_ 30 years later, liberal democracy is once again threatened by the same totalitarian forces and by the pressure of political correctness
_ ”The wall did not fall; it was torn down by freedom fighters who lived under communist tyrannies and fought against them”
The former president of the government and president of FAES, José María Aznar, has assured that on November 9, the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, “we commemorate a great triumph of freedom and we have much to celebrate, but we must also begin an era of being very alert in defence of our free and open societies”.
"Today the liberal democracies are again under threat from those defeated by the fall of the Berlin Wall," said Aznar in a video from the Fundación FAES, in which he wanted to recall first of all that "the Berlin Wall did not fall; it was demolished by freedom fighters who lived under communist tyrannies and who were able to fight against them”.
José María Aznar's video is the first in a series of testimonies compiled by FAES to commemorate today the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In this way, FAES will make known every day the opinion of personalities from politics, economy, academy and culture. Thus, in recordings of no more than one minute that can be followed through the website and social networks of the Fundación, these people will tell anecdotes and experiences of that time, give their different points of view and recall the impact that this event.
According to FAES, the collapse of the Berlin Wall was undoubtedly a triumph of liberal democracy as an ethical, political and economic system superior to communist totalitarianism. Unfortunately, thirty years later, liberal democracy is once again threatened by the same totalitarian forces and by the pressure of political correctness.
The first of the testimonies will be that of President José María Aznar. He will be followed by the director of FAES and MEP Javier Zarzalejos; the former Hungarian ambassador to Spain and MEP Enikö Györi; the Chilean ambassador to Spain and former political exile in the GDR Roberto Ampuero; the Spanish ambassador and member of the FAES Board Javier Rupérez; professor and editor of Die Zeit Josef Joffe; IE Business School economist and professor Fernando Fernández; deputy director of the Institute of European Studies at CEU-San Pablo Belén Becerril University; columnist John Müller; former Ministry of Defence advisor Jesús de Ramón-Laca, and international relations professor and FAES board member Mira Milosevich.