The decision of the Spanish government to establish a strict ten-day quarantine for citizens traveling to that country from Argentina shows the limits of the friendship between Pedro Sánchez and Alberto Fernández. And also that state policies outweigh alliances.
Thus, Argentina now joins Bolivia, Namibia and Colombia on the list of 25 countries – according to the Official Gazette of the Spanish State this Saturday – which in “Based on their epidemiological evolution, they are considered high-risk countries.”
Indeed, with its 4,812,351 infections and 103,074 deaths related to the coronavirus since the beginning of the covid drama, our country has one of the worst indicators in the world in every way.
This announcement also shows that statistics predominate in Spain, the second most important investor in Argentina, with which there was also, before the pandemic, a more than fluid tourism and business travel relationship. It has been estimated that 293,037 Argentines with dual citizenship lived in Spain by 2020 and 92,649 who remain Argentine citizens and reside there.
Consulted Argentine government authorities on the new Spanish regulations said they had “nothing” to say. “They are valid decisions of each country,” they pointed out. At the end of the day, it is worth remembering that Migrations from Argentina tends to discourage international tourism.
In Madrid, meanwhile, Ambassador Ricardo Alfonsín said that Monday he will take care of the matter By virtue of the fact that the announcement was known this Saturday and will begin to run from Tuesday 27.
Spanish sources, in turn, said that it is a regulation that has a European explanation in its preamble. “Entry into Spain is entry into Europe. These are recommendations of the European Union”, they insisted.
Even in the moments of greatest tension with Kirchnerism towards 2011 and 2012, when the government of the Popular Party claimed Cristina Fernandez for the expropriation of YPF from the Spanish oil company Repsol, and for the then commercial obstacles in this country, Spain tried Argentina as a privileged “son”.
Pedro Sánchez maintained a cold relationship with Mauricio Macri, but at the same time, he followed the line in foreign policy that his predecessor of the PP in the Government. Mariano Rajoy is a friend of Macri.
With his allies from Podemos, friends from La Cámpora, Sanchez became close to Alberto Fernandez. He received it three times in Madrid, between 2019 and 2021.
And he came to visit Buenos Aires last June. By then, La Moncloa had already announced the destination of the 4,500 million euros that Sánchez promised in investments from his country for Latin America. If you look at the pages of La Moncloa about where that millionaire fund will be destined – which is also an advertisement for now – there is not a single euro for Argentina. Also state politics, and interests beyond alliances.