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Mary Lorenzo

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Here's an interesting link by Diario de Mallorca about an article written in Stern magazine, commenting on the darker, hidden side of Mallorca and contrasting it with the safe and luxurious side that most tourists get to see.

and here is a rough translation of the article...

From the Paradisiacal beaches to the shanty town of Son Banya. Super Yachts in Port Adriano to the long lines of people waiting for food in front of the convent of Caputxins. Of the millions farms to 10,000 families evicted on the island over the past two years. Over ten pages of story, three journalists the German magazine Stern do an autopsy on life 'cruel' reality of Mallorca, contrasting the luxury with social problems suffered by the island.

'Sun, sea, mountains, wonderful restaurants. There is more quality of life than anywhere else. But you can only move on the surface, otherwise, you'll find the cruel side 'and concludes the story on Mallorca titled' Behind the front line 'and leads on the cover with the title 'the dark side of Mallorca'. The German press reloaded against the island. Just two months after the tabloid newspaper Bild published a controversial report questioning the safety of Platja de Palma, this time the weekly magazine Stern devotes ten pages, the publisher and the cover of its latest edition to tell of the stark contrasts of living in Mallorca, his 'favourite island in the Mediterranean', as defined in the editorial.

The Stern report does not leave anything out. From prostitution, drug trafficking or corruption to unemployment, evictions, cuts in health or education or problems of children with malnutrition. The weekly describes a situation the limit on the island where more than 140,000 unemployed and about 300,000 immigrants charging 5 euros per hour represent 'a molotov cocktail that can explode any day.' Stern defines the island as 'a Sicily without guns' in which 'the middle class has been swept away by the tsunami of the crisis' and in which social problems have generated an 'alarming situation'. The text also has room for the detained gang of Hells Angels, but notes that 'the police already have enough work with their own political situation', among which lists the ex-president the Governor Jaume Matas, the island's former president Maria Antonia Munar, or ex-conseller Tourism Francesc Buils.

Although this cover story is illustrated with a paradisiacal image of Deia, typical of a postcard, the rest of photos illustrating the story portray Korean homes in Camp Redó, ramp access to the courts of Via Alemanya, the tail end of the queue of the distribution of food convent dels Caputxins, Son Banya or delapidated areas of El Arenal.

It's a distorted view said the representative of  the Government, and the  spokeswoman, Núria Riera, refused yesterday to enter any comments on it on although her report described the content offered by the report as 'a distorted view' of the island. Therefore, Riera called for the 'responsibility' of the media that called for 'respect reality.' 'Balearics are a safe place to visit, with a quality tourism offer and welcomes tourists with esteem and interest' and she defended all companies who invited tourists to 'come & try it'
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Re: German magazine Stern comments on the 'darker' side of Mallorca
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2016, 09:18:39 AM »
I can see why the "powers that be" are attempting to rubbish the article, definitely not a good picture to paint but, fairly accurate non the less. Anybody who takes the time to read Ultima Hora on a daily basis will know all the points raised in the German press have been aired in the Mallorca press, maybe not so forcefully. Let's be thankful that PP is about as far from Palma as you can get, without getting your feet wet, and as such it is divorced from most of the nasties that are or have gone on.