-“Europe should do more in NATO, but the US should not do less”
-“After Brexit, strengthening ties with the United Kingdom will be of paramount importance, as well as with nations like India, Colombia and Chile”
The former Spanish President and FAES President, José María Aznar, has participated today in the presentation of the book ‘La OTAN en el diseño de la política exterior de los Gobiernos de UCD. El papel de Javier Rupérez’(NATO as part of the UCD’s Foreign Policy design. Javier Rupérez’s role), where he has urged to “revitalise the institutions that have been the cornerstone of the Atlantic world, because they stablished a legal and legitimate framework for the liberal world order”. “NATO has been working these 70 years, it has protected our political systems and our freedoms, but it needs to adapt to the new geopolitical environment”, he assured.
For Aznar, this adaptation requires “US leadership, a stronger Europe and a common vision”. “Clearly, Europe should do more, but the US should not do less, since the Atlantic Alliance is not the result of adding all its members, but it is even more, it is a military alliance and a political value”, he claimed.
“After Brexit, strengthening ties with the United Kingdom will be of paramount importance, as well as with nations like India, Colombia and Chile”, the former president has asserted, and he has reiterated that “the Transatlantic Alliance should become something bigger. The ‘West’ can no longer be defined as a geographic concept, but rather as a community of shared values and joint actions”. “Spain is an Atlantic nation. We share the Atlanticism’s values and policies and our future will be tied to the strengthening of those values and policies”, he highlighted.
‘La OTAN en el diseño de la política exterior de los Gobiernos de UCD. El papel de Javier Rupérez’ (NATO as part of the UCD’s Foreign Policy design. Javier Rupérez’s role), written by the PhD doctor in Contemporary History by UNED, Ana Capilla, is in Aznar’s words “an opportune, important and necessary book which proves that the project designed by the UCD (Unión de Centro Democrático - Democratic Centrist Union), and specially by Javier Rupérez, for the foreign policy of a democratic Spain considered from the very beginning belonging to the Atlantic Alliance as a key element of the project.” Furthermore, the book “contributes to the debate of the crisis of the transatlantic relations, proves the Atlantic vocation of the Spanish centre-right and its achievements so that Spain would become part of the Atlantic family, and it explains that the construction of the common Defence starts by the Nation-State”. “We did not give up the national Defence and Security policy because we knew it was the basis for the common Defence”, Aznar reminded.