The latest MDB reports on the depopulation of young Spaniards heading to Northern Europe seeking better working opportunities. This is nothing new. I didn’t meet my first Spaniard on the beach in the Costa Brava but as a Gastarbeiter (guest worker) in a coal mine in the German Ruhrgebiet. Although it gives away my age, this was way back at the time when the Berlin Wall was built to stop East Germans rejecting their country for booming West Germany (1961). With this source of labour restriction, Germany was obliged to attract Italians, Spanish, Greeks and Turks in that order.
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