Covid, Sanchez: “It brought the EU together. Italy and Spain together for a just recovery”
“The response given to the pandemic has strengthened the model of a strong democratic state, which has protected citizens in the hardest moment of the crisis”. To say the Spanish premier, Pedro Sanchez, in an interview with La Stampa. The head of the Spanish government took a plane early in the morning to pay homage to David Sassoli, with whom he shared “social democratic values”. The European response materialized “in the centralized purchase of vaccines, European funds and job protection mechanisms have strengthened the best version of Europe, which is precisely the social democratic model. A model based on solidarity, in front of the model neoliberal, seen in the 2008 crisis, based on individualism and social insensitivity “. On the Italy-Spain relationship, Sanchez says: “We have an excellent relationship, at all levels, economic, social, cultural and obviously at the level of governments. I had a very close relationship with Giuseppe Conte and today also with President Mario Draghi” . And again: “Italy and Spain were the first European countries affected by the virus. With the negotiations on European funds we realized the strength we have when we march together. It was a historic event for Europe”, he adds.
Sanchez: “Italy and Spain together make up 25% of the eurozone population and GDP”
‘How has the good relationship between Italy and Spain influenced Europe?’ “Our countries have a great weight if they are united. We are the third and fourth largest economies in the EU. Together we represent almost 25% of the population and GDP of the euro area. This has made Europe look more to the Mediterranean. and favored a more ‘ours’ look at how to deal with the Covid crisis “. And on migration policies: “The Plan for the recovery of Europe has shown a greater interest of the EU in the stability of the Mediterranean, in the external dimension, that is the debate on immigration. It is clear that a greater weight corresponds to a responsibility Italy and Spain are the two main beneficiaries of the EU Next Generation and we have an obligation to put it into practice as efficiently as possible. The outcome of these national challenges will depend on the success of an instrument that can transform Europe into future”.