Migration and More: EURO-MENA-SHOW Kick-off for Digital Mediterranean Cooperation in Pandemic Times

The FNF Regional Office for the MENA Region, the FNF Mediterranean Dialogue Project in Madrid and its partner Casa Árabe, the official Spanish institute for relations with the Arab world, organised the EURO-MENA SHOW on 15 July. In addition to solutions to current challenges such as migration, security and tourism, the event focused on connecting elements that underline the common history as well as the inextricably linked present of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

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Meet & Greet Event: The Challenges of Migration in the Middle East and North Africa

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Over two years have passed since the biggest refugee crisis hit Europe since World War II. Still today, it is important for all countries involved to continue exchanging best practices and to enhance their cooperation. Countries of the Middle East and North Africa, especially Jordan, Lebanon and Libya, are among the most experienced countries in the world regarding migration and refugees. Yet, they are facing major problems to implement integration and humanitarian policies. Libya for instance has become the most important transit country for refugees towards Europe since 2011.

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Upcoming event: “Europe and the Arab turmoil: Realpolitik or democratic transformation?”

800px-Demonstrators_on_Army_Truck_in_Tahrir_Square,_CairoMonday, 7 April
12.00 – 14.00 h

In principle, the EU pursues the goal of promoting democracy and prosperity with their policy towards North Africa. Three years ago the protests in the Arab World had a positive impact on the European public’s perception of the region. In the meantime a certain disillusionment has set in and by now analysts prescribe “strategic patience”.
The questions now rightfully being raised is how the developments in the three years since the “Arabellion” are to be assessed? What impact have the diverse European measures to stabilize the transition countries had? What are Europe’s future contributions to the promotion and consolidation of democratic reformation processes? What are the main obstacles to effective development towards a democratic future in the region?

Kindly register by 5 April here. More information.

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Arabische Aktivisten zu Besuch bei der Europäischen Union

Die Umbrüche in der arabischen Welt haben nicht nur die Politik in den Transformationsländern Nordafrikas auf den Kopf gestellt. Auch in den Nachbarregionen, vor allem in Europa hat der „arabische Frühling“ zu einen außenpolitischen Sinneswandel geführt: „Wir müssen anerkennen, dass unsere Politik nicht immer die richtige war in diesem Teil der Welt“, so Alar Olljum, ranghoher  Nahost-Berater vom Auswärtigen Dienst der Europäischen Union in einem Gespräch mit Vertretern arabischer Nichtregierungsorganisationen, die auf Einladung der Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNF) nach Brüssel gekommen waren, um sich vor Ort und aus erster Hand über die Demokratieförderungspolitik der Gemeinschaft zu informieren.
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