An Austrian Member of the European Parliament has criticized Spain’s supposed recovery in the wake of the President of the European Commission’s upbeat comments about the country in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday.
“Do you know how many jobs were created in the last month (in Spain)? Thirty-one,” said veteran MEP Hannes Swoboda, a spokesperson for the European Parliament’s Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group.
“This is recovery? This is a scandal,” Swoboda was saying by Spain’s Huffington Post.
The comments came after European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso praised Spain as part of a generally positive speech about Europe’s economic recovery.
In the speech, Barroso noted that exports of goods and services now made up 33 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and said Spain’s situation was “a signal of the very important reforms and increased competitiveness”.
But Swoboda preferred to focus on the growing number of children in Spain who “go to school to eat” because there was nothing at home.
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