Thursday, April 26, 2012

Eurozone: economic confidence falls further in April

The index developed by the European Commission reveals that confidence fell in April to 92.8 points from 94.5 in March. It is the lowest level since last November. The data is worse than expected by the market.Among the large Member States, confidence deteriorated a lot in Italy (-5.7 points) followed by Poland (-2.3), Spain (-1.8) and Germany (-1.0)Stayed almost stable in France (-0.4 points) and improved in the Netherlands (+1.2) and especially in the UK (+4.2). The economic sentiment indicator stays above its long-term average in only Germany.
The fall has been generalized all economic sectors.
And the commission said only improved confidence in the retail sector.
Jon Mikel Cruz

Friday, April 20, 2012


We are spending our last days in Slovenia in Maribor. We took the train in Brezice on Thursday to go to Maribor. We arrived at 5:30 p.m. to Maribor Train Station.

We're visiting some places and buying the last souvenirs for our family before we return to our country.

Erik Rios Salazar

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Today we started our day at 7:30 a.m. in front of the school. There we took the bus to go to the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. We arrived to Slovenia and the first visit, was the visit to the Castle. We spend all the morning visiting the castle, because first to go up to the top of the castle, you have to take a little elevator.

When we finished the visit to the Castle, we did a tour around the city. The Market, the Dragon, the bridge... After this visit to Ljubljana we took the bus again to go to Bled.

In Bled we visited the lake and we had some free time to explore the area by ourselves. Then, after took a coffee, we took the bus again to return to Brezice.

Erik Rios Salazar

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Today we present our projects and presentations in front of the rest of the pupils. The first ones were the Slovenian students. We were the second ones doing the presentation. We were very nervous, but finally we do it well! The third ones were the Croatian students and the Polish students; and to finish it the Turkish people.

After the presentations, we visited the school with the Slovenian students. To finish our morning in the school we played a game, and after then we went to the school canteen to have lunch.

At the afternoon we visited the city of Brezice. We visited the City Hall and a castle. And now, we are preparing because now we have the welcome dinner with all the students who participate in the project.

Erik Rios Salazar

Monday, April 16, 2012


Today was our first day in Slovenia. First, we went to the school at 11:00 a.m. to meet with the rest of the students of the project. The director of the school presents himself and the rest of the teachers and the school, as an introduction.

We were there Basque, Slovenian, Croatian & Turkish students. After this first meeting and introductions we took a bus to go to Postojna to visit a cave.

The cave was really amazing. First, we took as a little train, and after ten minutes in the train we left it and we started walking visiting the cave ourselves with a tour guide. It was impressive and marbellous!

To finish the day we had something to eat, and we took the bus to return to Brezice.

Erik Rios Salazar


We arrived on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to Zagreb airport. After living our luggage at the luggage locker, we went for a walk around the capital of Croatia.

Some of us known the city, so we decided to do a little tour to show the city to the rest of the pupils who didn't know it. We went for a walk around the Old Part, the Parliament, the City Hall, and some shops.

At 9:00 p.m. we come back to the train station to take our luggage and to take a bus to go to Slovenia. We arrived to Brezice at 10:00 p.m. perfect hour to have dinner and to finish our presentations for Tuesday.

Erik Rios Salazar

Friday, April 13, 2012

China economic growth expected to dip to three-year low

China is expected to report its weakest growth numbers in almost three years later on Friday as global and domestic issues hurt its economy. Analysts have forecast an average annual growth rate of 8.3% for the first quarter, down from 8.9% in the previous three months.

On Thursday, the World Bank warned that China's economy may slow further in the coming months.

"China's gradual slowdown is expected to continue into 2012, as consumption growth slows somewhat, investment growth decelerates more pronouncedly and external demand remains weak," said Ardo Hansson, the World Bank's lead economist for China.

The bank cut its growth outlook for the Chinese economy for 2012 to 8.2% from its earlier projection of 8.4%. It cautioned that a slowdown in Beijing's key export markets and "the ongoing correction in China's property markets" were key risks to growth in the future.

The rise in property and consumer prices in the country has been the focus of China's policymakers over the past few months. The central bank has taken various measures to curb lending in an attempt to control consumer price growth and keep property prices in check.

The rate of inflation, which hit a three-year high of 6.5% in July last year, has since slowed down. Consumer prices in March rose by 3.6% from a year earlier, lower than the government's target of 4% for the year.

At the same time, property prices have fallen for a five consecutive months, easing concerns about the formation of asset bubbles.

However, analysts said that while the government's policies had yielded positive results, authorities needed to ensure that they maintained a balance between sustaining growth and keeping prices in check.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

GOEM - GO ON AND EMPLOY ME - 4rd day in San Sebastian, WEDNESDAY

We got together at 9:00am to caught the bus and went to Bilbao to spent the day.

Bilbao, is the capital of the province of Biscay in the autonomous community of the Basque Country and is quite near of San Sebastian. Throughout the 90 century, Bilbo experienced heavy industrialization that made it the centre of the second industrialized region of Spain, behind Barcelona. Nowadays, Bilbo is a vigorous service city that is experiencing social, economic and aesthetic revitalization process, started by the symbolic Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and continued by infrastructure investments, such as the airport terminal, the rapid transit system, the tram line...

We spent a nice day visiting the city accompanied by some students of Bilbao that made us touristic tour. The sun was shining and we could enjoy the charm of the city.

We arrived to San Sebastian at 6pm and after have a shower and pick up a bit the suitcases we went to the last few shopping. Them, we went to eat some "pintxos" and we went to the hotel or house early.

Jon Mikel & Nerea