visa...

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