Tuesday, June 28, 2016

On the margins of Europe

On the margins of Europe
Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi in a press conference on referendum of Brexit. JOHN MACDOUGALL AFP
Spain can not be left out of discussions on the reconfiguration of the EU after the Brexit. Successive political meetings at the highest level that are happening in Europe since Thursday's victory supporters that Britain leave the EU have had, so far, a common feature was known: the absence of Spain.

Such absence, although it comes from afar and has to do with the low international profile of Mariano Rajoy, is another consequence of the period of uncertainty due to the repetition of elections. As if missing reasons for a rapid formation of government, here is a more powerful and well. In a crucial moment for redefining the very idea of ​​the European project, it is imperative that the voice of Spain is heard. For economy-fourth of the euro area, population, history and international influence, especially in Latin America, must be present at the forums where these issues are discussed. At this point the six founding members deemed entitled to meet on their own and not invite a country like Spain says little about the ability of diplomacy to be enforced.

Clearly, Mariano Rajoy, with his usual vagueness, it has not difficult. In mid-month it predicted that the Brexit would be "a catastrophe". Last week, after the result, he called for "serenity and tranquility." And until yesterday he was silent. Meanwhile, the Italian Matteo Renzi has created a very active axis Rome-Paris-Berlin is shaping up as the lead manager of the crisis.

For its European vocation and the very important ties that bind our economy with the British, the Brexit is a matter of highest priority. Urges, therefore, to know how the Government will defend the interests of Spain, and how it will contribute to strengthening the European Union at a critical moment. But for that we must be present, not absent.


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