Prensa The Greek Labyrinth

In Greek politics, 2015 had been a triumphant year for the Coalition of the Radical Left (commonly known by its acronym SYRIZA) and its leader Alexis Tsipras, as they managed to win two elections (in January and in September) and one referendum (in July). However, only one year after their last victory, both SYRIZA and Mr. Tsipras are in a very difficult position. 

Prensa Timely Contributions

Only two weeks before the elections of 20 December 2015 some very clear messages were delivered so that citizens could be aware of what to expect. Perhaps the most important one was stated by an excellent economist, much criticized for accepting his appointment as Deputy Minister of Economy in the Zapatero government, Jose Manuel Campa. Now, in a statement to Aida Collado, published in Gijón's newspaper El Comercio, on November 29, 2015, he declared nothing less than what follows. First, it is necessary to solve the problems of indebtedness and excessive unemployment, but "if we understand the recovery in terms of the growth of GDP, it is growing (recovery does exist here), in terms of employment, jobs are also beginning to grow." The threats of indebtedness logically push him to argue...

Prensa Elections in Portugal

The victory of the centre-right coalition in Portugal breaks some ideological clichés, very widespread in recent times. For example, the idea that any government that implements tough austerity measures will receive such a strong electoral punishment that it will prevent it from continuing in power. The Portuguese case demonstrates that although the commitment to austerity creates a definite erosion, it can be compatible with a comfortable majority in the polls. The problem is not the austerity policies themselves, but rather the ability of the governments that adopt them to empathize with citizens. To be able to convince them both of their immediate need and their position as an indispensable instrument for a strong and stable recovery. The great success of Pedro Passos Coelho has...

Prensa IN THE FORUM 'FUTURE IN SPANISH'Aznar: “I have made a diagnosis on the results of the Catalan elections, and I have not seen it disavowed by anyone, but rather reaffirmed by almost everyone”

/05.10.15/.- The former Prime Minister of Spain and president of FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, has taken part today in the forum 'Future in Spanish', invited by Vocento Foundation and the Development Bank of Latin America, CAF. Aznar has held a dialogue with the journalist Juan Carlos Iragorri, 2014 King of Spain International Journalism Award, on the challenges faced by Spain and America. In addition, they also discussed the situation in Spain after the Catalan elections and the debate on the constitutional reform. Aznar expressed his surprise at the attacks he received after his first assessment of the results of the Catalan elections: ‘I have made a diagnosis on the results of the Catalan elections, and I have not seen it disavowed by anyone, but rather reaffirmed by...

Prensa Catalá: ‘We are at a crossroads between the reformist centre and a project for rupture’ 

/01.07.15/.- El ministro de Justicia, Rafael Catalá, ha advertido esta tarde en el Campus FAES que “nos encontramos en la encrucijada de un centro reformista que ha salvado a España de la intervención exterior, la quiebra y la salida del euro frente a un proyecto de ruptura que tiene como modelo la Venezuela bolivariana”. “Reforma frente a ruptura”, ha vaticinado durante su intervención sobre ‘La reforma de la Justicia’.

Prensa Against the Crisis: Liberalization and Reforms

Zapatero firmó la Declaración final de la cumbre sobre los mercados financieros en la que, pese a la desinformación y confusión vertidas por el Gobierno, se afirma que las "reformas únicamente tendrán el éxito si están firmemente fundamentadas sobre un firme compromiso con los principios del libre mercado, incluyendo el imperio de la ley, el respeto por la propiedad privada, el comercio y las inversiones libres en los mercados competitivos y se apoyan sobre unos sistemas financieros eficientes y eficazmente regulados".

Prensa The Spanish Economic Model 1996-2004: A Silent Revolution

Between 1996 and 2004, Spain enjoyed the longest period of prosperity in its democratic history. Five million jobs, convergence of up to 98% with regard to the average EU income per capita, low inflation, a favourite destination for foreign investment, reduction of the public debt in terms of GDP, a budget surplus and creation of a Social Security Reserve Fund, are all results of a new economic model introduced by the Partido Popular. The key aspects of this model are described in this book by Lorenzo Bernaldo de Quirós and Ricardo Martínez Rico. The foundations of this new economic model consisted of the following measures: restraints on public expenditure, reorientation of expenditure based on efficiency criteria, reductions in income tax and corporate tax rates, the elimination of certain forms of taxation, privatisation, liberalisation of the goods and services markets, promotion of competition, independent regulatory bodies, labour market reforms and more open economic links with abroad.

Prensa The Central Government Budget for 2006

The Spanish economy has a strong degree of momentum in terms of economic growth (above the European average) based on the significant expansion of domestic demand. Over the year and a half in which the present government has been in power, not a single significant economic measure has been introduced, although the effects of previous reforms continue to be felt.

Prensa 'Reforms Required to Continue Progressing Towards Full Employment' and more

Jaime García-Legaz: Las necesarias reformas para continuar hacia el pleno empleo Alberto Carnero:La Europa reunificada como parte de la comunidad atlántica EspañolJavier Zarzalejos: Reforma constitucional: ¿hay alguien ahí? Miguel Ángel Cortés: La excepción cultural: antidemocrática y perjudicial para la cultura en español 

Prensa The Greek Labyrinth

10.19.2016. In Greek politics, 2015 had been a triumphant year for the Coalition of the Radical Left (commonly known by its acronym SYRIZA) and its leader Alexis Tsipras, as they managed to win two elections (in January and in September) and one referendum (in July). However, only one year after their last victory, both SYRIZA and Mr. Tsipras are in a very difficult position. 

Prensa Timely Contributions

01.11.2016. Only two weeks before the elections of 20 December 2015 some very clear messages were delivered so that citizens could be aware of what to expect. Perhaps the most important one was stated by an excellent economist, much criticized for accepting his appointment as Deputy Minister of Economy in the Zapatero government, Jose Manuel Campa. Now, in a statement to Aida Collado, published in Gijón's newspaper El Comercio, on November 29, 2015, he declared nothing less than what follows. First, it is necessary to solve the problems of indebtedness and excessive unemployment, but "if we understand the recovery in terms of the growth of GDP, it is growing (recovery does exist here), in terms of employment, jobs are also beginning to grow." The threats of indebtedness logically push him to argue...

Prensa Elections in Portugal

10.06.2015. The victory of the centre-right coalition in Portugal breaks some ideological clichés, very widespread in recent times. For example, the idea that any government that implements tough austerity measures will receive such a strong electoral punishment that it will prevent it from continuing in power. The Portuguese case demonstrates that although the commitment to austerity creates a definite erosion, it can be compatible with a comfortable majority in the polls. The problem is not the austerity policies themselves, but rather the ability of the governments that adopt them to empathize with citizens. To be able to convince them both of their immediate need and their position as an indispensable instrument for a strong and stable recovery. The great success of Pedro Passos Coelho has...

Prensa IN THE FORUM 'FUTURE IN SPANISH'Aznar: “I have made a diagnosis on the results of the Catalan elections, and I have not seen it disavowed by anyone, but rather reaffirmed by almost everyone”

10.05.2015.  The former Prime Minister of Spain and president of FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, has taken part today in the forum 'Future in Spanish', invited by Vocento Foundation and the Development Bank of Latin America, CAF. Aznar has held a dialogue with the journalist Juan Carlos Iragorri, 2014 King of Spain International Journalism Award, on the challenges faced by Spain and America. In addition, they also discussed the situation in Spain after the Catalan elections and the debate on the constitutional reform. Aznar expressed his surprise at the attacks he received after his first assessment of the results of the Catalan elections: ‘I have made a diagnosis on the results of the Catalan elections, and I have not seen it disavowed by anyone, but rather reaffirmed by...

Prensa Catalá: ‘We are at a crossroads between the reformist centre and a project for rupture’ 

07.01.2015.  El ministro de Justicia, Rafael Catalá, ha advertido esta tarde en el Campus FAES que “nos encontramos en la encrucijada de un centro reformista que ha salvado a España de la intervención exterior, la quiebra y la salida del euro frente a un proyecto de ruptura que tiene como modelo la Venezuela bolivariana”. “Reforma frente a ruptura”, ha vaticinado durante su intervención sobre ‘La reforma de la Justicia’.

Publicaciones Against the Crisis: Liberalization and Reforms

11.01.2008. Zapatero firmó la Declaración final de la cumbre sobre los mercados financieros en la que, pese a la desinformación y confusión vertidas por el Gobierno, se afirma que las "reformas únicamente tendrán el éxito si están firmemente fundamentadas sobre un firme compromiso con los principios del libre mercado, incluyendo el imperio de la ley, el respeto por la propiedad privada, el comercio y las inversiones libres en los mercados competitivos y se apoyan sobre unos sistemas financieros eficientes y eficazmente regulados".

Publicaciones The Spanish Economic Model 1996-2004: A Silent Revolution

01.01.2006. Between 1996 and 2004, Spain enjoyed the longest period of prosperity in its democratic history. Five million jobs, convergence of up to 98% with regard to the average EU income per capita, low inflation, a favourite destination for foreign investment, reduction of the public debt in terms of GDP, a budget surplus and creation of a Social Security Reserve Fund, are all results of a new economic model introduced by the Partido Popular. The key aspects of this model are described in this book by Lorenzo Bernaldo de Quirós and Ricardo Martínez Rico. The foundations of this new economic model consisted of the following measures: restraints on public expenditure, reorientation of expenditure based on efficiency criteria, reductions in income tax and corporate tax rates, the elimin...

Publicaciones The Central Government Budget for 2006

12.20.2005. The Spanish economy has a strong degree of momentum in terms of economic growth (above the European average) based on the significant expansion of domestic demand. Over the year and a half in which the present government has been in power, not a single significant economic measure has been introduced, although the effects of previous reforms continue to be felt.

Publicaciones 'Reforms Required to Continue Progressing Towards Full Employment' and more

09.01.2004. Jaime García-Legaz: Las necesarias reformas para continuar hacia el pleno empleo Alberto Carnero:La Europa reunificada como parte de la comunidad atlántica EspañolJavier Zarzalejos: Reforma constitucional: ¿hay alguien ahí? Miguel Ángel Cortés: La excepción cultural: antidemocrática y perjudicial para la cultura en español