We spend our lives waiting, sweeping guilt and discomfort as if we were not the main actors in our lives and the owners of our decisions. We are asked to be patient, willing and positive. We show evil with what surrounds us, with those we do not know; and let’s avenge our discomfort: a mask on the ground, a cigarette at a bus stop, a bad look at the person who wears the mask incorrectly.
We forget what it’s like to be human. I don’t know how you can sleep knowing how many people a bad decision destroys and still keep trying options until you find something right. Meanwhile, we, to keep waiting.
The few joys are reflected in the small gestures and actions that our teachers, pets, friends, relatives and loved ones offer us. It is time to wake up to the life that has changed us. And don’t forget how important it is to be consistent with your actions.
For a sustainable economy
In response to the pandemic, the EU approved an unprecedented € 750 billion recovery package and temporarily suspended fiscal rules, allowing governments to spend enough. Recovery offers a once in a generation opportunity to build a bridge to a future sustainable economy with rising living standards and decent jobs for all.
However, recent data shows that 70% of the 72,000 million euros of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of Spain will be wasted in reviving the old economy and in giving state subsidies to the industries of the past, including the rescue of the airlines Iberiaand Vueling.
Spain plans to spend just 11% of its ongoing recovery effort on strengthening the nation’s environmental resilience to future climate shocks and a meager 6% on social welfare measures to improve the long-term health and well-being of our citizens.
As economists and civil society leaders, we call on the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, to review her plans and use this one-time spending package to address our vulnerability to future “black swan” events, such as pandemics and the prospect of irreversible climate change. Minister Montero must also use her influence to push for a permanent review of EU fiscal rules to avoid a ruinous return to austerity.
They are not anti-fascists
Young people who demonstrate violently do not seek freedom of expression, nor are they anti-fascists. They are violent and rude people, without more. Unfortunately, what they are doing with their behavior is fabricating votes for the extreme right. Mr Echenique should not encourage such excesses . What you need to do is help your government improve the freedom of expression law.