Fasting was more than fear. Even in the most prudent Spain the time has come for the government to reassure the strategic sectors most proven by ibernacin, the freezing of all activities: airlines, tourism, catering and football. 70 days stiff. Tomorrow bars and restaurants reopen, the football championship starts again on 8 June (albeit behind closed doors) and, in July, go-ahead for foreign visitors, with no more obligation to quarantine, but – President of the government Pedro Snchez promised yesterday – safely.
In the tunnel of the health emergency, as well as in the gradual restart of the country, Madrid followed in the footsteps of Rome after 7-10 days. But still last Thursday, the steps of the Italian premier, Giuseppe Conte, seemed to his Spanish counterpart somewhat hasty.
Until Spanish tour operators have raised their voices: the major international travel organizations are directing their customers towards Italy (which reopens on June 3), Greece (July 1) and Portugal, one of the least affected countries coronavirus and therefore less barricaded in Europe. Even Austria, while keeping Brenner closed to its citizens, opens a corridor to the Germans bound for Italy.
To Spain, confined and uncertain, are likely to remain crumbs of its annual wealth of 80 million guests, equivalent to 12% of GDP: The tourist season will be there this summer – the President of the Council was quick to guarantee yesterday -. Foreign travelers can now plan their holidays in Spain. And it wouldn’t be bad, he insisted, even if the Spaniards chose national shores this year. The number of new infections (361) and that of the dead (48 in the last 24 hours) are decreasing, but the clouds of an opposition gather on the right side of Moncloa, which feeds popular exasperation. The Partido popular, institutional opponent of the PSOE, has removed all external support and Vox’s far right sees a breach in the situation to give some force to the red-purple government (socialists and Unidas Podemos).
On Wednesday Snchez emerged from Parliament (for 177 votes to 162) a further two-week extension of the state of emergency which, at this point, should end on June 7th. To stay afloat, the prime minister had to negotiate with the Basque radical separatists of Eh Bildu and now tries to recover less uncomfortable allies.
Yesterday, in formal compliance with the anti Covid rules, Vox organized an automotive carousel on the streets of Madrid, invoking the resignation of Snchez, accused of having reacted late to the attack of the virus and, now, to stem the economic disaster. Many protesters joined the thousands of cars on foot that blocked the capital and other cities; and the safety distances are skipped.
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