Madrid.—Rajoy and Aznar were in the town of Guadarrama, near Madrid, to participate in the closure for the summer of the campus of the Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies, or FAES, which is affiliated with the governing Partido Popular, and headed by Aznar.

The two politicians met briefly before the closing ceremony.
Rajoy emphasised the economic reforms his government is pursuing and said that “we cannot say, as we have been able to before, that Spain is doing well, but Spain is getting better and the course set is the correct one.” The Spanish economy “has turned the corner” and is already “on the road towards recovery,” Rajoy said. The FAES recently published a report in which it urges “fewer taxes and that they be low and simple ones” to allow Spain to return to creating jobs, and it went on about the idea expressed by Aznar that it is necessary to lower taxes in a time of crisis like the present one. “We have received the foundation's proposal, and I'm absolutely convinced that the experts will pay attention to their suggestions,” Rajoy said.
Last week, the Council of Ministers approved the creation of the committee of experts to which Rajoy referred, who have until March 2014 to make proposals for the new tax system that the government is scheduled to approve next year.

Aznar recently criticised Rajoy government's austerity policies in a television interview and demanded a tax cut to spur economic recovery.
He also suggested that he might return to politics which raised a few eyebrows in some political circles, no less than the PP.