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Felipe VI says that the rule of law cannot be “insensitive” to social needs and advocates the independence of justice and the separation of powers

Madrid / Felipe VI stated on Thursday at the awards ceremony for jurists that Spain is a “full and modern” state of law and that respect for the legal framework must be the “insignia, emblem and distinctive” of democracy as it is an element “Essential of coexistence as a people.”

The head of the Spanish State recalled that the model that emanates from the Constitution establishes “the submission of public powers to the law and the rejection of arbitrariness and discrimination based on birth, race, sex or religion.”

A system that involves, according to Don Felipe, “high demands”, such as the protection of freedom of thought and rights such as that of expression, as well as “effective respect for the rule of law.”

“The rule of law cannot be something routine, neutral and mechanical for us. Neither alien to values, nor insensitive to social needs “, he has reflected.

For its proper functioning, the monarch has deemed “indispensable an independent judicial system as a result of the separation of powers.”

These powers “coexist and act without interference, respecting the orbit of others,” completed Felipe VI, who highlighted the convenience of transmitting the values ​​of justice to citizens from primary education to the University.

Delivery of the Pelayo Award

The king presided over the delivery of the XXVI edition of the Pelayo Prize for Jurists of Recognized Prestige, which has gone to the former socialist minister Tomás de la Quadra-Salcedo for his long legal career and his contribution to Spanish society.

The event took place at the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid with the assistance of the Minister of Justice of Spain, Juan Carlos Campo, the president of Congress, Meritxell Batet, and those of numerous public institutions, such as the Constitutional Court, Juan José González Rivas , and that of the General Council of the Judiciary, Carlos Lesmes.

Of the winner, he has highlighted his vocation of service to the State, his social commitment in the promotion of public powers and his defense of the Constitution, in addition to remembering his extensive career as a politician and jurist.

De la Quadra-Salcedo, 74, was Minister of Territorial Administration (1982-1985) and Justice (1991-1993) with Felipe González and, in between, held the presidency of the Council of State.

The professor of Administrative Law made a plea of ​​representative democracy in front of the assembly, of which he has said that “it tends to demagoguery and populism by radicalizing and polarizing society, making it impossible to find agreements.”

“Populism is a strategy that, using demagoguery, divides society,” the former socialist minister has warned.

Since 1995, figures such as Antonio Garrigues Walker, Fernando Ledesma, Gregorio Peces-Barba, Francisco Rubio Llorente, Emilia Casas and Landelino Lavilla have been distinguished, very present at the event after his death last April. (November 20, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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Principalmente, el texto habla de...
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todas las personas que han sido galardonadas con el Premio Pelayo desde el año 1995.
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dónde fue entregado el Premio Pelayo este año.
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lo que dijo el monarca español en la entrega de unos premios.
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Felipe VI evitó hablar del Estado de derecho en la entrega de esos premios.
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el ganador del Premio Pelayo de este año explicó qué es el Estado de derecho.
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el rey Felipe VI habló sobre el Estado de derecho en la entrega de esos premios.
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el Estado de derecho en España no es muy moderno.
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se dice que el Estado de derecho no debe ser indiferente ante las necesidades sociales del pueblo.
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no es necesario que se transmitan los valores de la justicia al conjunto de la ciudadanía.
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la justicia debe ser independiente,
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la justicia puede ser independiente aunque no haya separación de poderes.
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la separación de poderes no es muy importante en una democracia.
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comenzaron a entregarse a juristas reconocidos a principios de esta década.
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aún no se han entregado.
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este año ha sido galardonado un exministro socialista.
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De la Quadra-Salcedo no valora de forma positiva el populismo.
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el populismo hace que haya más unidad en un país.
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el populismo no puede causar ningún tipo de problema a la sociedad.
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