es you to attend MIT Sloan School of Management Dean’s Innovative Leader Series: Relaunching Growth in Europe by Spain’s Former Prime Minister José María Aznar.
When: Monday December 6, 12pm
Where: MIT Wong Auditorium Tang Center (E51) map
Before José María Aznar took office as president of Spain, his country was economically paralyzed by high unemployment, a deficit, and little growth. President Aznar instituted numerous economic reforms including liberalizing the market and privatizing industry, in turn creating five million new jobs and a budget surplus. His changes increased Spain’s GNP by 68 percent and propelled Spain to the eighth largest economy in the world.
A lawyer, President Aznar has spent his career in politics, representing increasingly larger constituencies and becoming head of the Partido Popular (People’s Party). President Aznar won the election in 1996. When he was sworn into office in front of King Juan Carlos, the transfer of power from Felipe Gonzalez to José María Aznar was a historic occasion; it was only the second time in 60 years in Spain that power passed from one elected party to another.
Join us as President Aznar discusses how the loosening of economic borders will influence Europe’s economic future and the survival of the EU in today’s international marketplace.