Eduardo Madina

Eduardo Madina Muñoz (born 11 January 1976 in Bilbao) is a Spanish socialist politician. He was the Secretary General of the Socialist Parliamentary Group in Congress between April 2009 and September 2014.[1]

Eduardo Madina
Jornadas de Juventudes Socialistas de Olivenza con Eduardo Madina y Guillermo Fernández Vara (3).jpg
Secretary General of the Socialist Group in the Congress
Preceded byRamón Jáuregui
Succeeded byMiguel Ángel Heredia
Member of Parliament for Madrid
Member of Parliament for Vizcaya
Personal details
Alma materUniversidad de Deusto

BiographyEdit

Eduardo Madina is married and has one child. He comes from a family of socialist militants of the Basque Country.[2] His grandfather was a miner. At age 17 he joined the Socialist Youth of Euskadi, a youth branch of the PSE-EE,[3] and shortly after graduating in Contemporary History at the University of Deusto. He holds a master's degree in European Integration from the University of the Basque Country, specialising in International Relations. He has worked as a specialist in the European Parliament and has taught international relations and European construction at several Spanish universities. He is currently Associate Professor of Contemporary History in Madrid at Carlos III University.[4] He previously directed and presented a program of musical content on Radio 3 called "El Archiduc".

In 2012 he was chosen among the most outstanding young people in the world by the Forum of Davos (World Economic Forum) within the YGL programme (Young Global Leaders).

Terrorist attackEdit

Eduardo Madina was the victim of a terrorist attack when he was driving, without an escort, from his home to his job in Sestao, on 19 February 2002. A bomb placed on the underside of his car by a unit of the separatist group ETA, composed of Iker Olabarrieta and Asier Arzalluz, caused him serious injuries, including amputation of the left leg at the height of his knee. As a consequence of the injuries suffered he had to leave his volleyball team, the UPV Bizkaia, where he played professionally.

Two years later he received the Constitutional Merit Medal along with other victims of terrorism.[5]

The trial against the alleged perpetrators of the attack in the Supreme Court of Spain began on 12 November 2006. Iker Olabarrieta and Asier Arzalluz, members of ETA, were sentenced to 20 years in prison. The first was condemned as the material author of the assassination attempt, and the second as the instigator.

Member of parliamentEdit

Eduardo Madina has been a member of Congress since 2004 when he was elected MP for Vizcaya. Previously, he was Secretary of Institutional Politics of the Socialist Youth of Euskadi until he became the Secretary General of the organisation between 2002 and 2005. He is currently a member of the board of the PSE-EE, and between 2008 and 2014 he is also a member of the PSOE's Federal Executive Committee.

During his term of office, he participated in Julio Medem's documentary "Basque Ball, the Skin Against the Stone", and has always defended the need for a dialogue with ETA to end the violence. In the general elections of 2008, he ran as head of his party for Vizcaya, which won in his circumscription. In April 2009 he was appointed Secretary General of the Socialist Parliamentary Group.

Primary electionsEdit

After the defeat of the party in the European elections of 2014, the Secretary General of the PSOE, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, resigned and convoked a congress to choose the new leader of the party. Madina, who was one of the first members of the party that called for primary elections with the direct vote of the militants, announced his candidacy on 14 June.

He ran a campaign based on two pillars: the fight against corruption and nepotism, and the recovery of social policies. Finally, on 13 July, those internal elections were held in which he achieved the second place with 36% of the votes, in comparison to the 48% of Pedro Sánchez and the 15% of José Antonio Perez Tapias. After the elections, he decided not to take part in Sanchez's new Executive Committee, and to return as a professor to his duties at the University.

Positions heldEdit

  • City councillor of Sestao (1999-2001)
  • Secretary General of the Socialist Youth of the Basque Country (2002-2004).
  • Member of Parliament for Vizcaya (2004-2015)
  • Secretary General of the Socialist Group in the Congress of Deputies (2009-2014).
  • Member of Parliament for Madrid (2016)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Internet, Unidad Editorial. "Eduardo Madina, nuevo secretario general del PSOE en el Congreso". Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  2. ^ Diariocrítico.com. "Eduardo Madina: Madina descarta volver a competir para liderar el PSOE con una 'pulla' a Sánchez". www.ociocritico.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  3. ^ "elmundo.es | encuentro digital con Eduardo Madina". www.elmundo.es. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  4. ^ "Professor's profile, Universidad Carlos III".
  5. ^ "Victims and civilian groups receive the medal for Constitutional Merit, news in the newspaper El Mundo, February 10, 2004".

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