10 June: Marcelo says that it is necessary to «cut the dead branches that reach the whole tree»

President of the Republic mentioned in his speech the universalist vocation of the country

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The President of the Republic today considered it necessary to «cut the dead branches that reach the whole tree», warning that, only if you don't want to, is that «Portugal will not be eternal».

In his speech at the military ceremony for the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities, which is taking place in Peso da Régua, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa took up the universalist vocation of the country and the fight in the Douro region to project itself to leave some errands, at a time when Portuguese politics continues to be involved in the controversy surrounding the incident at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the involvement of SIS in the recovery of a computer belonging to an assistant to Minister João Galamba.

The head of state considered that the country does not want to "never make the mistake" of exchanging its universal vocation for the illusion that, to be happy, it is necessary to stop being what marked it "for centuries".

«But be careful, that this is not an alibi or justification for not being stronger and fairer inside, even so that we can be stronger and fairer outside», he stressed.

According to the head of state, «that is the appeal of this Douro and all the Douros»: «We take the impossible, we try once, a thousand times, we fail more than we succeed, (...) we don't give up, we start again ».

«We give new life to whatever needs it. We plant, sow, prune, cut the dead branches that reach the whole tree. Let us recreate together, in this Douro, in all our Douros, what makes our future much different and much better than our present », he declared, without ever directly mentioning any current political case.

With the Prime Minister, António Costa, and the Minister of Infrastructure, João Galamba, listening to him in the audience, the President of the Republic said: «Only if we don't want it will our Portugal not be eternal».