The Poor and the Pandemic Basic Income in Spain to Mitigate Coronavirus Impact

The coronavirus has plunged Spain into what could be its worst economic crisis in 80 years. The Socialist government is trying to mitigate the impact with basic income for the country's neediest.
By Helene Zuber und Steffen Lüdke in Zaragoza and Hamburg
Residents waiting in line at a food bank in Madrid

Residents waiting in line at a food bank in Madrid

Foto: JAVIER SORIANO/ AFP
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An elderly couple in Madrid

An elderly couple in Madrid

Foto: Paul White/ AP
The Spanish economy could shrink by 14 percent, while unemployment may jump to 21 percent.

The Spanish economy could shrink by 14 percent, while unemployment may jump to 21 percent.

Foto: SUSANA VERA/ REUTERS

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