Guardia Civil officers patrolling in Magalluf, the night before Punta Ballena was closed. | Michel's
Germany calling the shots?
Such are the close ties between Majorca and Germany, it is sometimes said that Majorca is like the seventeenth of the German Länder. There was further evidence to support this idea last week, with Majorca apparently not enjoying the same degree of sovereignty as the other sixteen states. The island appeared to be under the command of the German foreign ministry. Or so the Balearic government desperately had to make clear wasn't the case. Yes, the German government had demanded explanations about what was going on with badly behaved crowds of German nationals on Schinkenstrasse and Bierstrasse, but the Balearic government insisted that it had taken the decision to close streets; the German government had not prompted the decision by threatening to impose restrictions on travel if there could not be guarantees that its citizens would behave themselves and that the Balearic authorities would control them.