Monday, March 24, 2014

Proper Procedures: Steinmeier on Suarez

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pays tribute to an icon in the democratization of Spain:
The news of the death of former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez leaves me greatly saddened. Not many people know that it was Suárez who, at the end of the Franco dictatorship, launched the bold reforms in Spain that ushered in a new democratic era. During those difficult transition years his government did much of the groundwork required to build the rule of law and a public administration whose decisions were not arbitrary but taken in accordance with proper procedures. His name will always be associated with the successful restoration of democracy in Spain. Democrats throughout Europe will remember his achievements.
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Federal Foreign Office, Germany, March 23, 2014

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