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Public Panel Discussion: Jointly Strengthening Europe: Germany and Italy in Times of Global Challenges

Marlene Pfau
Marlene Pfau

Video recording of the public panel discussion of the third German-Italian Young Leaders' Dialogue - Spinelli Forum - on 20 November 2023 at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

The far-reaching changes brought about by Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine are increasing the pressure on the EU to take united action: This applies in particular to the reorganisation of the European security order. The enlargement of the EU is a geopolitical necessity, which goes hand in hand with the necessary reforms to safeguard the EU's own ability to act. At the same time, the competitiveness of European economies in global competition must be secured and the major transformations resulting from climate change and digitalisation must be successfully shaped. Close cooperation between the partners and founding members of the EU, Germany and Italy, is essential in tackling these common challenges.

At this year's closing conference of the third "German-Italian Young Leaders' Dialogue - Spinelli Forum", Dr Anna Lührmann, Minister of State for Europe and Climate at the Federal Foreign Office and Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the Italian Foreign Ministry, Maria Tripodi, discussed Germany and Italy's joint contribution to overcoming these challenges

IEP Director Funda Tekin and Antonio Villafranca, ISPI Director of Studies and Co-Head of the Europe and Global Governance Centre, gave the welcoming speeches. The event was moderated by Florian Eder.

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About the German-Italian Young Leaders Dialogue – Spinelli Forum project: The Spinelli Forum aims to strengthen relations between Italy and Germany in the long term. Young leaders from both countries jointly develop recommendations for action to address current European challenges.

Image copyright: Marlene Pfau