The six news you should know today, Friday, December 11


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1. The euthanasia law opens the door for it to be practiced in nursing homes. The proposed organic law to regulate euthanasia will open the door for the “provision of the right to die” to also be carried out in homes for the elderly or in social and health centers, after the parties of the Government coalition presented this Thursday a Transactional amendment with ERC, Bildu, Más País, BNG and Junts per Cat. Until this Thursday the articles of the law established that this “new benefit” of the National Health System could be carried out in “public, private or subsidized health centers, and at the private home ». But with the approval of this new amendment – by 22 votes in favor and 14 against -, the right to die may be given at the “home” simply, leaving open the interpretation as to whether that term also includes nursing homes or other type of centers where patients usually reside for long periods of time.

2. The Government denies transfers to the Peninsula but since October 27 immigrants arrive a day. The Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, now says, adding to the official discourse of the Government, that the transfers of irregular immigrants from the Canary Islands to the Peninsula are “punctual”. If his speech were accepted, one could go a step further and specify that, specifically, there are 27 “specific” cases a day, since since October 1, on average, that number of “without papers” have arrived each day. So far this year, the Ministry of the Interior, which yesterday assured that “it does not organize or finance transfers, neither in the past nor at present”, has executed 2,200 shipments from the archipelago to the Peninsula. However, 253 were carried out before October 1, according to the calculations of the Ministry of Migration. Since then, 71 days have passed, the hardest of this migratory crisis in the Canary Islands, in which the Government has transferred 1,947 irregular immigrants to places like Valencia, Granada or Barcelona, ​​among others. Or what is the same, 27 a day.

3. The Government hid more than a third of Covid victims in the first wave. Pedro Sánchez has never recognized the real number of deaths during the pandemic in Spain. The Prime Minister has refused to admit that the deaths in the first wave, when the sole command corresponded exclusively to the Government, were many more than those who were communicating. Now, the National Institute of Statistics (INE) has exposed the falsity of the official data and has confirmed that between March and May a total of 45,684 people died from Covid-19 in our country, 18,557 more than those recognized by the Executive. It is thus verified that the Government hid 40.6 percent of the fatalities of the coronavirus. From the beginning of the pandemic there were voices that warned that the official figure was too low, but the Government turned a deaf ear.

4. The Government polishes the veto on evictions due to the foreseeable flood of lawsuits. The Government has entered a swampy terrain with the prohibition of evictions, which can unleash a real judicial war between the real estate companies and the Executive. Four ministries are looking for the formula so that the decree that will articulate the initiative is not unconstitutional. Hard and technical work that is delaying the approval of the future standard. The initial idea of ​​the vice president of social affairs, Pablo Iglesias, was to carry out the decree this week. This was transmitted on November 26, when he announced that the Executive would prohibit evictions “within two weeks.” The announcement, according to government sources, surprised the other ministries involved in the measure – Transport, Economy and Justice – all aware of the technical ins and outs involved in carrying out an initiative of this magnitude.

5. Don Juan Carlos seeks a discreet return so as not to harm his son. The announced return of Don Juan Carlos to Spain, after his self-exile in Abu Dhabi and the payment of 678,000 euros to the Treasury, threatens to end the four months in which the King has been able to exercise his functions with relative calm. While Don Juan Carlos has remained in the Emirates, Don Felipe has tried to rebuild the image of the Crown and counteract the damage caused by his father’s judicial affairs. However, the return of the King alters that normality, and Don Juan Carlos knows it. For this reason, sources close to the previous Monarch assure that their intention is to seek a discreet return so that their presence does not harm the Crown any more. One of the most sensitive questions is where Don Juan Carlos will settle during his stay in Madrid, if he finally manages to return, as is his wish.

6. Madrid, the most fiscally competitive community; Catalonia, the worst. Madrid has become the most fiscally competitive autonomous community in 2020 after surpassing the Basque provinces. The capital thus leads the tax competitiveness index, a publication produced by the Foundation for the Advancement of Freedom (Fundalib) together with the Tax Foundation of the United States, and which takes into account both the regional sections of large taxes, such as the taxes ceded in full to the communities and the additional taxes established by each autonomous community. Along with Madrid, at the top of this index are Vizcaya, Álava and Guipúzcoa, and the Canary Islands. Just at the opposite end, in the caboose, are Aragon, Asturias and Catalonia. The latter is the region with the worst score.

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