Prensa The Freedom Revolution

In 2004, FAES commemorated the 15th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall with a series of conferences in which twelve personalities of politics and thought from both sides of the Iron Curtain took part. His words, memories and lessons were collected in this work.

Prensa John Müller: "The tearing down of the Wall was going to bring new challenges to freedom around the world"

With the fall of the wall, it opened a time of extraordinary optimism, a time for freedom. A time that some said was the end of history. We did not imagine that it would bring new challenges to freedom in every corner of the earth.

Prensa Wilhelm Hofmeister: "Today new walls are being built against freedom and democracy"

"The fall of the Berlin Wall must remind us that the walls of authoritarianism can be destroyed and democracy and freedom can be extended", assures the director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for Spain and Portugal, Wilhelm Hofmeister. "Today new walls against freedom and democracy are being built and all democrats must fight against it," he adds.

Prensa Enikö Györi: "Western Europe takes it for granted to live in a sovereign country without occupation, in freedom and democracy"

"I can appreciate what children of luckier nations than Hungary take for granted: to live in a sovereign country, without foreign occupation, in freedom and democracy. We Hungarians had to fight for all this. I am very proud to be heir to those who have fought for freedom and had the courage to face a left-wing dictatorial totalitarian regime".

Prensa Roberto Ampuero: “Freedom triumphed over the repression that the Wall meant”

Chile’s ambassador to Spain, Roberto Ampuero, lived in exile in the GDR. “Not even through the mechanism of repression that the Berlin Wall meant, socialism could impose itself. Freedom triumphed”, recalls 30 years later.

Prensa Strength of Identity

Europe is in the throes of two simultaneous crises: on the one hand, it is suffering from a political crisis, a crisis of leadership, one that has led to constitutional failure; on the other, it is suffering from a loss of identity, a phenomenon that results in cultural relativism. Marcello Pera, Speaker of the Italian Senate and Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Pisa, delivered a conference entitled “Strength of Identity” during the course of the FAES Campus 2005, a paper which the FAES Foundation is now publishing. Also known as the co-author of the book Senza Radici (“Without Roots”) alongside Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Professor Pera urges European culture to proudly recall and reaffirm its origins and its universal democratic principles: freedom, equality and tolerance. In this respect, Europe must recognise the intrinsic value of a civilisation, Western civilisation, that has given the world so many universal ideas. “Europe must be aware of the moral superiority of a series of values that have prevailed over centuries and that have produced beneficial results wherever they have become established”.

Prensa The Freedom Revolution

11.07.2019. In 2004, FAES commemorated the 15th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall with a series of conferences in which twelve personalities of politics and thought from both sides of the Iron Curtain took part. His words, memories and lessons were collected in this work.

Prensa John Müller: "The tearing down of the Wall was going to bring new challenges to freedom around the world"

11.07.2019. With the fall of the wall, it opened a time of extraordinary optimism, a time for freedom. A time that some said was the end of history. We did not imagine that it would bring new challenges to freedom in every corner of the earth.

Prensa Wilhelm Hofmeister: "Today new walls are being built against freedom and democracy"

11.05.2019. "The fall of the Berlin Wall must remind us that the walls of authoritarianism can be destroyed and democracy and freedom can be extended", assures the director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for Spain and Portugal, Wilhelm Hofmeister. "Today new walls against freedom and democracy are being built and all democrats must fight against it," he adds.

Prensa Enikö Györi: "Western Europe takes it for granted to live in a sovereign country without occupation, in freedom and democracy"

11.05.2019. "I can appreciate what children of luckier nations than Hungary take for granted: to live in a sovereign country, without foreign occupation, in freedom and democracy. We Hungarians had to fight for all this. I am very proud to be heir to those who have fought for freedom and had the courage to face a left-wing dictatorial totalitarian regime".

Prensa Roberto Ampuero: “Freedom triumphed over the repression that the Wall meant”

11.01.2019. Chile’s ambassador to Spain, Roberto Ampuero, lived in exile in the GDR. “Not even through the mechanism of repression that the Berlin Wall meant, socialism could impose itself. Freedom triumphed”, recalls 30 years later.

Publicaciones Strength of Identity

01.01.2005. Europe is in the throes of two simultaneous crises: on the one hand, it is suffering from a political crisis, a crisis of leadership, one that has led to constitutional failure; on the other, it is suffering from a loss of identity, a phenomenon that results in cultural relativism. Marcello Pera, Speaker of the Italian Senate and Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Pisa, delivered a conference entitled “Strength of Identity” during the course of the FAES Campus 2005, a paper which the FAES Foundation is now publishing. Also known as the co-author of the book Senza Radici (“Without Roots”) alongside Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Professor Pera urges European culture to proudly recall and reaffirm its origins and its universal democratic principles: freedom...