At this year’s network meeting in Málaga, hosted by the Spanish foundation Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda (RMR), the focus was on dealing with the legacy of the Franco dictatorship. The conference programme was developed together with Körber-Stiftung.
What was so special about the way Spain managed the transition to a democratic constitution after Franco’s death in 1975? „La Transición”, the years leading up to the stable restoration of democracy in Spain at the beginning of the 1980s, was the topic of the annual meeting of representatives of EUSTORY competitions from more than 20 countries.
In contrast to Portugal, for example, where the authoritarian regime under Salazar was overcome in a revolution in 1974, the years of transition in Spain were supported by a broad social consensus that organised a peaceful, largely orderly transfer, and was accompanied by an amnesty for the crimes of the civil war as well as by a great continuity of personnel, for example, among the political elites. “The system has changed with the people,” is how one of the Spanish competition organisers described the phenomenon to his international colleagues.