With the seven-day rolling average of Covid-19 cases above 20,000 and 55,000 new cases registered over the weekend, Spain remains one of the few countries in Western Europe not to have introduced some sort of nationwide lockdown.… Read the rest
Yesterday, 8 October, a regional court ruled against the recent restrictions introduced in the Madrid region to contain the resurgence in Covid-19 cases. As a result, the central government has declared today the state of emergency for the region.… Read the rest
Despite the ongoing surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE)-Unidas Podemos government is unlikely to re-impose a nationwide lockdown anytime soon. As previously explained, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will continue letting the regions manage the pandemic, so that they assume the political costs of implementing unpopular measures.… Read the rest
The controversy surrounding the exit of former King Juan Carlos I from the country last week has generated some tensions between the ruling Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and Unidas Podemos. It is highly unlikely that the frictions between the two parties will lead to the demise of the government, however, given that Podemos would be obliterated in new elections.… Read the rest
The rising number of Covid-19 infections in recent days is highlighting the regional authorities’ challenges in tackling new outbreaks. However, the central government is unlikely to reimpose a nationwide lockdown anytime soon, given the existing economic pressures.… Read the rest
As expected, last Sunday’s elections in the Galicia and Basque Country regions returned resounding victories for the center-right incumbents. Despite the poor results of the Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and Unidas Podemos, the regional polls are likely to have a limited impact on the ruling coalition, however.… Read the rest
The elections taking place this Sunday, 12 July, in the Galicia and Basque Country regions – the first to take place in the Covid-19 era – are unlikely to have a significant impact on national politics.… Read the rest
- The government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will obtain a large majority in parliament on 3 June to approve the sixth and last 15-day extension of the state of emergency.
- Absent a significant rebound in Covid-19 infections, the next signpost for the minority government will be the 2021 budget to be presented in September.
This piece provides an updated overview of the lockdown exit strategies currently being implemented by selected European governments, and the surrounding politics. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss any of the countries mentioned in more detail.… Read the rest