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Winston Churchill is attributed with saying that democracy is the “worst form of government, except for all those other forms.” But recent electoral upsets, notably Theresa May’s 2017 election shambles Brexit and Donald Trump’s election in the United States point to potential problems with the West’s representative system. A.C. Grayling, who has explored the problem in his new book Democracy and its Crisis, discusses how democracy has failed, and how to repair it with Manuel Muñiz, Dean of the School of International Relations at IE University.
Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina and philosopher A.C. Grayling meet again in Segovia after a two-year absence, that has brought with it many changes to the world, to talk to Hay Festival founder and director Peter Florence about ethics in today’s world. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant rebellion, the three explore the huge impact of the Protestant Reformation and the way it has changed society, the arts and politics in many countries in the West.
Juan María Nin, a former Vice President and CEO of Caixa Bank and currently an independent advisor to multinational Día and Société Générale, talks to Giles Tremlett about his latest book, Por un crecimiento racional (For Rational Growth). Interpreted from a Spanish perspective, and questioning many traditional precepts, the book deals with the financial crisis, encompassing the past, present and future of the global economic system. The author's vision is illustrated with real examples from his own experience, highlighting events and meetings with key players.
Human rights lawyer and writer Philippe Sands is the author of the acclaimed East West Street, part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller, which explores the links he uncovered between the impact of the holocaust on his family during the Second World War and the Nuremberg Trial, an inquiry that also informs the way contemporary history is developing. He talks to Guillermo Altares of El País about the journey behind East West Street.