The leaders of the Socialist parties of Spain and Portugal met on sunday (31 August) to coordinate the strategies of the Iberian peninsular's two biggest opposition parties.
GV Santa Lucie hotel, Viana do Castela.
SV INT Portuguese socialist leader Mario Soares and Spanish socialist leader Felipe Gonzalez together in foyer.
SV INT Delegates arriving for socialist meeting.
SV Soares PULL BACK TO GV conference.
CU Gonzales studying papers.
GV ZOOM IN Soares.
SV INT Gonzales and Soares arriving at socialist rally.
SV Gonzales on rostrum speaking to crowds.
SV Crowd cheering.
SV Soares speaking to crowed and crowd cheering.(2 SHOTS)
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Background: The leaders of the Socialist parties of Spain and Portugal met on sunday (31 August) to coordinate the strategies of the Iberian peninsular's two biggest opposition parties.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held at a hotel in Viana do Castela in northern Portugal. It was here that Portuguese socialist leader Mario Soares welcomed the leader of Spain's socialist party, Felipe Gonzalez, who was to address a mass rally in the town later that day. socialist delegates from both countries then met to discuss their future policies, with special relation to the general election to be held in Portugal next month. The Spanish group -- the Spanish Workers Party -- promised they would give all possible assistance to Senor Soares' election campaign.
Soares' socialist coalition is making headway in the election campaign and he expressed confidence that he would defeat the ruling rightist Democratic Alliance government on polling day, October 5. If he were to do so, Senor Soares would be in a position to lend powerful support to Senor Gonzalez' efforts to emerge supreme from the present political turmoil in Spain.
At the mass rally, Senor Gonzalez departed from the agenda to speak in support of the Polish workers whose strike has brought the signing of an agreement on free trade unions.
Senor Soares also expressed sympathy for the Poles and the just aspirations of the Polish people for a climate of greater democracy and trade union freedom unhindered by external interference of any sort. And in a communique issued after the summit meeting, both parties called for the EEC to admit both Spain and Portugal to membership.