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Vince and Neil Colbourne take a cynical and practical look at the news in UK and Spain

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Vince and Neil Colbourne take a cynical and practical look at the news in UK and Spain

    Emeritus King of Spain-What Next?

    Emeritus King of Spain-What Next?

    In the end, it took a personal meeting between father and son to get the stalled talks back on track. As one source familiar with the matter described it: “There were no good solutions, just less bad ones.” For Juan Carlos I, his red line was preserving his honorary title of emeritus king, which was bestowed upon him in June 2014, a few days before abdicating the throne. For Felipe VI, the goal was to get his father to voluntarily accept a solution, instead of having to impose one on him. As for the best way to break the news to Spanish public opinion, it was agreed that Juan Carlos I would write a letter to his son and that this letter would be shared by the royal household.

    Spain's Tourism Taking a Hammering

    Spain's Tourism Taking a Hammering

    The number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in Spain, with 1,525 new infections detected in 24 hours on Friday – the highest figure since the end of the lockdown period. The surge in cases has sparked concern in Europe, leading several countries, including France and Germany, to recommend against travel to the Spanish regions most affected by the outbreaks. In other news, Gibraltarian authorities have been seeking a formula that will allow the British Overseas Territory to retain ties to the European Union, The Rock could possibly join the customs union or the Schengen Area.

    Bad News for Tourism

    Bad News for Tourism

    Ministers decided to reimpose quarantine travel restrictions on Spain after it emerged 10 Britons had returned from the country with coronavirus and Professor Chris Whitty said 'doing nothing isn't an option'. In the UK...... As a nation, we have lost any sense of personal responsibility for our health. People are affronted at the mere suggestion that they might be to blame for their bulk. They castigate ministers for mismangement and underfunding of the NHS, yet political meddling is nothing compared with the ruination the health system faces because of the overweight.

    Ominous Rumblings....

    Ominous Rumblings....

    A beach in Barcelona, a wedding in Tudela and a Red Cross centre in Malaga are among the places where new clusters of cases have been found in recent weeks.Dinner parties, sports events and a summer language school have also been affected by virus outbreaks in a setback to Spain's efforts to resume normal life after one of the world's strictest lockdowns.

    This New Normal isn't really Normal

    This New Normal isn't really Normal

    Portugal has registered a surge in newCovid-19cases today, with more than 328 more infections diagnosed on Sunday, according to the Portuguese health authority. Nearly 30 Costa del Sol beaches had to turn visitors away at the busiest times of the day on Sunday in resorts including Benalmadena Beaches in Malaga were also forced to reduce the number of visitors in order to ensure social distancing.. Britons returned to pubs and bars across parts of the UK, including London's Soho, Liverpool and Manchester, today to enjoy a pint in the sunshine after new regulations allowing pubs in England to reopen came into force yesterday.

    Spain Urges Caution

    Spain Urges Caution

    in other news, a new study published in Nature has found that the coronavirus lockdown measures may have saved 450,000 lives in Spain. Spain’s Ministry of Health has confirmed that around 60% of Spain’s current Covid-19 cases have been imported.

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