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.
The submarine tunnel between Europe and Africa is closer
It is a dream that dates back to 1869, when the Spanish Public Works Council considered the possibility of connecting Europe and Africa through a tunnel under the Strait of Gibraltar. It was a time when the railway was beginning to consolidate its take-off as a major means of transport for people and goods and the construction of the new and necessary iron roads cut through mountains to facilitate the passage of convoys.
FNF Madrid and the Alicante City Council bring together female executives in the first congress that promotes female talent in the Mediterranean
From the 14th-16th of December, FNF Madrid will organize a conference for a community of executive women in the Mediterranean region, called “EUTHENIA”. This conference will be held in Alicante, and it is a project in collaboration with the municipality of Alicante, Alicante Futura, Casa Mediterráneo and FNF Female Forward Ambassador Eva Diaz. The conference is part of a larger project for executive women that we will be developing further in 2023.
Reflections on democracy
If Woke Liberalism aims to create change, where is the movement going a little too extreme? How can we point out what works and what doesn't work so that Liberalism and its clear purpose can be more effective? Victoria Campbell-Gillies brings to light the importance of liberal democracy in a time when extremism is on the rise.
Migration dispute between Berlin and Rome
The traffic light coalition in Berlin will in future fund private sea rescue in the Mediterranean with 2 million euros annually - until 2026. In conjunction with the still valid "Dublin III Regulation", which places the main burden of asylum procedures on the countries of first arrival in the EU, this has drawn some sharp criticism from Italy. The issue of migration is known to divide society here and has been a central theme in frequent election campaigns for years. The success of the right-wing government of Fratelli d'Italia, Lega, and Forza Italia in this September's elections can also be attributed in part to the heated migration debate.
The Mediterranean, the sea of two shores
The memory of the Mediterranean begins with a wonderful song by Juan Manuel Serrat, which has been heard for many years all over the world, it goes through the sadness of the immigrants who do not achieve their dream, because we cannot forget the data of the IOM, which states the death or disappearance of 1,522 migrants in 2022, and it is the sea of the two different shores and both exciting where the historical cultures that the passing of the centuries do not forget meet.
Are we really a diverse society?
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation brought together leading experts and opinion leaders to discuss diversity and released its publication, Are We Really a Diverse Society? The publication gathers reflections on the complex, misunderstood and overused concept of diversity and features, among others, influencer Adriana Boho and experts such as Sara Giménez, congresswoman for Ciudadanos and president of Fundación Secretariado Gitano, Eva Diaz, CEO of Shaping The New, José Ignacio Pichardo, PhD in social anthropology, or Sylvia Jarabo, managing partner of Promising Women.
Studying Climate Change and Other Causes of Migration at its Origin
In the framework of a project that is now approaching its third anniversary, the FNF Madrid office, alongside the Dakar office, organised a study trip to Senegal, in order to investigate and better understand the root causes of migration in the region, with special focus on climate change. The trip was part of the Migration Policy Group which the Mediterranean Dialogue of the Madrid Office has been cultivating and strengthening for the past couple of years.