"It would be nonsense for the Governments of Spain and Portugal not to cooperate in the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the circumvallation of the Earth." So he believes it the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero, who has participated this week in Lisbon in the presentation of the book Cervantes in Portugal.
"Fighting for the imperialist nostalgia of the past seems to me a waste," García Montero told reporters. "It would be an error of the Government of Spain and the Government of Portugal to engage in nostalgic imperialist trips and not understand the role that both countries, and many others in southern Europe, played in that feat."
In any case, Garcia Montero denied that there are frictions between the two countries for the celebration of the anniversary, remembering that on Thursday there is an act of joint presentation of the celebrations, with ministers from both countries, in the Madrid palace of La Moncloa.
"The commemoration is an opportunity to talk about cultural exchange and dialogue so that each country can strengthen its culture, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of cooperation." In that feat, in addition to Magellan and Elcano, there were also sailors of other nationalities from southern Europe. "
In the presentation of the books Camoes and Cervantes Y Cervantes in PortugalIn the headquarters of the Camões Institute in Lisbon, García Montero recalled that both Portuguese and Spanish go beyond their countries of origin and that they must develop more activity in Latin America. "The two countries have a lot to gain from cooperation."
The director of the Cervantes took the opportunity to announce the full opening of the 87 headquarters of the institute spread around the world to the initiatives of the Camões Institute in order to develop joint projects, "not only to teach Portuguese in the Cervantes but also to propagate the culture and the languages of the whole Iberian Peninsula, a recent case we have had in Beijing, where the Camões Institute proposed a project to spread cante hondo and fado.The cooperation of cultures should focus on the rest of the world and especially on Latin America The Spanish of Spain is only 8% of the world's Spanish. "