Susana Díaz delivers strong message in favour of a united Europe at inauguration
The president of the Andalusia government Susana Díaz delivered a strongly worded address to Adeje authorities and guests this morning inaugurating the Adeje Summer University. With her theme concentrating on challenges to Europe, like all those speaking she first expressed her sympathy with the families of the victims of the Nice carnage and her rejection of terrorism in all its forms. “Nice is at the heart of Europe, what happened last night chilled all our hearts”, she said.
Turning to her main theme, she first looked to her own country, Spain, and the changing face of politics here “which is letting down more than a few”. The fact that the country has been run by a caretaker government only dealing with matters of urgency given the lack of compromise after two general elections needs to be addressed. “The choices that have been made by the people haven’t been transformed into a government”, adding that Spain was entering a difficult and complicated phase, saying it would appear that the time for absolute majorities was over and the time for pacts had arrived. She said that recent events’t helped the “need to give people confidence in the body politic. When politicians are working to solve people’s problems is when they will begin to trust us again”.
Díaz said the country had become polarised, but while in their daily lives people were used to making compromises “we – politicians- need to change” to reflect that willingness to reach agreements. It was, she added, “impossible to propose easy solutions to complex problems”, and those who tried risked dangerous consequences, pointing to Brexit as one such example. The Andalusia president said a divided population, such as is the UK today, is never a solution. “You cannot move ahead if you have one half of the population of the country feeling they have won, are victorious over the other half”. British society today, she said, was divided, as the result of a Prime Minister who, to resolve an internal political problem, has caused enormous problems for his own country and for Europe. “We must always put the general interest above all others, whether we are in government or opposition”, she remarked.
The matter of poverty, not just in Spain or Europe, but globally, was also mentioned, as was the need for investment from the Central European Bank, the need to tackle inequality in Europe, poor working conditions in many countries, and the need, reflecting comments made earlier by the Adeje mayor, for investment in education to guarantee a better future. “We are seeing in other countries, in Asia, in Poland, new educational pacts, investment in innovation….pacts with the business sector leading to increased employment and the elaboration of a productive network”.
There is also, Díaz stressed, the need for a better social model and a fiscal pact at European level. “When there is a violent economic crisis the people of Europe need to feel protected”. And if we were all working from the same sheet we could avoid “fiscal dumping and destroy fiscal tax havens”.
On the roles of the Canary Island and Andalusia in Europe, she stated that “we need to have a stronger voice in Europe and Europe needs to hear our voice”.
The Adeje mayor, welcoming the President of Andalusia to the inauguration of the 24th Adeje Summer University, and said this educational model had evolved to meeting changing needs over the 24 years of its existence. From a few courses, Adeje was now home to the University’s South Campus with the first full time four year course Tourism students about to graduate.
The rector of the University of La Laguna, Antonio Martinón, congratulated Adeje on the 24 years of partnership in this venture and joined with the mayor in looking to a more international Campus in the future as part of the overall internationalisation of third level education.
The regional education minister Soledad Monzón congratulated the rich variety of courses on offer and in particular mentioned the course on prevention of gender violence in schools and the workshop on the creation of materials for special needs education.
Carolina Darias, the president of the Canarian Parliament said the Adeje Summer University was also an excellent support for tourism in the island, a forum for debate which added quality to this holiday destination. She congratulated the mayor on his constancy in ensuring funding for the academic endeavours well as the University of La Laguna, applauding the encouragement of education, saying “we have the ideas, we have the desire, we have the talent”.
The regional government vice-president Patricía Hernandez said we were living in a complicated world with many challenges, educational, environmental, social, etc and therefore the kind of courses on offer in the Summer University we were well designed to deal with such complexities.