Sánchez vindicates with the entry of Subirats the policy of “respect” in a climate of high tension with Casado

  • The president appreciates the “work and dedication” of Castells in Universities, acknowledges his “admiration” and vindicates his “good tone” and capacity for dialogue

  • He assures that “empathy, closeness, respect and dialogue” will continue to be the “maxims” of his Cabinet, which will prioritize recovery and stability.

“When respect and education are lost, everything is lost.” Pedro Sánchez affirmed it at the end of the European Council this Thursday, after midnight, and he was addressing Pablo Casado, at a time of maximum confrontation with the PP. For this reason, it is not by chance that the Prime Minister invoked the policy of “respect” and “education” during his brief institutional statement of farewell to Manuel Castells and welcoming his successor, Joan Subirats, at the head of Universities. That way of doing politics imbued with “closeness, empathy, respect and dialogue & rdquor; he will continue to act, he said, as a guide to the Executive.

The coalition Cabinet officially opens a new chapter this Friday. After Sánchez’s appearance on the steps of the Moncloa palace, without questions, the last Council of Ministers started with Castells as a member of it. On Tuesday, his successor will already be seated at the table. As in the previous occasions in which there were changes in the ministries, Sánchez gave a farewell speech. In this case, very affectionate towards someone who has been an absent minister, with a very low political and media profile, and who is now leaving, at 79, for health reasons.

Sánchez thanked Castells for his “work” and “dedication” in these almost two years at the head of his department. The “admiration” he felt for the professor, he assured, is “even greater” after having seen him work in his Cabinet. His “cosmopolitan vision of the university and his extensive international experience” have “enriched university politics in this country,” he continued. And it is that Castells, share of the commons in the Council of Ministers, is an eminence in his field, that of the sociology of information, and before coming to the Government he was a professor at Berkeley (1979-1998), a research professor at the Open University of Catalonia and the CSIC in Barcelona and distinguished visiting professor at the universities of Cambridge, Santa Clara, Oxford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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“A researcher, a sociologist with an unquestionable background and also recognition inside and outside our borders, who has promoted projects of enormous ambition and also transcendence for the future of our universities,” he praised. Already in the Executive, the minister, said the president, developed a policy of “support for the university”, at a critical time due to the pandemic and for teaching. Thus, he prepared the draft Law on Universities, still under study, and promoted the increase in scholarships for young people.

The president also highlighted Castells “his good tone, his capacity for dialogue, his thoughtful character”, which makes him worthy of his “recognition”. After wishing him “luck and success in his new life and intellectual stage”, I will now mention the figure of the new minister, Joan Subirats, right-hand man of the mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau.


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