'Madrid thinks Italy moving too fast in phase 2', El Pais

Sanchez concerned: 'Maybe they are right but risks are high'

21 May, 13:39

    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

    ROME - During the coronavirus emergency, Spain followed Italy's example as it was hit by the outbreak later. However, the Spanish government is now following a different course of action because it believes that Italy is moving too fast during 'phase 2' with the gradual relaxation of lockdown measures, El Pais reported on Thursday, quoting well-informed sources.

    The Moncloa took this decision as it believes that Rome is moving ahead too quickly, according to Spanish government sources quoted by the newspaper. The daily said that Premier Pedro Sanchez expressed concern about Italy's policies, commenting the latest developments with his aides: ''Italy is moving too fast during the de-escalation, perhaps everything will be fine but they are risking too much''.

    El Pais stressed that contacts between the governments of the two countries are very fluid. Politicians and experts at all levels from both countries have been in contact to discuss de-escalation but this time Rome and Madrid will reportedly move at a different pace.

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