_ ‘This crisis does affect us. The Spaniards have important decisions to make that will determine the future’
_ ‘Europe has a major political problem, as there may be domestic options which are incompatible with the Europe’
_ He has described Sarkozy as ‘passionate about politics and a political leader who serves as such’
The former Prime Minister of Spain and president of FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, has introduced the former president of France and president of the Republicans, Nicolas Sarkozy, this morning, who delivered the opening lecture of the XII FAES Campus. Aznar has described Sarkozy as a ‘personal friend and a friend of Spain’ and stressed that ‘he is a political leader who serves as such.’ He has also reviewed the latest situation in Greece, warning against ‘domestic options incompatible with Europe’ and stating that ‘If the European Union accepts the breaking of rules, its future will be seriously compromised.’
Aznar has started his speech by presenting Sarkozy as ‘a personal friend of many years, and friend of Spain’, a country which he said he ‘loves, respects and cares for.’ ‘Nicolas Sarkozy is passionate about politics, to which he has dedicated his life successfully, and a political leader who serves as such at a time in which political leadership is scarce in every country,’ Aznar said.
‘Nicolas knows what making decisions means, what commitment and the risks of leadership are, even when situations are against you, and he exercises it that way,’ the former Prime Minister of Spain stressed. In this sense, he recalled that Sarkozy ‘understood that his party needed to be refounded, that it needed to change, and he has done so by encouraging a profound and dramatic internal transformation’.
Aznar stressed Sarkozy's presence in Spain a few days after the recent terrorist attack in Lyon. About this matter, Aznar has stated that ‘European societies must not only prepare themselves against terrorism but also become more active against it.’ ‘The Europe of fragility and appeasement will never triumph over the threat of terrorism,’ he asserted.
The entrenchment of negotiations between Greece and the European Union has also been analysed by the former Prime Minister, who said that ‘the worst thing that can happen in any institution, in any country, and in this case in the European Union, is not respecting the rules’. ‘The guarantee of a project's success is respecting the rules,’ Aznar reiterated.
‘Europe has a major political problem, as there may be domestic options which are incompatible with Europe’ ‘Political problems need political solutions, and the first one is that if the European Union accepts the breaking of rules, its future will be seriously compromised,’ he concluded.
‘THE GREEK CRISIS DOES AFFECT US’
Prior to this, in his welcome address to the 2015 FAES Campus, which he did with the secretary-general of the Popular Party, María Dolores de Cospedal, Aznar also referred to the situation in Greece, where ‘banks are to stay shut today.’ ‘Now we can't say we have not been notified,’ the former Prime Minister said, who also stressed that ‘it is clear that this crisis does affect us.’ ‘Spain, the Spanish people, have before us some important decisions to make that will determine the future of institutions, the consolidation of the economic recovery, international confidence and the quality of our coexistence,’ he said.
Aznar stressed that ‘all this will be discussed in this campus, where the strengthening of democracy, the recovery of political reputation and populisms, in all its forms, will be very seriously analysed.’ He also reiterated FAES' commitment with the cause of freedom, ‘which is severely compromised and is violently denied to many men and women.’ In this sense he recalled that the campus will also serve the cause of democracy in Venezuela and Cuba and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.