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Spain’s Toxic Politics, Health Woes Have Got Merkel Worried

  • Resurgence has exposed fractures in systems of government
  • German officials view situation in Spain with growing concern
Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk through Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, Oct. 2.

Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk through Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, Oct. 2.

Photographer: Paul Hanna/Bloomberg
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Spain is paying a hefty price for its broken political system and is rapidly becoming the euro’s problem child.

It used to be Italy that was seen as the bigger risk. But now officials in Germany, the region’s economic motor and the one paying the most money toward the European Union’s Covid-19 recovery fund, are worried by just how badly Spain is coping with the pandemic.