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Economic Recommendations to Spain by European Commission

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a conference hosted by the Financial Times newspaper titled 'Restoring Competitiveness' at the Ritz hotel on Oct. 14, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a conference hosted by the Financial Times newspaper titled 'Restoring Competitiveness' at the Ritz hotel on Oct. 14, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

MADRID—In October 2014, the European Commission (EC) proposed a series of measures for Spain, says its report Country-Specific Recommendations 2014. Among these suggestions, EC stresses...

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  • Fashion designer Oscar De La Renta walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (C) gives a speech at the front door of Carlos III hospital, watched by Madrid Regional President Ignacio Gonzalez (L) and Carlos III hospital manager Rafael Perez Santamarina (R) where nurse Teresa Romero is being treated for the Ebola virus on Oct. 10, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato confirmed nurse Teresa Romero had tested positive after treating two Ebola patients that had been brought back to the country from Africa. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • An Indian squatter smokes as others sleep on rented cots at a public park near Jama Masjid, or the Grand Mosque, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on Oct. 17 and is designated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in the world. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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  • The "Thank you tree", designed by Swedish artist Lasse Åberg, represents a number of trees planted in Africa, and is meant to replace cut flowers as a gift to performers. (Courtesy of Vi Agroforestry)

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  • Curator Timothy Long is silhouetted as he poses for photographers with a Sherlock Holmes style pipe and deerstalker hat beside an internal window forming part of the exhibition "Sherlock Holmes:  The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die" at the Museum of London in London, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Friday, is the largest on the fictional detective created by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to be held in the UK for 60 years  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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  • People carry garbage in downtown Genoa on Oct. 11, 2014, after one person died the day before, when flood waters swept through the city following unexpectedly heavy overnight rain, which caught officials unprepared despite similar deadly floods less than three years ago. One of Genoa's biggest rivers, the Bisagno, burst its banks shortly before midnight after days of heavy rain, sending torrents of muddy water through the streets of the medieval port city, smashing shop windows and sweeping aside cars. (Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A residential complex in Bussy-Saint-Georges, in the Department 77, France. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A herd of bison roam on the Fort Peck Reservation near Poplar, Mont., on April 24, 2012. Native tribes from the US and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of the animals once roamed. Leaders of 11 tribes from Montana and Alberta signed the pact during a daylong ceremony on Montana's Blackfeet Reservation, organizers said. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

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  • PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 23:  Anti-same sex marriage activists of the anti-gay marriage movement 'la Manif pour Tous' protest during a demonstration, a few hours after the French Parliament adopted gay marriage law at the Assemblee Nationale on April 23, 2013 in Paris, France. The bill was approved by a vote in Parliament of 331 to 225. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/ Getty Images)

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  • A stamp celebrating Italian emigration of the past century. The migration continues unabated, thanks to the economic downturn. 
‘Italian Emigration in the World’ says the stamp.(Shutterstock*)

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  • Personal shopper Betty Halbreich at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, on Oct. 3. She tells her story in a new book, “I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style With a Twist,” co-written by Rebecca Paley. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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