MADRID — It’s been more than four months since Spain’s inconclusive parliamentary election left the country without a government.
But around Plaza de Colón and Plaza Alonso Martinez, where several of Spain’s ministries are located, no one seems to worry.
An assistant at the Ministry of Public Administration shrugs her shoulders. Cafes and restaurants in the area are busy with civil servants grabbing bocadillos with fried squid or serrano ham. Metro trains in the center run every one to three minutes as they always do.
And on a holiday weekend marked by May Day protests, the police were deployed across Madrid to keep the demonstrators in line – even though protests were scarce.
“We don’t even know to whom we should address our concerns and demands,” says Alba Villanueva, a protester who struggled to entice a small group of young people in Puerta del Sol on Saturday, “and so we’re stalling.”