Friday, September 30

📩 NEWSLETTER | No egos, second notice

There is an agreement between PSOE and United We Can for the new housing law, which has been facing them as government partners from the beginning of the legislature. If what interests you is that the coalition is in good health and that they do not continue to wear out, the news is good. It seems that both parties express satisfaction with the agreement reached.

If what worries you is your rent, then we are going with the nuances that turn one of the most important challenges for the left of the last decade into a law that is born decaffeinated. Beyond what each one thinks about the content, the application of the law depends fundamentally on the will of the autonomous communities. From now until the law is approved, developed in the autonomous communities and finally applied, it will probably take more than a year, if your autonomous community wants to apply it. The PP speaks of “direct attack on private property”, so you can get used to the idea.

Content. The law establishes that the regional governments can put limits on the rental price of companies (funds, banks, real estate) that accumulate more than ten apartments for rent. Also, these “big owners” lose some tax benefits. If your landlord has 9 floors or less (the usual, well), the law remains in a freeze for new contracts and tax benefits for those who lower your rent. The municipalities may raise the IBI to those who accumulate empty floors.

  • A bonus track of 250 euros per month. Was not part of the agreement with United We Can, but Pedro Sánchez has announced an extra to this law: young people who access a new rental will receive an aid of 250 euros per month as long as they earn less than 23,750 euros gross per year and are under 35 years old. This will be done independently of the communities, and some experts warn of the risk: if there are no limits on prices, this bond may end up promoting the opposite effect to the desired one, that the owners take advantage of to raise the monthly payments to people who can perceive. We’ll see.

Who was Sonia Rescalvo?

On October 6, 1991, 30 years ago today, Sonia Rescalvo was beaten to death by skinheads in Barcelona. That murder marked a before and after in the investigation of hate crimes. Today in the podcast we want to stop a bit to find out who Sonia was. We do it with the help of our colleague from in Catalonia, Pau Rodríguez.

Third dose for people over 70 years old

There will be third dose in Spain for people over 70 years old. The Government and the autonomous communities (except Madrid, because … well, because Madrid) have agreed that the 7 million people who fall within that age group begin to be vaccinated already this same month of october with a booster from Pfizer or Moderna. The European Medicines Agency has just given your go-ahead so that countries can administer that extra dose to any adult who has already received the full regimen.

  • The incidence it decreases although at a slower rate than in previous weeks. If yesterday we were in 54 cases, today we are at 52. Hopefully it’s not another damn plateau to climb back up from. The death toll no longer impresses us but it is impressive: yesterday, 94 new deaths were notified.

Do not pass

  • 15%, but. The Government will not apply the minimum rate of 15% of the Corporation Tax on the accounting profit of the companies but on the tax base, which is, let’s say, a reduced version on which other taxes are usually calculated. In summary: the collection effect will be less.
  • Always accurate the EU. Brussels shortened its list of tax havens just this week, with all the Pandora Papers scandal popping up on european covers. “The EU blacklist is irrelevant and ineffective”, says Oxfam.
  • What a story Pedro Águeda tells us: that of a civil guard who was nicknamed ‘Crazy Eyes’ who worked from within in the service of the drug mafia, also looking for other agents in Cádiz to corrupt. Internal Affairs has hunted him down.
  • Goodbye to Gasol. We are not much talking about sports around here if it is not with some political excuse (because, you know, everything is political) but if the one who retires is Pau Gasol, you have to stop to applaud. No more.

In today’s chapter

  • Korean fiction. So without seeing it, it looks like a mix between The Hunger Games, Yellow Humor and La casa de papel. If you are watching the South Korean series called ‘The Squid Game’, tell me if I have to encourage myself to see it, which I doubt. Beyond the plot, a piece of news that I don’t know how to qualify: the bank account of one of the protagonists appears on the screen and turns out it’s real. There are spectators putting money in the account just because.
  • Accent series. I’m paying attention to your suggestions and I’m watching Condena (‘Time’) on Movistar +. How tough. But just to hear in the original version the closed accent of Liverpool, a dialect of its own called Scouse, worth. I was there for a month as a teenager and my head still hurts from trying to understand simple expressions like ‘take the bus’ or ‘come back’. So it sounds.

Come on, cheer up with the day. Tomorrow we read each other again.

A hug,


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