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.
Taking advantage of opportunities in the Mediterranean region
The “Autumn Reception“ of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Madrid this year focused on the opportunities offered by the current challenges. Long-term problems, such as the shortage of skilled workers, were addressed and the resulting opportunities, in the form of an ambitious labour market, but also obligations, exemplified by the lifting of every potential of young talent, regardless of socio-economic background - were explained. The "Impulse Talks" format in which the event took place allowed the topics to be examined from various perspectives.
Italy's entanglements with Russia and the parties' energy programs
Russia and Italy have been more closely linked since the 1960s than many realize. Italy was home to the largest communist party this side of the Iron Curtain in Europe, and its business community concluded one lucrative industrial and energy treaty after another with Russia - at the behest not least of Italy's conservative Christian Democrats.
Investing in the Mediterranean. Europe and Africa hand to hand
If there is one certainty since 2020, it is that the global economic situation is changing and unstable, and this makes it difficult to project the investment climate. In recent years, we have seen promising projects hit by a global pandemic. On the other hand, as is usually the case, business opportunities have also arisen. In this context, what is the future of investment?
Meloni's march towards Rome - Italy threatened with a shift to the right
For the first time, a woman has the chance to become Italy's prime minister. Giorgia Meloni is female, modern and - ultra-right. She has managed to transform her party, the "Fratelli d’Italia (FdI)” (Brothers of Italy), from a fringe party to the strongest political force that also finds acceptance in the bourgeois camp. How could this happen? An attempt to explain the Meloni phenomenon.
Nicaraguan activist Berta Valle makes humanitarian appeal during her visit to Spain
The Nicaraguan political activist and wife of the politician Felix Maradiaga (currently a political prisoner), Berta Valle, has come to Spain with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom to criticize and condemn the current situation in her country and call for support and key international allies to defend human rights and help to make the current problem visible.
Premiere of the documentary Voices in Motion
The development of migratory flows to the European continent is an unstoppable phenomenon, but with a lot of complexity in its management. The Madrid office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation wanted to delve into this reality and has shot on this purpose a documentary that seeks to reflect the realities of migrants living in Spain. Do not miss the documentary and summary of the premiere that took place in Barcelona last July.
Election in Italy: The clock is ticking inexorably
Italy's general election will be held on Sept. 25. The short, two-month election campaign so far has focused on inflation, rising living and energy costs, the Ukraine war and migration. Italy's right-wing bloc, led by the far-right Fratelli d'Italia in coalition with the Lega and Forza Italia, has good prospects of achieving an absolute majority in both chambers, analyzes Rahel Zibner, Project Manager for Italy.