Zapatero takes aim at doomsayers as convention ends
The 37th party convention in Madrid ended on Sunday with new appointments that aim to offer citizens certainty, trust and determination.7 July 2008
MADRID - Prime Minister and Socialist leader José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero closed the 37th party convention in Madrid Sunday with a display of confidence aimed at slapping down those "who avidly embrace the notion of a crisis," in reference to the economic downturn.
Zapatero's remarks followed opposition leader Mariano Rajoy's recent statements about the bad state of the economy, which the prime minister has so far refused to describe as a "crisis."
At a convention marked by new appointments that seek to bring winds of change to the Socialist Party, Zapatero said that his government offers citizens "certainty, trust, determination and responsibility," claimed that the way to overcome difficulties is to encourage social dialogue, reinforce welfare benefits and foster cooperation with developing countries.
Zapatero also thanked party members who believe in a Spain "that is a diverse reality and speaks one and several languages at the same time," in reference to a recent campaign arguing that Spanish is being eliminated from schools in Catalonia and the Basque Country.
[El Pais / Expatica]