They passed, I think, those triumphalist times in which what then (2009) was secretary of the Organization of the PSOE, that is to say what Minister Abalos is today, said in a public appearance that the conjunction of Obama in the presidency of the United States and Zapatero ‘in the one of Spain and Europe’ was “a planetary historical event” that was going to redound in a “hope for many human beings”. There was a lot of laughter, of course, that did not prevent Mrs. Leire Pajín from ascending, the following year, to the Ministry of Health, which is already known to be that position that socialists and ‘popular’ reserved to reward those who did not have another armchair in the to place them. The times, in these twelve years, have changed a lot. Neither Biden, about to take office as the most powerful man in the world, is Obama, nor is Zapatero Pedro Sánchez, although sometimes, what do you want me to say, anyway. But there is, I think, planetary conjunction. What happens is that it does not exactly pass through La Moncloa.
The loss of weight abroad in our country is indisputable evidence, as several important foreign correspondents accredited in Spain reminded me a few days ago in a ‘chat’. No, Spain is not the center of Europe nor is it even the main ally of the United States in the Mediterranean, contrary to what was suggested in the dreams of greatness of José María Aznar, who put his feet on the table at which Bush drank coffee. In fact, Joe Biden, 78 years old, the person who will fortunately free us from the hateful presence of Trump, I believe, and I would like to know that I am wrong, that not even out of courtesy has he yet addressed the presidency of the Spanish Government to send a formal greeting before occupying the White House: he will, no doubt, but that will be later. And when even some insidious Moroccan press suggests that the Rota base will be transferred to Morocco, which I don’t believe even remotely, really.
In any case, the arrival of the Biden-Kamala Harris tandem is good news for Spain (the Sánchez government hated, and it is logical, Trump, as all of Europe hated him) and for the world. As it is that, in telematic and exemplary primary elections, the moderate Armin Laschet, about to turn 60 years old, has emerged as Angela Merkel’s successor at the head of the CDU, although he is not yet sure the headliner in the candidacy to the elections to the German Chancellery in a few months. And there, in the good understanding of Biden with a Germany that does not want to lose European leadership, yes that lies, after the division imposed by Trump and the incompetence of the British Boris Johnson, a planetary historical opportunity. It is essential that the United States and Latin America interact better, as it is that Washington and the EU, magnificently led by Ursula von der Layen, 62 years old, get closer.
I include the ages of the people who are going to lead the world in the coming years to emphasize that things are more about seniority than abrupt generational change, against what some populisms want. But perhaps a dose of seniority is what is needed now: I always thought that losing Josep Borrell (73), a European heavyweight, as Foreign Minister, was a disgrace for the Spanish Government. Fear that is now confirmed.
In any case, it is obvious that a new era is opening for international relations and for stopping the march of the world towards an abyss of depth that is difficult to predict. Biden will have to cooperate more with the rest of the planet in the fight against a pandemic perhaps in recession, but with very dangerous outbreaks partly due to the stupidity and inability of not a few political leaders. But, in addition, it is to be expected that the new American president, who has had the first success of electing someone like Kamala Harris as vice president, will annul the protectionist and tariff policy of his predecessor, which would already be another good news for Spain. Later, when Pedro Sánchez sat in front of the fireplace in the oval office, I suspect that he will have to wait for something more and again I say that I hope I am wrong and that Spanish diplomacy is capable of working miracles that we have not known lately. And it is that Biden knows, as the correspondent of the New York Times told me, that Spain “is not even a country in the center of Europe”, so we don’t even talk about the world world.