‘Rethinking The World’

“Rethinking the World – 111 Surprises of the 21st Century” – this not only is the title of the collection of articles by author Moisés Naím recently published by the Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial imprint Debate but also the title of the debate that took place at the end of April 2016 at Espacio Bertelsmann in Madrid. The former Prime Minister of Spain Felipe González and author Moisés Naím discussed the developments and events of the 21st century in the cultural center. In his articles, Naím deals with ideas of the past years from the perspective of diverse subject areas including global policies, international business and economic development.

“Getting enthusiastic for Europe”

In the debate, which was organized by the Spanish daily newspaper “El País” and the publisher Debate, González and Naím spoke about the volatility of power, the governance and democracy crisis in the country and about global developments in business, journalism and the media. Moisés Naím discussed concepts such as “ideological necrophilia”, which he defined as “a passionate love for antiquated concepts or dead ideas”. Despite numerous examples proving that they do not work or produce bad results, these concepts give hope and support political parties, universities and media. Naím emphasized the importance of Europeans “getting enthusiastic for Europe” in order to avoid losing their position in the world and to strengthen their common values.

Two experienced world politicians

Moisés Naím, born 1952 in Libya, is an author, journalist and politician. He was Minister of Trade and Industry for Venezuela and from 1992 to 1994 Executive Director of the World Bank. Since 2000 he has been Editor-in-Chief of the magazine “Foreign Policy”. Debate has published several of Naím’s nonfiction books. Felipe González was elected Secretary General of the PSOE in 1974 and was Prime Minister of Spain from 1982 to 1996. He kept his seat in parliament until the year 2000. In 2007 he was appointed to the EU “Wise Men” group, which elected him as its chairman.