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.
Spain's view of North Africa
The African continent is awakening. Aware of its great diversity and also its problems, it strives to open roads and attract other countries to collaborate and join in its progress. Spain, for historical, geopolitical and cultural reasons... also looks towards Africa, towards those places bathed by the Mediterranean Sea where trade relations and investment open up new opportunities.
Liberal Values in Play: Unveiling the 'Freedom Heroes' Board Game
The FNF Madrid office joined efforts with the FNF Morocco office and the Youth Task Force (an initiative of the FNF Morocco office) to present the board game "Freedom Heroes" at an event held last week in Rabat, Morocco. The launch event in Rabat convened 20 young individuals hailing from various locations across Morocco. The program was crafted to acquaint participants with the game and provide them with an opportunity to explore its educational, strategic, and entertaining potential.
EU-Africa Relations in the Limelight
The Africa XXI annual conference is going to be held on the 23rd of November in the Universidade Europeia, in Lisbon. This initiative is a joint endeavor of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Madrid office together with its Portuguese partner, Institute for the Promotion of Latin American and the Caribbean (IPDAL).
Euthenia Conference 2023: Mediterranean Women Leading the Change
The Euthenia Conference 2023, themed "Mediterranean Women Leading the Change," was an inspiring and impactful event that celebrated the pivotal role of women in leadership and entrepreneurship. Held on October on October 18 and 19 in the citiy Alicante, the conference provided a platform for professionals to connect, share insights, and explore opportunities for growth and collaboration in the context of women’s rights and empowerment.
Portugal's Prime Minister Costa resigns - new elections in March 2024
Portugal's political landscape is in turmoil: António Costa, Portugal's prime minister and leader of the Socialists since 2015, has resigned amid allegations of involvement in influence peddling, corruption and questionable behavior regsrding energy projects. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa reacted with concerns on the political instability. The corruption scandal could have far-reaching consequences for Portugal's political future.
Publication launch: Young People Facing the Permanent Crisis
The publication "Young People Facing the Permanent Crisis: Expectations, Preferences, and Attitudes towards Socio-Economic Realities" is going to be launched during an online event taking place on the 14th of November, at 16h. This joint endeavor of the FNF Madrid office and its partner EsadeEcPol, aims to shed light on the unique challenges and opportunities facing young individuals in Mediterranean countries.
Irregular Maritime Migration from Lebanon since 2019: Conflict, crisis and migration
Lebanon’s state of crisis has rummaged the country since it began in 2019. The World Bank classified Lebanon's economic meltdown as one of the most severe global crisis episodes since the mid-nineteenth century. Additionally, the Fragile Country Index has now placed it as one of the most fragile states in the world, in the category “Alert”, just after Niger and before countries such as Venezuela and Palestine. The explosion in Beirut's port in 2020, which devastated several districts of the city, further exacerbated an already dire situation.