In view of very disturbing flare-ups, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced recently that the army will be on hand to help regions track and trace COVID-19 positives. Sanchez admits that the situation is "worrying" but stresses that Spain is nowhere near the height of the pandemic in mid-March.
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European Commission President Charles Michel: “This is a good deal. This is a strong deal. And most importantly, this is the right deal for Europe. We negotiated about money. But, of course, it is about a lot more than money. It is about workers and families, their jobs, their health and their well-being. I believe this agreement will be seen as a pivotal moment in Europe’s journey, but it will also launch us into the future. That is the magic of the European project”
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.”
The State of Alarm is a response to the alarming health situation (COVID-19 pandemic) caused by the coronavirus. It was announced by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez following a 66% increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in just one day (13 March), from 3146 to 5232. Today, Spain is second only to Italy in terms of the number of COVID-19 victims.
In just a decade, the predictable two-party environment in Spain fractured into a wide breadth of parties and ideologies and may never revert to the what-had-once-been. This will certainly make for a more chaotic system, but a more interesting one as well.
Following the rejection by the Parliament of the national budget for 2019 proposed by the socialiat government of Pedro Sanchez, the President called snap election on 28 April. Hot on the campaign trail already, the leftist parties inisist on "dialogue" with separatist Catalonia as the only "commonsensical" solution to the escalating Catalan secessionism while the conservatives vow to "defend Spain from its enemies" by implementing indefinitely the harsh Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. On another plane, the left vows to recover the debilitated welfare state system while the right seeks to implement a liberal economic model.