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Today's joint press conference by the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the president of the Madrid region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso - held to mark their agreement to work together on the current Covid-18 spike in the Spanish capital - was certainly an attention-grabber.

More than twenty flags (both of Spain and the Madrid region, alternating) adorned the stage on which Sánchez and Ayuso explained the accords they have reached after months of battles and mutual public rebukes over the management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pedro Sánchez Isabel Díaz Ayuso - efe

Image of the press conference, with more than 20 flags of the Community of Madrid and the Spanish State | Efe

The display of flags, as if it were an international summit, outshone even some of Donald Trump's recent spectacles at the 2020 Republican convention.

Politicians and other social media users were quick to comment on the dazzling images. Catalan pro-independence politician from the JxCat party, Elsa Artadi, mentioned ironically that "today the fighters against nationalism have come together."

"We see that in Madrid they are already finding effective solutions," said the Tarragona delegation of the Catalan National Assembly. 

In a similar vein, journalist Bea Talegón said: "Calm down. They have flags. We are saved."

 

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