FAES launches Europa ante una crisis global in Madrid



Pizarro: "We have still pending the revolution of culture and growth", since "the crisis is also cultural and moral"

Pérez-Díaz: "We must search for formulae to change and mutate into the culture of common sense and the basic moral sense"

Salvati: "Spain and Italy are very different countries, but they share a common weakness: the low growth of productivity"

Zarzalejos: "this is a book we have promoted thinking of Spain" and in "how to strengthen civil society"

Published by Gota a Gota and coordinated by Víctor Pérez-Díaz, it includes articles by experts like Donges, Kaplan or Joffe

Madrid, 13.06.12.- FAES Foundation has launched the book "Europa ante una crisis global" on Wednesday, June13, which was coordinated by the Social Scientist Víctor Pérez-Díaz and published by Gota a Gota. With the author, other personalities at the presentation were the President of Baker & McKenzie Spain and member of the FAES Board of trustees, Manuel Pizarro; the economist and former Italian MP, Michele Salvati; and FAES Secretary-General, Javier Zarzalejos.

In his address, Manuel Pizarro stressed the importance of acknowledging that "We have still pending the revolution of culture and growth", since "the crisis is not only financial, it is also cultural and moral". "Accountability is necessary because a society without checks and balances will lead to impunity, which is the major injustice, and the end of which is concealing everything ", he remarked.

In this sense, Pizarro noted that "the better the culture of intelligence and moral virtue, the greater the geostrategic and governance capability we'll have". "The key issue to fix the situation we are enduring is the quality of the relationship between an open and reasonable political class and citizens' civil sense", he stated.

At the book launch, Víctor Pérez-Díaz reflected upon how to "introduce a lived culture, and not a preaching one, in society". He thus made a call for "seeking formulae to change and mutate into the culture of common sense and the basic moral sense". "When facing complex situations, we must understand what's happening, we have to look to history", as "intelligence explains, focuses and enables us to cooperate and trust that problems will be solved. The solution lies in reflexion and in reasoning", he added.

In his address, Michele Salvati focused on the current situations Spain and Italy are going through, to which he referred as "very different countries, but they share a common weakness: the low growth of productivity not compensated by a low growth of salaries", which results, according to him, "in high labour costs". Without having the possibility of depreciating the currency, the solution is complicated, due to the cost of structural reforms in terms of political consensus" and its "low performance in the short and medium term with regard to productivity", he stated. Lastly, he also added that "the Spanish political system is, compared to the Italian one, the ideal one". "With a good organisation and after a phase of slight asphyxia, it may manage to fix its situation more easily", he concluded.

Finally, Javier Zarzalejos declared that "Europa ante una crisis global. Economía, geoestrategia, sociedad civil y valores" is a book we have promoted thinking of Spain. We did not wish to do an introspection exercise, which we Spaniards seem so fond of doing and which nearly always end in melancholy. We wanted to see our problems from the global environment we are in and, from it, think about how to strengthen civil society, how can we make the State more effective and sustainable and how to reform our economic model, which must continue to be based on better running markets".


This book, published by the FAES' imprint, Gota a Gota, compiles a set of articles written by fourteen international scholars, experts in different fields of social science, amongst which are Professor Emeritus of Political Economics at the University of Cologne, Juergen Donges; senior fellow of the Center for a New American Security, Robert Kaplan; the editor of the German newspaper Die Ziet, Josef Joffe; or the director of the British think tank ResPublica, Phillip Blond. The papers were prepared by their authors for a cycle of seminars sponsores by FAES and celebrated in Madrid.

Víctor Pérez-Díaz is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the European Academy. President of Analistas Socio-Pol?ticos, he has also held a Chair at the Universidad Complutense. Furthermore, he has been visiting professor at Harvard, MIT, California, Nueva York and Sciences Politiques de Par?s, as well as fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. Some of his books are The return of civil society and Spain at the crossroads (Harvard), Markets and Civil Society (Berghahn) and Una interpretación liberal del futuro de España (Taurus).