Cafeneon, the friendly heart of Greek society

It’s easy to feel a little isolated as a new arrival in a foreign land. But just as you might advise a newcomer to Britain to pop down their local and get chatting at the bar, so in Greece the café is the place to make friends and watch the day go by. If I had to name... read more

Italy clamps down on AirBnb tax avoiders

The Italian government aims to collect your income tax on short term rentals from the agency that takes the holiday booking. It has become very popular for homeowners in Italy to offer short term rentals to help cover their household bills. Whether you have a spare... read more

The Greek escape: could you do a Durrell?

TV hit The Durrells has returned to Sunday nights. This warm-hearted tale of a family leaving England for Greece in the 1930s stars Keeley Hawes as the impoverished widow who takes her family to Corfu. The Durrells couldn’t afford to live well in England and believed... read more

News from Spain

It’s good news from Spain as tourist numbers and the welcome to visitors hit new heights, while unemployment and taxes fall. The end of Spanish austerity? The Spanish government says that unemployment should fall to 16.6% by the end of this year. Just three years ago... read more

Australian visa change: should you be worried?

By doing away with the controversial “457 visa” program for temporary skilled migrants and raising the importance of the need to speak English, the Australian government could help British people seeking a new life in Australia. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm... read more
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