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“There are worse places to spend a lockdown”: Privileged and at risk British retirees in Spain

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It was a sunny Tuesday morning, at the beginning of March 2020. The dirt pétanque field in a Catalan coastal town was filled with English chatter about golf, gardening and the occasional Brexit reference. A new topic had infiltrated the conversation: COVID-19. As a group of British retirees living in Spain, most of the players were in their late 60’s …

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Austerity, Not COVID-19, Strains National Healthcare Systems

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Spain and Italy, two of the countries most affected early on by COVID-19, were also among the EU member-states that underwent severe and extended austerity measures following the last global economic recession. These measures significantly weakened publicly funded healthcare systems in both countries, and as it is particularly relevant to understanding the trajectories of pandemic, constrained public sector response. 

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The balcony: normativity lessons in times of crisis

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The balcony has become a powerful domestic space symbolizing corona-solidarity in the south of Europe. Movie clips of Italians singing their national anthem from their balconies were broadcast worldwide in the evening news. Such a moving and spontaneous event united people quarantined. Italians, too, killed time making and hanging hand-crafted signs from their balconies with the phrase ‘Andrà tutto bene’—everything …

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Seeing COVID-19, or a Visual Journey Through the Epidemic in Three Acts

Digital newspapers and TV news in Spain (and surely, elsewhere) are full of images and videos narrating the COVID-19 pandemic (caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus). Through these images, we can see the situation as it happens in our hospitals, parliamentary rooms and balconies throughout the country from a distance. Thousands of conversations circulate on social networks like Twitter or Facebook …

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COVID-19 and its Impact on the Roma Community: The Case of Spain

On the days after the 6th March, at the very start of the epidemic in Spain, the press reported one of the first large foci of COVID-19 in Haro in the north and also the deployment of the militarised Civil Guard[i] to the town. It was stated that these ‘exceptional measures’ were necessary because of ‘concern that the isolated …

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