The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Government of Spain, Josep Borrell Fontelles, participates in a course on present challenges faced by the EU, organised by Yuste Foundation, where more than fifty Spanish, Greek, Brazilian and Italian students from almost all Spanish universities; the Aix-en-Provence Institute of Political Studies (France); the University of Essex (United Kingdom), and the College of Europe (Belgium) will attend.

The opening of the course, entitled “The Process of European Integration: the European Union and Present Challenges: Nationalism, Globalisation, Terrorism and Immigration”, will be on Wednesday at 9:00 am, at the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation’s headquarters, in the Royal Monastery of Yuste.

Organised by Yuste Foundation, the State Secretariat for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation and the Jean Monnet Module of the EU-HOPE of the University of Extremadura, in collaboration with the UEx, the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement and the programme Let’s Talk about Europe, the course will analyse the great challenges faced by the EU at present, such as nationalisms, globalisation, terrorism, and migratory movements.

The course will, furthermore, tackle other phenomena that are a menace to democracy and the processes of citizen participation, such as misinformation or fake news launched through social networks aiming to manipulate public opinion. Finally, the role played by Europe in the world will be analysed and, more specifically, the relations with Ibero-America in the new international context.

The three day course is included in the Campus Yuste programme of Yuste Foundation and in the framework of the 20th edition of the International Summer Courses of the University of Extremadura. The course is supported by the Extremaduran food products company, Mafresa.

Some of the speakers are, Josep Borrell, who participates with the presentation “La Europa que viene. Los retos de la nueva legislature” (“The Europe of the Future. Challenges of the New Term”); the Spanish Committee of UNHCR, Matilde fernández; the Director of the Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies (IEEE), Francisco José Dacoba Cerviño; the Director of the Office of the European Commission in Madrid, Francisco Fonseca Morillo and the Director of the Office of the European Parliament in Spain, María Andrés Marín.

The Secretary of State for the European Union, Marco Aguiriano Nalda; the President of the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement, Francisco Aldecoa Luzárraga, and the former President of the Extremaduran Regional Government and academician of Yuste, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra, will also participate among others. The course is directed by the Contemporary History Professor at the University of Extremadura, Mario P. Díaz Barrado. The opening speech will be delivered by Ramón Jáuregui, member of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste.

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