Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell says co-existence is key to country’s success

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CELEBRATING HISTORY: Borrell (centre, left) was speaking at the presentation of Spain, A Global History. CREDIT: Foreign Ministry, via Twitter

SPAIN will only succeed as a country if it can overcome regional tensions and division and offer a positive vision of co-existence, the country’s foreign minister has said.

Josep Borrell claimed the narrative about Spain and Spanish history had been captured by nationalists both regionally and at a country-wide level who are on the ‘wrong side of history’.

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Spain has not had anyone capable of writing its story in terms of its positive contribution to the world, the minister added.

He was speaking at the presentation of a new book by diplomat Luis Francisco Martinez Montes called Spain, A Global History.

Martinez Montes’ book comes as part of a Foreign Ministry strategy to promote Spain’s image abroad. It discusses the country’s contribution to a host of areas including religion, language and economics.


Borrell said the book was not an exercise in ‘vainglory’ but was a celebration of the country’s achievements throughout its history.

Spain needed to counter a ‘premodern’ and ‘authoritarian’ image pushed by critics following the 2008 recession, the eurozone crisis and more recently the Catalan independence row, Borrell said.





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