2015 FAES Campus
FAES Foundation is pleased to announce the celebration of the twelfth edition of its FAES Campus, to be held in the suburb of Guadarrama (Congress Centre Fray Luis de León), from June 29 to July 5.
Economic Growth: Pending Subject in Europe (29-30 June)
Director: Miguel Marín
The economic and financial crisis that began in 2007 has had a strong impact on the countries of the European Union, the economies and societies of which have been deeply damaged as a result. The two recessions suffered in Europe since 2008, with the financial crisis and the crisis of sovereign debt that came with it, have severely eroded the growth of the European economy and have highlighted the weaknesses of the European growth model. However, the crisis has also helped us shift the focus to issues which so far had not been paid enough attention.
Despite the difficulties, Europe–and particularly Spain which is so far leading economic growth in the eurozone–is showing clear signs of improvement, which should persuade us to continue the process of reforms undertaken in order to get Europe back on the path of growth and prosperity. The Course of Economy and Public Policy of the 2015 FAES Campus seeks to study this problem, analysing the traditional weaknesses of the European economic model and addressing other issues which, as a result of globalization and the challenges of the 21st century, have become more relevant. Some of the issues that will be discussed are inequality which, as a result of the loss of income resulting from the crisis, has become more apparent, and the innovation spread between the European region and the world.
2015 Spanish Democracy: Proposals for Reform and Projects for Rupture (1-2 July)
Director: Ignacio Astarloa
On many occasions in recent years, in publications, seminars or in earlier Campuses, FAES Foundation has addressed the institutional and territorial reforms needed to improve our democracy before the institutional crisis that has joined the extremely harsh economic crisis.
Some of these reforms have been implemented and others are yet pending. We must insist on them, reflecting once again in order to address them in the best possible way.
Meanwhile, virtually since 2004, Spain has been witnessing a stakeholder debate on the meaning of the Transition, on the alleged supervened invalidity of the Constitution, the discrediting of institutions and, ultimately, the delegitimisation of parliamentary democracy. Following that discussion, and taking advantage of populist tendencies–so dangerous in times of crisis–some political projects have emerged which, under the guise of strengthening democracy, really intend to break it. Some nationalist parties have also seized this moment of difficulty to push their most radical rupture proposals.
In this scenario, it is essential to discriminate which reform proposals are solid and useful to strengthen and modernize our democratic system, from those that in spite of having good intentions, will not serve to improve our institutions, from others which, indeed, do not intend to improve democracy at all but rather replace it with undemocratic alternatives well-known by the past and present of countries that were once democratic until they surrendered to the magic solutions of demagoguery and populism.
The New World Disorder (3-4 July)
Director: Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo
In a recent and celebrated speech on global challenges, Henry Kissinger recalled that ‘the answers will be determined by the quality of the questions we ask.’ The International Course of the 2015 FAES Campus aims to raise, in an incisive and direct manner, the key issues of the moment. A moment which analysts do not hesitate to describe as a ‘new world disorder’ and which requires, more than ever, solid principles and clear and shared strategies.
Many are the issues to be addressed with the help of the best international experts. The questions that a nuclear Iran raises. The huge challenge posed by the asymmetric confrontation with the terrorist propaganda of the Islamic State. The limits of the relationship with the new nationalist Russia. The return of old populism in Europe. The uncertain opportunities of Cuban thaw. The necessary Venezuelan transition against the repressive throes of Chavism. All these issues affect us as Spanish, as Europeans and as members of a moral community defined by its defence of freedom, democracy and human rights. And they are all related. It is all about clearing the confusion and redefining the foundations, strategies and alliances of a freer and safer world.
Closing Session (July 5)
03/07/2015 The director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism at the University of Rome, Alessandro Orsini, has said today that ‘someone needs to start a body-to-body combat against the militants of Isis’, and that ‘so far, the West has fought using only the little finger’. Orsini participated in a discussion at the FAES Campus on strategies before the Islamic State, in which the director of the Master on Terrorism at Rey Juan Carlos University, Rogelio Alonso, said that ‘we must have an effect on political leadership, social mobilization and awareness’ and ‘learn to be militant...
03/07/2015 Flemming Rose, has said today that saving freedom of expression ‘in this diverse, digital and complex world’ requires ‘a global conversation’, as ‘freedom of expression is a common issue’. However, he regretted that ‘we are going in the opposite direction and we are having less and less debate and more fragmentation’.
02/07/2015 El profesor de la Escuela de Estudios Superiores en Ciencias Sociales de París, Jordi Canal, ha afirmado hoy que “hay que mantenerse firmes en la defensa de la democracia representativa, la legalidad y los derechos de los individuos” frente al envite del nacionalismo catalán. “En el terreno catalán nos hemos olvidado de hacer política”, ha asegurado durante su conferencia en Campus FAES. María San Gil, patrona de la Fundación Villacisneros, ha denunciado por su parte que el nacionalismo vasco y navarro "quiere cambiar la historia, reescribirla en el sentido que les...
02/07/2015 Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Bologna, Gianfranco Pasquino, has taken part today in the Constitutional Course of the 2015 FAES Campus, where he stated that ‘Populists do not have, and do not recognise, any limit to the exercise of their power.’ In this regard, he noted that ‘populists do not recognize the separation of institutions and of powers’ because ‘there is one single source of power: the people.’
01/07/2015 The first day of the Constitutional Course has been closed by the lecturer Manuel Álvarez Tardío, who was introduced by the journalist Santiago González.
01/07/2015 El ministro de Justicia, Rafael Catalá, ha advertido esta tarde en el Campus FAES que “nos encontramos en la encrucijada de un centro reformista que ha salvado a España de la intervención exterior, la quiebra y la salida del euro frente a un proyecto de ruptura que tiene como modelo la Venezuela bolivariana”. “Reforma frente a ruptura”, ha vaticinado durante su intervención sobre ‘La reforma de la Justicia’.
01/07/2015 The second session of the Constitutional Course has had as speaker the Lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University of Barcelona, Francesc de Carreras, who said that ‘populism has little or nothing to do with democracy' and that ‘if the main party of the left is not the PSOE we will enter a serious crisis of State.’
01/07/2015 José María Aznar has held a meeting this morning with Lilian Tintori, the wife of the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, imprisoned by the regime of Nicolás Maduro. In the meeting, both agreed that political prisoners had to be released to ensure the legitimacy of parliamentary elections next December 6, and also that the EU has to get involved on the ground in the observation of Venezuela's democratic electoral process.
01/07/2015 Manuel Pizarro has taken part today in the opening session of the Constitutional course of the 2015 FAES Campus. In his address he said that ‘the Constitution is in the frontispiece of the Rule of Law, it is the sheltering sky of coexistence’. ‘You cannot make a clean sweep of a Constitution that was so very hard to make’, he said.
30/06/2015 FAES Foundation has launched on Tuesday 30, its strategic report Inequality, Opportunities and the Welfare Society in Spain, which claims that talking about inequality in our country is talking about the performance of the welfare state. In this sense, FAES notes that the duality of the labour market, the performance of the education system, institutional quality and the impact of these three issues on the effectiveness of the welfare state are the main factors explaining inequality in Spain. However, it also states that, overall, Spain is in the intermediate positions of all indicators...
30/06/2015 /30.06.15/.- El director de la Oficina Económica del Presidente del Gobierno, Álvaro Nadal, ha intervenido esta mañana en la segunda jornada del Campus FAES, donde ha afirmado que “si estamos hablando de una crisis griega es porque un gobierno dijo que no había un problema de competitividad sino de reparto, de hacer políticas de demanda y de gastar”.
29/06/2015 The Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, spoke this afternoon at the opening of the Economics course of the 2015 FAES Campus, where he reviewed the growth benefits of the industrial and energy policies developed by the Government in its current term in office. Introduced by the Director of Economics and Public Policy at FAES, Miguel Marin, Soria recalled that ‘today Spain is the fastest growing economy in the entire eurozone’
29/06/2015 The former president of France and president of the Republicans, Nicolas Sarkozy, has delivered the opening conference of the 2015 FAES Campus, held in Guadarrama. During his speech, he spoke about the situation in Greece following the events of recent days, and stated that ‘the question is not how to save the nation, but how to save the eurozone.’
29/06/2015 The former Prime Minister of Spain and president of FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, has introduced the former president of France and president of the Republicans, Nicolas Sarkozy, this morning, who delivered the opening lecture of the XII FAES Campus. Aznar has described Sarkozy as a ‘personal friend and a friend of Spain’ and stressed that ‘he is a political leader who serves as such.’ He has also reviewed the latest situation in Greece, warning against ‘domestic options incompatible with Europe’ and stating that ‘If the European Union accepts the breaking of rules,...
29/06/2015 Maria Dolores de Cospedal has participated in the opening session of the Campus, where she said that ‘those who have no ideology have no project’ and that the PP has before it a ‘transcendental challenge’ to explain what it has done ‘to prevent Spain falling into a situation like the Greek one’. She has also said that FAES Foundation has to be for the party a "guide".