"The European Union faces the risk of further gas supply cuts from Russia, due to the Kremlin's weaponisation of gas exports, with almost half of our Member States already affected by reduced deliveries. Taking action now can reduce both the risk and the costs for Europe in case of further or full disruption, strengthening European energy resilience." Accordingly, the European Commission has proposed a gas-demand reduction plan to prepare EU for supply cuts.
75% of Spaniards stay connected with their work outside working hours. Moreover, while one would presume that inherent to the right to a vacation is the tuning out of one’s daily cares, especially work-related ones, this is not the whole truth. In summer, when vacation fun is the top priority, there are that 25% of the Spanish workforce who simply can't and won’t ignore intrusive emails and corporate calls.
“'The Madrid of the Future'” is a subject which I prefer not to contemplate until I have lowered several stiff slugs of coñac. As the oldest surviving foreign resident in the Spanish capital, I´ve seen some horrific changes here, man, boy and fossil. When I first arrived, the wheel hasn't been invented yet but come 2001 and the whole peninsula will be undermined by 100 layers of underground car parks. The Moorish tourists demanded hot and cold running fountains, and the good old Las Ventas Plaza de Toros is slated to become the Monumental Platillo Volante de Toros. . . "
To state the obvious, the international mobility of people and goods has been severely impacted by pandemic restrictions. But while international travel restrictions have helped delay or reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to some degree, they have caused societal and economic disruption and impacted untold number of lives. The resumption of safe international travel is an important step toward normality.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien: "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." So serve up Escallops of Veal a la Madrileña, Chicken and Lobster Costa Brava, and Duck with Olives.
One of the first things Dr. Jill Biden, did when she landed in Madrid to be with her husband for the NATO Summit was to shop for alpargatas, the typical summer footwear once worn only by peasants. Somehow that endeared her to the Spaniards and she's just about to end up being looked upon as some kind of instant folk hero! The First Lady got off on the right foot, didn't she?
"NATO Leaders are meeting in Madrid at a pivotal time for our security. Russia's war against Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe, caused far-reaching energy and food crises, and shaken the rules-based international order. NATO's response has been swift and united. . . At the Madrid Summit, the Alliance will address other challenges, like China’s coercive policies or the security consequences of climate change. It will continue to adapt to a changing world and keep its one billion people safe."
One might understandably take it for granted that in Spain, reputed to be a country where National Catholicism was a dominant part of its ideological identity not so very long ago, cohabitation, divorce, and children outside of marriage are rare. Surprisingly, there’s nothing further from the truth.
If you are not careful, you’ll miss spring in Spain altogether and spend most of your life wondering how you did it. It’s not hard, because the meteorological border is pretty indefinite; one day it is a dull, cold, rainy winter day and POW… suddenly it’s summer. There are ways to catch it though, and it all depends on how much attention you pay and where you are in the very changeable land of Spain.