Brussels disavows top officials attack on Pedro Sánchezs government

The Commission on Tuesday distanced itself from an outspoken attack by one of its most powerful officials on the Spanish governments management of the coronavirus crisis.

Last week, Cecilio Madero Villarejo, who since March 1 has been deputy director general for mergers in the Commissions department for competition, published a strongly-worded critique of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in the ABC newspaper, charging him with “manifest incompetence” in economic matters.

The piece also called his alliance with Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias “a Bolivarian court of miracles,” suggested he may “suffer some kind of mental disorder,” or otherwise his actions would place him “in the realm of criminal law,” and called for his immediate resignation.

The attack, both for its tone and content, is highly unusual, particularly coming from a Commission heavyweight, who has been at the forefront of the antitrust showdown with Google.

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