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.
Relaunched Euro-Mediterranean agenda: Future-oriented and innovative
Earlier this month, the European Commission stepped up its efforts to renew its partnership with Southern Neighbourhood countries in publishing a “New Agenda for the Mediterranean”. 25 years after the Barcelona Declaration and a decade after the Arab uprisings, many political, socio-economic, environmental and security challenges remain.
Spain does not calm down after the arrest of rapper. More serenity!
On the night of Sunday to Monday, Catalonia saw its sixth consecutive night of heavy riots after the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasél on Tuesday. He had not started a prison sentence to which he had been sentenced for "inciting terrorism and insulting the royal family and government institutions."
Whatever it takes for Italy
Following the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Italy is expecting a government of national unity. This government is set up to lead the country out of the current crisis until the next regular elections in 2023.
Tackling Migration Issues - European Network of Liberal Experts
At FNF Madrid, earlier this month we hosted a meeting with migration experts from Renew Europe, the liberal caucus in the European Parliament (EP), and from ALDE (Alliance of of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party), the pan-European liberal party family.
The autonomous region of Catalonia elects a new regional parliament at the height of the 3rd corona wave. The favorite is Salvador Illa, former Spanish health minister and leading candidate of the socialist party. But even if his party were to win the election on Sunday, that would not guarantee participation in government, analyzes David Henneberger.
Canary Islands: First stop or final destination for Migrants from Africa?
In November 2020, 8.200 migrants arrived at the Canary Islands by the sea route. The report about irregular migration of the Spanish Ministry of the Interior reveals a growth rate of 756.8% during 2020 compared to 2019, equivalent to 23.023 arrivals. A historic record for the Spanish archipelago.
Political Turmoil in Italy: Next Exit “Ursula-Coalition”?
After the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a new government needs to be formed in Italy. One of the most discussed options is a government of an “Ursula” majority, referring to the fact that the parties involved have chosen Ursula von der Leyen as President of the EU Commission.