FAES political principles
FAES defends the idea that individual freedom is the value enabling every person to advance, achieve objectives and live their life according to their own decisions. Individual freedom also enables society as a whole to evolve and improve. No presumed collective right should ever be placed over individual freedom.
Democracy is the only form of government respecting individual freedom and human rights. A representative government, the Rule of Law, and respect for the laws are at the basis of an advanced society.
Today, terrorism stands as the greatest threat to open societies. It entails one of the most serious forms of coercion in societies; FAES is aware of this and thus analyses the risks and seeks strategies to confront this threat.
Market economy has proved its superiority as a system for allocating resources efficiently, creating wealth, and improving collective prosperity. Economies with balanced budgets, lower taxes and rational public spending, governed by the principle of minimum public intervention, generate better social results and are more respectful of individual freedoms.
FAES believes in Spain as a nation; a plural and united nation. It supports the strengthening of the national bonds joining all Spaniards, and the appropriate articulation of these bonds as shown in the Constitution. FAES draws attention to the problems of coexistence and the reduction of freedoms generated by nationalist regimes.
FAES is a Foundation which defends the concept of Europe. The European Union is a union of different nations, joined by shared values and the will to promote the free movement of people, goods, services and capital across the continent as a means of safeguarding freedom and peace.
The transatlantic link between Europe and the United States is essential to defend freedom, democracy and the Western way of life. Europe and the United States must work in concert at all times to defend these values against the threats they face today, especially those posed by terrorism and fundamentalism.
Latin America is an integral part of the Western community, with which it shares its values. Democracy, political and economic freedom, and the Rule of Law pave the only possible road for the full development of all Latin American nations.