/14.05.13/.- FAES Foundation has organised the working breakfast ‘European Digital Single Market: Entrepreneurs and SMEs’, with the participation of the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Jose Manuel Soria, the Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani; MEP and member of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Pablo Arias, and the Secretary-General of FAES, Javier Zarzalejos.
/30.04.13/.- José María Aznar stated that “In a global scenario where competition runs rife the best way forward is to move closer: closer together and closer to the values that distinguish us” and added “Let us make the Atlantic a true cradle for freedom, democracy, stability and prosperity in the world”. Aznar delivered these statements during the presentation of the FAES report TAFTA. The Case for an Open Transatlantic Free Trade Area in Washington, which updates the Foundation’s proposal to create a free trade area between Europe and the United States. “That is what the Atlantic alliance is about: about working together to better face the fundamental challenges the 21st Century has in store”, he said.
/04.12.13/.- José María Aznar and Mauricio Macri, head of the Government of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, have opened the ‘1st FAES Forum on Latin America’ in the Argentinean capital, with the participation of 80 political leaders, economic experts, intellectuals and scholars from Europe, Latin America and the United States. The Forum has focused on three major topics: democracy, institutions and the Rule of Law; parties and political action; and economy and civil society.
/23.04.13/.- José María Aznar ha recibido en las últimas semanas a varios representantes de la disidencia cubana que se encontraban de visita en España. Aznar ha mantenido encuentros en la sede de la Fundación FAES con la bloguera Yoani Sánchez; el presidente de la Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional, CCDHRN, Elizardo Sánchez Santacruz, y la líder del movimiento opositor Damas de Blanco, Berta Soler, así como con Rosa María Payá, hija del fallecido Oswaldo Payá, que fuera líder del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, MCL.
/08.04.13/.- José María Aznar has expressed his deepest sorrow over the death of Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He stressed his conviction that her “reforming energy and passion for freedom are her greatest legacy". In his opinion, “Margaret Thatcher is undeniably one of the main political figures of the 20th century. She was an example of conviction, courage and had to be ability to respond to any challenge. She was, indeed, one of the strongest and most courageous advocates of freedom of the past century”.
Articles by Aznar on Thatcher in El Mundo (09.04.13) and La Razón (10.04.13)
Margaret Thatcher, 2010 FAES Freedom Award
El Presidente, el Papa y la Primera Ministra. Un trío que cambió el mundo, by John OSullivan (Gota a Gota, 2008)
FAES Papers 99.- Thatcher: Consensus and Circumstances, by Tom Burns
/03.01.13/.- José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain and President of FAES Foundation, closed the joint FAES -EIN seminar on democracy and institutional building after the ‘Arab Spring’ and the creation of a transatlantic prosperity area.
/04.02.13./- José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain and president of FAES Foundation, participated on Monday, February 4, in the presentation of the documentary archive on Gregorio Ordoñez in Madrid, murdered 18 years ago by the terrorist group ETA. This archive gathers and asserts the legacy of the fight for freedom and against terrorism initiated by the man that used to be councillor of the PP in San Sebastián and MP representing Guipúzcoa in the Basque Parliament. Organized by FAES and the Gregorio Ordoñez Foundation, the event also hosted as speakers the former mayor of Lizarza Regina Otaola, and Ana Iribar, the widow of the former popular leader, who is also the president of the Ordoñez Foundation.
Read here Aznar’s address (in Spanish)
/11.01.13/.- José María Aznar held a public dialogue with Chile’s centre-right presidential precandidates, Andrés Allamand and Laurence Golborne during the first FAES Campus Chile and chaired by the president of the Union of Latin American Parties (UPLA), Jovino Novoa.
FAES CAMPUS CHILE
Aznar: ‘The historical continuity of a Nation deserves to be defended with courage and conviction’
Interview to Aznar by ‘El Mercurio’ from Chile (12.01.13) (in Spanish)
Programme of the FAES Campus Chile
/26.12.12./ FAES Foundation has undertaken several significant activities throughout the year 2012. These include the celebration of events such as the Ceremony granting the IV FAES Freedom Award to Mario Vargas Llosa; the ninth edition of the FAES Campus and its counterparts in Argentina, Colombia, Central America and the Caribbean and Peru; and the publishing and launching of the reports Rescuing the Euro, El mito fiscal. Razones para un debate and Latin America. An Agenda for Freedom 2012. Furthermore, FAES has published the four annual editions of its journal Cuadernos de Pensamiento Político, six FAES Papers and, through its imprint Gota a Gota, three new books.
/24.10.12/.- The former Prime Minister of Spain and president of FAES, José María Aznar, has stressed that “Reforms must be made to secure the foundations of a Spain that’s strong and modern” during the award ceremony of the FAES Freedom prize to the Nobel Prize Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Read the book with the lectures here