The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has stated that Europe faces “an existential dilemma between being an example of progress or letting itself be carried away by the hate from the far right“. “Do we want a Europe that serves as a beacon to inspire the world with its example of integration and progress? Or do we want a Europe hiding behind the trenches“?” he asked during his speech at the congress of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SP) held in Berlin.
Sánchez has focused on the need for a Europe that is increasingly united and, at the same time, increasingly open, that looks forward and without nostalgia for the achievements already achieved, while he has identified the traditional right, influenced by the extreme right, such as imbued with the virus of hatesomething that has warned that “can be lethal” for democracy.
The President of the Spanish Executive has staged “a global battle” between equality, represented by feminism, or the privilege of sexism; between social justice and inequality; between respect for human rights or the barbarity of war; between democratic respect and the populist insult of extremists. “That is what is at risk, here and right now,” warned Sánchez, who stressed: “We need a united and open Europe, with a vision of the future and that does not kneel before the elites.”
“We are facing a complex and uncertain future”
Sánchez has vindicated the principles of social democracy before a “complex and uncertain” future and in which the European elections of 2024 are already looming. In addition, he has pointed out as challenges to technology, which has transformed our lives at levels that “we do not fully understand”, climate change, which “threatens the future of our planets” , in addition to the pandemic and the war conflicts that ravage Ukraine and the Middle East.
In that sense, he has pointed out that inequality “is a corrosive force against coexistence and peace” and that education is “the best investment that a society can make.” “Either we face all this enormous transformation, climate change, digital transformation with social justice, or prosperity will decline: o Europe advance or Europe falls,” the President of the Government stressed.
Linked to this, Sánchez has stressed to his German colleagues that the best way to guarantee progress is to continue defending the principles of the socialist political family, that is, social democracy: “We are here to promote a future with more social justice; with more rights and freedoms, and with more democracy.
In this context, he has insisted that socialists must transmit a message of hopeespecially the younger generation, and has argued that the welfare state remains, as it originally was, a tool against the return of fascism.
The Spanish president finished his speech by expressing his support for his German counterpartChancellor Olaf Scholz – with whom he met before speaking at the congress – with his sights set on next year’s European elections, a time when unity and socialist values will be key, according to Sánchez.
Finally, Sánchez recalled the figure of Jorge Semprún, socialist minister in the 80s and survivor of the world war at the Buchenwald camp, as a link between the socialism of both countries, as he came to applaud with admiration, in the words of Sánchez, the human mentality and the extraordinary civil courage of the German country.