BUENOS AIRES – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called on Wednesday in Buenos Aires for cooperation with democratic governments to deal with real public problems all over the world and confront “nationalistic myths” and “outdated populist ideas.”
Rajoy issued his call at a conference on Spanish foreign policy in Latin America organized by the Libertad Foundation and the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) for his official visit to Buenos Aires, a forum also attended by Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
The premier discussed the need for governments to work to ensure that globalization and sustained development are not contradictory but rather complimentary, to work together and offer compelling responses to those who feel that their well-being or identity are threatened in a world that is becoming ever more interconnected and competitive.
If this is not done, he warned, the democratic world order of freedoms is at serious risk in the face of the proliferation of populist and nationalist movements.
Some of the movements he warned about “cynically promise the impossible” and take advantage of the anxiety and unrest brought by any kind of change.
“I’m convinced that the answer to this threat cannot be either isolation or inaction, or erecting barriers or closing frontiers, and not having blind faith in the ... self-regulation of the markets,” he added.
He said that the correct response is to intensify international cooperation to regulate globalization by promoting an equitable world order based on multilateral institutions and common rules that allow countries to find collective solutions to problems that, these days, know no borders.
In that regard, he echoed the words of Macri, who recently urged the G20 countries to act to place citizens in the first rank of their concerns.
Rajoy said that that is the best recipe for confronting those who “put nationalistic myths and outdated and old populist ideas before the real needs of the people.”