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.
Young people in the Mediterranean and their leisure time
Beyond the cultural uniformity brought about by globalisation in the field of youth leisure, the cultivation of sociability in outdoor activities constitutes a characteristic element of Mediterranean societies.
Lebanon on the EU Migration Roadmap
The journalistic report “Migration Policy Group: Lebanon on the EU Migration Roadmap” was produced by the journalist Mónica Uriel, in the framework of the Migration visiting program to Lebanon organized by the FNF Madrid office with the support of the FNF Lebanon and Syria office. The FNF Madrid Policy Group composed by liberal policy makers and experts from across Europe, North and West Africa, and the Middle East had the opportunity to get to know the reality of migration management in Lebanon first-hand.
"Let Ukraine Go"
Six months after war was unleashed on Ukraine by Russia, a video went viral of a little girl named Amelia singing the theme song from the movie Frozen “Let It Go” to about 30 people in an underground bunker. Above ground, Russian shelling caused utter devastation.
Perspectives on the "fiestas" in the 21st century
Nowadays, with the accelerated changes of all kinds that our society is undergoing, the party, in addition to its intrinsic values, can acquire other dimensions that make it an instrument for promoting social and democratic values.
Youth in the Mediterranean: echoes of the past and the promises of the future
Between 30 and 40% of young people own a house depending on the country. In most of the cases the financial support from parents was crucial (60/70%). This is one of the main findings of the Youth Trans Mediterranean Survey, a joint endeavor of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Madrid office and its srategic partner Esade Centre for Economic Policy (EsadeEcpol) which will be launched in the last quarter of the year.
The Mediterranean on a boat
The Mediterranean is a sea of languages, religions, books and libraries. Perhaps there is no place in the world with such a concentration of libraries, with so many libraries with history. This is a journey through some of those that have marked the life of the Mediterranean and of the author of this text from Beirut to Tangiers.
The Syrian-Lebanese Migration Puzzle: A new EU approach?
The debate about Syrian refugees, particularly in Lebanon, has shifted these past months. Bashar al-Ásad is back on the international scene, and the re-incorporation of Syria in the Arab League has shown that echoes of peace are now part of the future roadmap for the country. In this vein, some voices argued that it’s time for Syrian refugees to go back home, since stability seems to be a new direction for the country. Moreover, Lebanon, the main host country for Syrian refugees, has been facing one of the worst financial crises of its history.