Sun, sea and sand – but no holidaymakers to enjoy them. In our latest edition of Europe Now, Catherine Nicholson travels to what’s normally a holiday hotspot – Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands – to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted daily life, the tourism industry and the wider economy.
In part two of the show, we find out more from Spain’s two main opposition parties. José Ramón Bauzá, a former president of the Balearics and current Renew Europe MEP (Ciudadanos), outlines why he thinks the government of Pedro Sanchez has handled Spain’s strict lockdown badly. Meanwhile, Toni Fuster, leader of the Partido Popular in the Balearics, echoes calls for a swifter rollout of the vaccination program.
Our reports look at other crucial issues for Spain in 2021: Anaïs Guérard explores how to deal with a huge influx of immigrants to the Canary Islands, while Luke Brown looks at the latest impact of Brexit, some 2000km south of London, in Gibraltar. The only British territory on the European continent is now set to be part of the Schengen visa-free travel area.
Show presented by Catherine Nicholson, produced by Johan Bodin, Perrine Desplats and Mathilde Bénézet, filmed on location by Stéphane Bodenne, with Luke Brown and Céline Schmitt.