The President of the Government, who wants to modernize the organization, has made his decision public in New York. He assures that he aspires to achieve new goals in equality, climate change, a fair economy and the defense of democracy. Through Twitter he has said that the Social Democrats have always bet for advancing and conquering new rights and freedomsPedro Sánchez reinforces his more international profile in New York where he attends the meeting of the UN General Assembly. From there, at the meeting of the Presidium, he has announced his intention to present his candidacy to lead the Socialist International. The objective of the President of the Government is to carry out internal reforms to modernize the organization. As reported by the PSOE, Sánchez has indicated that “there could be no higher or more beloved cause.” “It will be a privilege to have the drive of all of you to carry it out”, he added. The general secretary of the PSOE has stated that he aspires to contribute his experience to start “a new time in this organization” and to continue with the legacy of his “friend Yorgos Papandreu (…) and leaders such as Willy Brandt, Pierre Mauroy or the current secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.” Sánchez himself has announced it on his Twitter account, asserting that the socialists are the ones who have always committed to advancing and conquering new rights and freedoms and, warns, they will continue to do so. “Together, together, and with renewed forces”, emphasizes the head of the Spanish Executive. I have just announced my intention to present my candidacy to lead the Socialist International. We are the Social Democrats who have always opted to advance, to conquer new rights and freedoms and we will continue to do so. Together, together, and with renewed forces.— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) September 22, 2022 He has argued before his party colleagues that social democracy is the “only viable alternative both to the individualism of the neoliberal order and to the return of extremism” , since he considers that both phenomena “go hand in hand”. He pointed out that the conservative response to the last crisis caused a wave of inequality, which in turn increased mistrust in institutions. He explained that this context of dismantling the welfare state was the breeding ground for the appearance of ” extremist currents to which the liberals are now allied as the only option for survival”. Faced with this conservative union, Sánchez has cataloged social democratic ideas as “those responsible for the highest levels of progress and well-being achieved in contemporary societies” and, along these lines, has claimed to have an “unwavering faith in the validity of the principles of social democracy”. An ideology that has proposed updating to modern challenges and achieving new objectives in terms of equality, climate change, a fair economy and the defense of democracy. According to the PSOE, the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, has supported the proposals defended by Pedro Sánchez as the necessary reinforcement of this organization and the need to face the current challenges faced by the progressive parties that make it up. The President of the Government has called for “fighting the battle for democracy, rights and civil liberties with stronger than ever.” In this sense, he has pointed out that the chain of crises has caused principles that we believed to be fully consolidated to be at risk of involution.
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