Pedro Sánchez announces in New York his candidacy to preside over the Socialist International

Pedro Sanchez He will take advantage of the fact that the next congress of the Socialist International (SI) is being held in Madrid to present his candidacy to preside over this organization. The general secretary of the PSOE has gathered support this week from the United Nations General Assembly. And, in fact, he has publicly confirmed his candidacy at the Presidium meeting that the organization has held in New York.

“There could be no higher or more beloved cause for those of us who sit here,” he acknowledged. “That’s why, it will be a privilege to count on the drive of all of you to carry it out.”

In fact, Sánchez has already outlined part of his program at that meeting. The President of the Government has proposed that the Socialist International tackle “internal reforms”. As he has stated, Sánchez aspires to contribute his “experience to start a new time in this organization.” Of course, taking the legacy of his “friend George Papandreou […] and leaders like Willy Brandt, Pierre Mauroy or the current secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres“.

Precisely, the first bilateral meeting that Sánchez held upon his arrival in New York was with Guterres. And the first of the international socialist leaders who has shown his support in public, in the same act, has been the Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa.

Official PSOE sources admit to this newspaper that the fact that the SI conclave is being held in Madrid is not by chance. In fact, Sánchez would be the first Spaniard to preside over the Socialist International, and today he is one of the main social democratic leaders in the world.

But from the Socialist Party they refuse to consider Sánchez elected: “Now it’s time to respect the process,” they say. However, the feeling in Sánchez’s environment is that his international career has only just begun with this step. In fact, in Brussels the rumor mill assumes that the European capital will be your next city of residence, before or after. The only discussion is whether he will aspire to the European Council or the General Secretariat of NATO.

In any case, Sánchez claims to be the incarnation of progressive values, and these as the solution to “linked crises, neoliberal individualism and populism”all of them -also- chained as cause and consequence of each other, in view of their discourse.

“Social democracy is the only viable alternative both to the individualism of the neoliberal order and to the return of extremism,” Sánchez proclaimed. “These phenomena go hand in hand”he stressed, citing the example of the conservative response to the last crisis, “which caused a wave of inequality, which in turn increased mistrust in institutions.”

the populist right

In an implicit mention of the last elections in Sweden – won by the social democracy, but without a majority against the popular allies with the hard right – or the imminent ones in Italy – this Sunday, the neo-fascist leader could be elected Giorgia Meloni with the support of Forza Italia- the leader of the PSOE has remarked that “this context of dismantling the welfare state was the breeding ground. And from there emerged some extremist currents to which the liberals now allied themselves as the only option for survival” .

The Portuguese Costa, a good friend and political ally of Sánchez before the EU since the start of the pandemic, has supported the proposals defended by the Spanish leader as “the necessary reinforcement” for the Socialist International, as well as the need to face the current challenges faced by the progressive parties that comprise it.

And in an analogy traced to the one he uses in his rallies in Spain to disqualify the PP opposition, Sánchez has insisted that “social democratic ideas are responsible for the highest levels of progress and well-being achieved in contemporary societies”.

The Prime Minister has called “fight for democracy, civil rights and liberties with more force than ever”, mimicking the center right with populist and totalitarian threats. “The chain of crises has caused principles that we believed to be fully consolidated to be at risk of involution”, he concluded.

Source: Elespanol

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