1. Almost 90,000 Sánchez voters in the general elections now opt for Ayuso. One of the keys to the rise of Isabel Díaz Ayuso in the polls is that it has brought together the vote of a good part of the center-right, but also of a part of the moderate left that has distanced itself from the policies of Pedro Sánchez. According to the data of the latest GAD3 barometer carried out for ABC, about 90,000 Madrilenians who voted for the PSOE in the last general elections, in November 2019, would now opt for the PP candidacy in the Community of Madrid before the elections of 4 of May. In the general elections, the PSOE, with Sánchez as number one, achieved a total of 957,000 votes in Madrid, according to data from the Interior Ministry. The transfer that can now take place to the PP with Ayuso at the helm would therefore represent about 10 percent of the support that the Socialist Party had at that time.
2. The end of the state of alarm: back to the legal uncertainty of summer. On May 3, the then Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, was blunt: “The state of alarm is the only constitutional element to limit mobility.” But the Government was gradually opening its speech. Just a week later, the first vice president, Carmen Calvo, pointed out in an interview in ‘El País’ the following: «In the reconstruction commission we want to review the health legislation. There are four scattered state laws, some over 30 years old, and we want to do a review. On May 13, Calvo insisted during an appearance in the Senate. It aimed at “a health reform of some important elements of the basic legislation of the State.” The argument was that “we have to equip ourselves to spend the summer and naturally the autumn, in case there is a rebound or a return in the intensity of Covid-19 in conditions that article 116 of the Constitution no longer has to be usable” . Since then the Government has been navigating from that unfulfilled promise.
3. Early retirements skyrocket 29% for fear of Escrivá’s hack. At the beginning of the year, thousands of workers chose to advance their retirement to avoid the penalties for early retirement that the Minister of Social Security prepares to cut the escalation of pension spending. New coefficients that seek to discourage workers and thereby bring the effective retirement age (64.6 years) closer to the legal age, this year at 66 years. The data managed by the department headed by José Luis Escrivá places the number of anticipated voluntary leave accumulated in just the first two months of the year at more than 60,000, a record. The explosion of these casualties occurred in January, when they shot up to 45.75%, a percentage that fell to almost 9% in February. In total, there were 17,534 more retirements in the two months than a year earlier, which on average represents 29% more.
4. The EMA delays its visit to Moscow and the authorization of the Sputnik V vaccine in the EU is suspended. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 22, during a videoconference dedicated to Covid-19, that specialists from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) would arrive in Russia on Saturday 10 April to evaluate the Sputnik V vaccine, developed by the National Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Gamaleya in Moscow. Such a visit has been expected in the Russian capital for a long time, since it constitutes an essential stage in order to authorize the use of the Russian vaccine in the countries of the European Union. However, it still does not occur. At the end of March, the head of the EMA’s Department of Health Threats and Vaccination Strategy, Marco Cavaleri, announced that the European regulator would send a delegation to Moscow in April. Financial Times said last Wednesday that this week will be when this group of European specialists arrives in the Russian capital.
5. Erdogan defies the EU and accuses its leaders of “incompetent Islamophobes”. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, had gone to Ankara with the idea of easing tensions with Turkey. That the only thing that came out of that meeting with the Turkish autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the case of the lack of courtesy with the president of the Community Executive says a lot about the lack of results of the management. In fact, Erdogan himself has taken it upon himself to make it clear to what extent the situation has not improved at all with a speech on Friday to an organization of Turks residing in Europe and to whom he has told that European leaders, especially the French They are dedicated to attacking Muslims to hide “their failure in internal and external politics.”
6. Carlos Llavador, the emigrant from the floretel. Sometimes, to pursue dreams, you have to leave everything behind and jump almost into the void, which is what Carlos Llavador did in 2015, when he emigrated to Italy with no other travel companions than his illusion and a foil. There, in the mecca of world fencing, he wanted to take a step forward in his career. Catapult yourself to the top of the ranking to play your first Games. A goal he achieved a few days ago, returning national fencing to the Olympic scene thirteen years after José Luis Abajo ‘Pirri’ won the only Spanish medal in this sport in Beijing.