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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.

FAES Campus is devoted to the study and analysis of the most important ideas being currently discussed in Spain. The conferences and round tables around which its activity is organized are held throughout the day–in morning and afternoon sessions–chaired by renowned academics, politicians and analysts, as well as civil society members who share their views and thoughts on current political issues.

The FAES Campus is a privileged setting in which attendees–around sixty per course–enjoy top-level conferences and participate in discussions behind closed doors which take place after the speakers deliver their seminars.

The Campus is aimed at a wide audience interested in political affairs–students, researchers, teachers, etc.–and people who develop their professional activity in the field of public life.


Director: Javier Zarzalejos

Opening Session (June 29)

Course 1

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.

Course 2

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.

Course 3

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)



The Campus will be held in Guadarrama, Madrid.

Centro de Congresos Fray Luis de León, Paseo de la Alameda 39, 28440 Guadarrama. Telephone No. 918 549 590; www.frayluisdeleon.org


Please send application and a brief résumé by email with the course and registration choice (with or without accommodation):




Course without accommodation                  75€ (includes registration, course and meals)

Course with accommodation                       150€ (includes registration, course and full board)



FAES offers a limited amount of scholarships that cover the full cost of the courses. Application for scholarship should be sent along with registration application.






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María de Molina 40, 6ª Pl

Telephone No.: 91 576 68 57


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