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Old May 8th 2009, 8:13 am
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The candidate in the upcoming European elections for the CDL, the Centro Democratico Liberal party, is Sean O'Curneen Cañas, half Irish and half Spanish. Fourth on the list, i.e. in a high enough position to make a difference, is Jacqueline Cotterill, a British long time resident of Spain and currently deputy-mayor of Parcent (Alicante). Jacqueline also works closely with the AUN, the anti property abuse association.
The CDL is the Spanish arm of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which is the Union’s third largest political force, with 100 MEPs, 9 of the 27 EU Commissioners, 5 Prime Ministers, more than 800 elected National MP’s and thousands of Regional and Local councillors.
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Old May 8th 2009, 7:10 pm
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I think that the CDL is a liberal centre party, neither the PP (which supports 'land grab'), nor the PSOE (which likes to knock down Brit houses and has taken away our 'residents cards'). It's a party with a couple of 'Europeans' in it who would understand our concerns living here in Spain and our second-class status generally. Perhaps even do something about it.

However... I never thought... the British Nazi Party... Oh My God Yessss
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the PSOE (which ........ has taken away our 'residents cards').
It seems to me that this is either a misunderstanding or a misrepresentation.

Either way, it doesn't inspire confindence in me.
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Neither.
The Minister of the Interior, Rubalcaba (who took away the Europeans' vote for the local elections of 1995 as Ministro de la Presidencia, despite Felipe Gonzalez' support for the idea - presumably because he thought we'd all vote for the pesky PP), has removed our Residence Cards (Tarjetas de Residencia) with the photo and NIE - so useful for validating a credit card, providing proof of identity and sundry other virtues, in favour of the splendid Green A4.
The splendid green unfoldable A4, to be carried with one's passport at all times, this by the way in the Spanish bit of Europe in 2009, is called the 'Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Union' and carries the useful admonition that 'Aviso - Documento no válido para acreditar la identidad ni la nacionalidad del portador' - i.e. this document is useless without an accompanying passport.
In France or Italy, before we start on how this is a Europe thing, the European residents in those countries have a 'carte de séjour' or 'permesso di soggiorno', depending.
Whether this is a huge step forward or not, it's clear that we need someone to speak up for the 'Displaced Europeans' in Brussels. Neither the PP nor the PSOE have any reason to.
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[QUOTE=Lenox;7555843]Neither.
The Minister of the Interior, Rubalcaba (who took away the Europeans' vote for the local elections of 1995 as Ministro de la Presidencia, despite Felipe Gonzalez' support for the idea - presumably because he thought we'd all vote for the pesky PP), has removed our Residence Cards (Tarjetas de Residencia) with the photo and NIE - so useful for validating a credit card, providing proof of identity and sundry other virtues, in favour of the splendid Green A4.

As I understood it they were responding to some expat organisation that were lobbying for the removal of residence cards.
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Neither.
The Minister of the Interior, Rubalcaba (who took away the Europeans' vote for the local elections of 1995 as Ministro de la Presidencia, despite Felipe Gonzalez' support for the idea - presumably because he thought we'd all vote for the pesky PP), has removed our Residence Cards (Tarjetas de Residencia) with the photo and NIE - so useful for validating a credit card, providing proof of identity and sundry other virtues, in favour of the splendid Green A4.

As I understood it they were responding to some expat organisation that were lobbying for the removal of residence cards.
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I thought it was some kind of pressure from the EU
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I thought it was some kind of pressure from the EU
It was as Graham says a group of expats that complained because it breached our human rights, their website is now defunked.
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Yes - there was pressure from an Alicante site 'The British Expats Association'. They didn't approve of ID cards (very British of 'em). Hence the handy A4 and passport deal.
Odd that Rubalcaba should have cared though...
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It was as Graham says a group of expats that complained because it breached our human rights, their website is now defunked.
Mo it is not we are very sorry to have to report it is alive and on line.........http://www.ukgovabusesexpats.co.uk/

other information (in Spanish)
http://www.mir.es/SGACAVT/extranje/ciudadanos_UE/
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Yes - there was pressure from an Alicante site 'The British Expats Association'. They didn't approve of ID cards (very British of 'em).
This Jaqueline Cotterill you mention as being deputy mayor of a place in Alicante - I don't suppose she was associated with these Alicante expats?
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The words 'Liberal' and 'Democrat' fill me with almost as much dread as the acronym 'PSOE'. A floating voter here which is something I thought I would never be.

I hope it's not going to have to be the tree-hugging, anorak wearing Greens!
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Not related.
It comes down to what we think of ourselves as being. Brits living abroad with British rights (is that a gunboat...?) or Europeans with European rights.
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Updates, really. The CDL candidate now has a webpage in English - at Sean O'Curneen and a second party, the UCyD, has put a Northern European resident on their list (albeit at 29th which makes the person just cannon-fodder). See here.
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