_He has stated the need to recover the realm of politics as an exercise of trust and not as a simple way to manage fear
_In his opinion more Europe means a better Europe: more transparency, competitiveness, responsibility and solidarity
_He has previously held a meeting with the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, who was in charge of hosting the IDC meeting
The former President of the Government and President of FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, has given a speech today in Budapest at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Democratic Center (IDC-CDI), of which he is Honorary President. Aznar has stressed the importance of advocating for ideas and restoring the politics in response to the confidence crisis, has pointed out the challenges of the technological revolution, and has appealed to the strengthening of Europe. "We must face reality with political leadership and solidarity among the members of the Union," as he assured.
Prior to his participation in the event, José María Aznar has had a meeting with the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, host of the IDC meeting. "Ideas are always important in politics, but today they are more necessary than ever. We cannot live in the world of the past, "said Aznar in his speech, where he has also listed the technological revolution and new political trends as" urgent challenges for politics and institutions. " "We do not have an answer to everything, but we have to at least, be able to know which are the right questions to ask ourselves," he steered, and has raised the question concerning whether educational, migratory and middle-class policies are responding to these challenges.
The President of FAES has an opposing view regarding the existence of a "dynamic Europe, determined to face its problems and with the will to continue its successful history”, in contrast with a "fearful Europe, surpassed by the changes". In his opinion, it is that Europe that seeks refuge in nationalism and populism, and it is also made of young people who have lost their confidence in the system because they do not find opportunities for themselves anymore.
"Here lies our greatest political challenge. Telling that Europe: 'This is not the way to achieve our goals'", he assured. For this, he has claimed the need to recover the realm of politics as an exercise of trust and not a simple way to manage fears: "We can recover that trust if we offer our societies proposals that safeguard their long-term interests; if the political leadership is capable of promoting new objectives, and if we strengthen the legitimacy of the institutions ".
Gathering of leaders
Aznar has stressed his thoughts in the meeting of leaders of the International Democratic Center with the former president of Colombia and current President of the (IDC-CDI), Andrés Pastrana; the former Mayor of Caracas and the opposition to the Venezuelan regime of Antonio Ledezma, and the General Secretary of the European People's Party and Executive Secretary of the IDC, Antonio López-Isturiz, among others.
For Aznar, more Europe means a better Europe. A higher level of transparency, competitiveness, responsibility and solidarity. And he has repeatedly warned about the breach opened by the Brexit and by the US administration's vision of the transatlantic relationship, which "must be readdressed, whilst the Atlantic dimension is essential for Europe."
"The European Union is not risking it´s collapse," he assured, and has voiced its hope in Europe's ability to implement the required reforms and ensure the sustainability of the welfare system. "But it's not enough to be able to do so. We must face the reality with political leadership and solidarity among the members of the European Union, "he added.
At the meeting of the Board of Directors of the IDC, which ends today, the incorporation of Álvaro Uribe, the former President of Colombia and “Renovación Nacional de Chile”, has been approved into the body of the Democratic Centre parties. A resolution on Venezuela has also been issued, about the political, social and economic crisis that the country is going through. Along the lines of the text, the IDC assures that Venezuela has ceased to be a democracy, deplores the expulsion of the Spanish Ambassador, and demands Nicolás Maduro to cease of the manipulation of the Constitution and to respect human rights.
Translated by David Alonso Galera