You’re an expat in Spain who intends to vote in the upcoming November 2020 elections? Here’s an important how-to straight from the ultimate authority on the matter.
The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Summer 2020 Economic Forecast projects that the euro area economy will contract by 8.7% in 2020 and grow by 6.1% in 2021. The EU economy is forecast to contract by 8.3% in 2020 and grow by 5.8% in 2021. Early data for May and June suggest that the worst may have passed. The recovery is expected to gain traction in the second half of the year, albeit remaining incomplete and uneven across Member States.
Bastille Day, July 14, marks the day at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Soon after, the French people gave the Marquis de Lafayette, who had helped the United States gain independence from Great Britain, the key to the Bastille as a gesture of good faith, entrusting him to protect France’s newly won liberties. Lafayette, a good friend of George Washington, sent Washington the key in 1790 on behalf of the French people, to solidify the two countries’ friendship.
Monday, the 6th of July 2020. If this were any ordinary year, the plaza of Pamplona would have been packed to the rafters with excited Spaniards and foreign tourists who couldn’t wait to celebrate the chupinazo and kick off the sanfermines. But this is no ordinary year. It is one of the five times when Pamplona’s festival of running the bulls has been cancelled in its long history.
Since 18 February 2020, Madrid folk can go up and down Gran Via on Bus 001 of the Zero Line free! You get to pass stunning avenues along the way. You get another free ride on Bus 002. 002 is dubbed the slowest bus in the nation’s capital, its tortous but historic and titillating route being narrow streets.
“We are sorry not to host a 4th of July celebration given the presence of COVID-19. But the 4th is an important day during which we celebrate the incredible foundation and values of our country. As summer is upon us, please enjoy any vacation time keeping safe and healthy. We will be back in the fall.”
Temples of the art are waiting for you now that the lockdown is a thing of the past! (Hope it doesn’t get restored ever.)
Earlier this month France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands joined forces to form the Inclusive Vaccine Alliance, in order to have a stronger negotiating position in the race for a coronavirus vaccine. All EU member states will have the opportunity to sign up to the deal, under the same conditions as the
alliance members. But something might go wrong at the last minute and production might just end up where all pipe dreams go — down the drain!
Economists Moritz Kuhn, Moritz Schularick and Ulrike I. Steins: “Historical data reveal that no progress has been made in reducing income and wealth inequalities between black and white households over the past 70 years.”
PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: “The great wave of the pandemic has now passed and all of Spain has gained a firm foothold in the transition towards the new normality. The light is clearer and we can now see light at the end of the tunnel.”