Cadiz politician fears ‘Spanish could become extinct in Gibraltar’

A LOCAL politician has urged the Spanish government to reconsider the announced closure of the Gibraltar Cervantes Institute.
General deputy secretary of PSOE socialist party in Cadiz, Juan Carlos Ruiz Boix, has urged the Spanish government to reconsider “its mistaken decision to close the Instituto de Cervantes in Gibraltar.”
Ruiz Boix complained that: “Rajoy’s government has lost its track so much that it is torpedoing the good neighbourly relations policy the socialist government created at the Cordoba agreements, which had great results for the population of the Campo de Gibraltar area.”
“Rajoy has far larger problems to solve than moving Cervantes installations across the world and generating extra expenses,” the politician added, and demanded a credible explanation of the reasons to close the institute.
Ruiz Boix said that the government cannot claim it is not worth keeping as in the four years it has been running the centre has had more than 4,000 people sign up for Spanish lessons, 65 per cent of whom were aged between four and 17.
“Although many adults in Gibraltar speak Spanish, the language could be in danger of becoming extinct there as most young people use English to communicate,” he warned.

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