[New Europe] Spain's Government Wields Lockdowns as a Political Weapon

Spanish paratroopers stand guard in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol (Photo: EPA/EFE/David Fernández)

Lifting a quarantine demands a tricky balance of health, economics — and politics.

That partisan motives may creep into the mix along with people’s lives and livelihoods sounds atrocious and improbable in equal measure — let alone take precedent over them. Yet Spain’s government seems to be plotting against the country’s wealthiest region in…