Spain, Italy, Portugal and Mediterranean Dialogue
The Madrid office seeks to strengthen cooperation and political dialogue between representatives from political parties, scientific institutions and civil society organisations from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and the European sphere. We are committed to help contribute to solutions to specific regional challenges in Southern Europe and highlight best practices from this ever more important region for the European integration process. It also seeks to develop a new approach to interregional cooperation in the Mediterranean. With partner organisations, we are developing a liberal approach to geostrategic demands and opportunities in the Mare Nostrum.
Mediterranean coasts of the literature
To speak of Edmond Charlot is to sing the song for the dream of a trans-Mediterranean literature. The melody becomes an elegiac whistle: is it still possible? Born in Algiers on 15 February 1915 and died in Béziers on 10 April 2004, Edmond Charlot tried to do so all his life. Between these two dates, he embodied a vision of humanism for the Mediterranean. He was a bookseller rather than a publisher in his charming little bookshop, Las Verdaderas Riquezas, in Algiers, named after the title of a novel he admired by Jean Giono. In his tiny shop, with an echo of time that still looks back on us, he exhibits works of art and becomes a key figure in French cultural action, not only in North Africa or Algeria, but throughout the Mediterranean.
2023: Crisis on the Mediterranean horizon
The global economy continues to face the challenges of the war in Europe. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and other international organisations, the consequences of the war are predicting a complex economic outlook for 2023.
Migration EU policymaking at the Mediterranean: The Achilles heel?
At the end of last year, the European Commission stepped up its efforts to address the challenges concerning the migration management in the Mediterranean in publishing the “EU Action plan for the Central Mediterranean”.
Women in the Mediterranean Technology and Science Sector
We live in extraordinary times. We have been transformed. The acceleration of digitalisation is here to stay. But there are issues of general interest that do not seem to be evolving as fast as we would like. We are talking about the presence of women in the technological and scientific sector, which continues to be one of the great challenges of today's society. In fact, during the pandemic, efforts to reduce the gender gap came to a standstill and many women were forced to leave their jobs due to the difficulty of achieving a work-life balance.
FNF Madrid and Alicante Futura connect the female talent of the region in the first congress of women executives in the Mediterranean.
Last Thursday, December 15, the first congress of executive women 'Euthenia 2022: The Mediterranean Executive Women Conference' was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Alicante (MACA). This event, promoted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom together with Alicante Futura and with the collaboration of Casa Mediterráneo, was held with the aim of connecting female talent in the region.
Von der Leyen: Iberian Peninsula to be "energy hub" of Europe with H2Med
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, stressed on Friday that the Iberian Peninsula is "called to become one of the main energy centers of Europe" and welcomed the plan to convert the H2Med underwater green hydrogen corridor in a project of "common interest" in the European Union (EU).
The War in Ukraine and Food (In-)Security in Africa
In late November, IPDAL, the leading Portugese foreign policy think tank, FNF Madrid and the Universidade Europeia organized the 3rd Africa XXI conference in Lisbon. The interventions of relevant international organisations, the Portuguese government, foundations, think tanks and private sector leaders, allowed for an in-depth debate about the main issues facing the continent at the moment, particularly in the area of food insecurity as a result of the invasion of Ukraine.