September 24, 2021

Launch of the Spinelli Forum: the first dialogue forum for young German and Italian leaders at the Federal Foreign Office

How can Germany and Italy strengthen Europe’s capability to act both internally and in the international arena? That is the question 60 young leaders from Germany and Italy will be discussing on 27 and 28 September 2021 in the context of the Spinelli Forum in Berlin.

Discussions will centre on the major challenges in European politics in the areas of foreign, security and economic policy. During the two-day hybrid conference, participants from the fields of politics, administration, business, science and the media in the two countries will work on drafting concrete proposals – in person and virtually.

The Forum will be opened by State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office Miguel Berger and Secretary General Ettore Francesco Sequi of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and closed by interventions of Minister of State Michael Roth, Senator Laura Garavini and Ambassador Varricchio. The participants will be assisted in the workshops by selected experts.

Following the Spinelli Forum, the policy recommendations drafted by the participants will be uploaded onto the organisers’ websites and onto the Conference on the Future of Europe platform.

The Spinelli Forum is organised by the German Council on Foreign Relations in cooperation with the Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) at the initiative of the Federal Foreign Office and the Italian Foreign Ministry. After the Forum had to be cancelled at short notice last year due to the pandemic, the conference is now to take place for the first time in a hybrid format in Berlin.

The conference fosters exchange between the decision-makers of tomorrow in both countries, thereby providing fresh impetus for German-Italian cooperation on the questions defining the future of Europe. Participants work together to find potential solutions for current challenges in European politics in the areas of foreign and security policy, for Europe’s economic sovereignty in international competition, for a social and prosperous Europe and for the European Green Deal.  Please use the hashtag #GIYLD in order to follow the conference on Twitter.