Relations between Europe and Latin America in the new international context

Relations between Europe and Latin America in the new international context

  Royal Monastery of Yuste. 17 – 18 July 2017 This course will provide a continuation of the lines of analysis and study of the Campus Yuste and CEXECI Programme on the perspectives and challenges of the European Union, the process of integration with Latin America, Latin America’s economic situation, and the future of the Ibero-American Community. At the start of the 1990s with the fall of the Berlin wall, the world ushered in a new era with the triumph of economic liberalism and the start of so-called open regionalism, launching NAFTA and MERCOSUR, an Americas initiative, and a relaunch of EU-ASEAN. At the end of last year the influential magazine The Economist questioned whether, with the triumph of Trump in the United States, added to Brexit, we may find ourselves facing the end of the era of globalisation. What is certain is that having just reached 60 years since its launch, the process of European integration is navigating one of the lowest points in its history. The United States in the Trump era struggles between breakdowns and continuity, yet still without an impact of the shocks on Latin America. In the face of the differences opening up between the United States and Europe, Latin America has become, in the words of Chief European Diplomat Federica Mogherini, “a strategic relationship for the EU, even more essential now than it was before. The Ibero-American Community is – on both sides of the Atlantic – a space which is gaining more relevance, because common values are becoming an asset to strengthen in a world so difficult to decode”. REGISTRATION Extremadura Center...
The EU’s perspectives, strategies, and challenges: the European dream in the new global context and challenges of a well-structured Europe

The EU’s perspectives, strategies, and challenges: the European dream in the new global context and challenges of a well-structured Europe

  Royal Monastery of Yuste. 19 – 21 July 2017 This course continues the theme of the Campus Yuste programme to tackle, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, an in-depth analysis of the main challenges facing the European Union in a global context of major transformations. This is being approached from a both academic and practical viewpoint, to help us comprehensively understand these challenges with the aim of analysing how we can confront them, and define strategies for the future to be able to confront them from the perspective of the European Union. Europe’s role in the world, the Brexit challenge, threatened European values, the rise of euroscepticism, the resurgence of populism and xenophobic movements, the terrorism threat, migration and identity crises and questionable European migratory policy, the constant threats to human and social rights, both within and outside our borders, and the new world order resulting from the latest elections in the United States, all put Europe under the spotlight and question whether it can manage – and respond to – all these challenges. The European dream is under threat, and whilst some question its future others opt for a stronger Europe, united and well-structured, capable of confronting these challenges and defining strategies which allow us to move forward: albeit at different speeds, in contrast to the cruising speed we have become used to. We therefore need to analyse the main threats facing Europe, with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of the causes that provoke them. That way we can carry out an effective diagnosis resulting in a process of renewal: one that will nonetheless remain anchored by...
Doctoral seminar. European peace and values as a potential model of integration and progress in a global world

Doctoral seminar. European peace and values as a potential model of integration and progress in a global world

  Royal Monastery of Yuste. 24 – 26 July 2017 On the occasion of the Carlos V European Award the Foundation has called for European Research and Mobility Grants in European Studies Carlos V European Award – Sofia Corradi – Mamma Erasmus which will examine the theme “European peace and values as a potential model of integration and progress in a global world”. This second meeting, in the format of a seminar, will focus on circulating the research selected in the call with the idea of promoting the transfer of knowledge from academic circles to civil society and public and private organisations. The content will focus specifically on the themes contributed by researchers selected through the call, examining the importance of European policies, agreements and initiatives in the peace process, the stability and progress the European Union represents, as well as the consolidation and defence of European values as the fundamental and indisputable basis of the integration process, with the aim of preventing the errors of the past and improving strategies for the future. The seminar will also contribute, using the European model as an example, to the EUROPE FACING GLOBAL CHALLENGES FROM COOPERATION TO DEVELOPMENT project, through the research works presented, tackling Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Highlighting the importance of being able to rely on strong institutions in achieving these goals, and taking the European model as an example, the seminar aims to introduce perspectives that would be used as a reference and help...
Workshop: Responses from integration in the migration and economic crises

Workshop: Responses from integration in the migration and economic crises

  October 2017 Among the main challenges facing Europe and international cooperation in development is a reduction in the inequalities generated by two of the crises that continue to hit hard in the current climate: the financial crisis, and the migration or refugee crisis, a result of armed conflict and poverty. This workshop will examine different focuses and strategies for integration to bring practical solutions, paying particular attention to the role of culture and education as effective tools to prevent a rise in racism, xenophobia, and social exclusion in the current context. It will also look specifically at proposals to facilitate ordered, safe, controlled, and responsible migration and movement of people, through strategies of integration. This way the workshop aims to provide solutions to the main challenges obstructing the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduce inequality between countries. Activity for the EUROPE FACING GLOBAL CHALLENGES FROM COOPERATION TO DEVELOPMENT project. REGISTRATION The registration period will open in October 2017....
Workshop: Democratic governance and the media

Workshop: Democratic governance and the media

  October 2017 This workshop will examine the role of the media as a tool for safeguarding liberties and human rights, shedding light on inequalities, and the media being speakers for the challenges we must tackle to make institutions stronger and promote democratic governance in all countries. In a similar vein it will also analyse the precarious situation of journalism professionals, their freedom to carry out their work in conflict zones, as well as the role they have in the fight against corruption and improving transparency in democratic governments. Activity for the EUROPE FACING GLOBAL CHALLENGES FROM COOPERATION TO DEVELOPMENT project. REGISTRATION The registration period will open in October 2017....
Workshop: A gender-based approach to inequality

Workshop: A gender-based approach to inequality

  November 2017 This workshop will tackle the need to mainstream a gender-based approach at all levels of society to fight against violence and discrimination towards women, as well as promoting equal rights and opportunities. Together with third-sector organisations and participating public bodies from Extremadura, the workshop will analyse examples of good practice developed both at a European level and in the field of cooperation. The main aim is to shed light on the issue and possible solutions, with in-depth analysis of the causes, as well as raising awareness on social co-responsibility to put an end to this type of inequality which affects all countries. The workshop aims to contribute towards tackling the various challenges on the agenda of Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries, achieving true educational, labour, financial and social equality for women, as well as eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spheres. Activity for the EUROPE FACING GLOBAL CHALLENGES FROM COOPERATION TO DEVELOPMENT project. REGISTRATION The registration period will open in October 2017.  ...
Yuste champions a renewal and examination of the European project

Yuste champions a renewal and examination of the European project

  The European Academy of Yuste Foundation presented the Carlos V European Award to former Minister for Foreign Affairs and ex-MEP Marcelino Oreja, in a formal ceremony presided over by Felipe VI. As from this year, the award ceremony will be held annually on 9 May to coincide with Europe Day. King Felipe VI showed his support for building trust in the European project, “improving and renewing it in an intelligent manner”, in order to maintain its position as a “reference for freedom and progress”. 67 years after Robert Schuman’s historic speech on 9th May, to be celebrated every year, King Felipe praised the fact that “Spain is one of the countries where the notion of feeling European is felt most strongly among its citizens”. He sees the European Academy of Yuste Foundation’s annual presentation of the Carlos V European Award as a renewal of this commitment, something that will now coincide with Europe Day, from Extremadura and Spain, “with the Crown’s full support”, and he congratulated the Foundation on its 25th anniversary. He also recalled how Spain, along with Portugal, has the additional responsibility of facilitating, supporting, and encouraging relations between the European Union (EU) and Ibero-America, and said how fitting the Foundation’s forthcoming conversion to the European and Ibero-American Yuste Foundation was. The President of the Regional Government of Extremadura and President of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation Board of Trustees, Guillermo Fernández Vara, also took part in the ceremony. He has contributed to democratic culture and European awareness being an essential component of our policies and projects, in order to attain true progress and well-being...
King Felipe VI to preside the delivery of the Eleventh Carlos V European Award to Marcelino Oreja on Europe Day

King Felipe VI to preside the delivery of the Eleventh Carlos V European Award to Marcelino Oreja on Europe Day

  The King will be accompanied by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament. Next Tuesday, 9 May, Europe Day, His Majesty the King will preside the delivery of the Carlos V European Award to the Spanish politician Marcelino Oreja Aguirre at the Royal Monastery of Yuste. With this award, the European Academy of Yuste Foundation acknowledges annually, coinciding with Europe Day, the work of those who have excelled in their commitment in favour of the process of building the European Union or by their contribution to the enhancement of the cultural, scientific and historical values of Europe. This award represents the spirit of the construction of a united Europe, becoming an opportunity to claim from Extremadura the values of a united, supportive and committed Europe. This ceremony will be attended, amongst other personalities, by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani; the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo; the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo y Montojo; and also by the president of the Regional Government of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara. The Ambassadors of Belgium, Poland, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, United Kingdom, Austria, Malta, Portugal, Cyprus and the Netherlands in Spain; the Spanish ambassador to France, Ramón de Miguel; in addition to several members of the European Academy of Yuste such as the ex- secretary-general of the Unesco, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, the politician Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra; and the historians Manuela Mendonça and Gustaaf Janssens, will be present. This year is a special edition as it commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaties of Rome,...
Students from CEIP Almanzor school learn about the work of European institutions and about how decisions made in Europe have an impact on the daily lives of its citizens

Students from CEIP Almanzor school learn about the work of European institutions and about how decisions made in Europe have an impact on the daily lives of its citizens

  Fifth and sixth year primary school students from CEIP Almanzor school in Navalmoral de la Mata visited the Royal Monastery of Yuste and the European Academy of Yuste Foundation today, taking part in a videoconference with César Morcillo, Director of Extremadura’s regional office in Brussels. The visit was part of the ‘The European Union: a history of values and human rights’ project, which aims to get students interested in the meaning of what it is to feel European; encourage respect for human rights; and learn about European values and heritage. The students and teachers visited the Palace of Emperor Carlos V with an official guide who talked to them about Emperor Carlos V’s life in the palace, including anecdotes from the citizens of Cuacos de Yuste, and information about the architectural heritage. Next, the school children took part in a videoconference at the Foundation with César Morcillo, Director of Extremadura’s regional office in Brussels, about the importance of being part of the European Union, the work of European institutions, and about how decisions made in Europe have an impact on the daily lives of its citizens. The students also asked Morcillo about life in Brussels and the work he does in the regional office. The rest of Navalmoral de la Mata’s schools will also go on the same visit to the Palace of the Emperor and will take part in videoconferences with Brussels. Campo Arañuelo will visit on 19 and 20 April, the 21 will be Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe school’s turn, El Pozón school will visit Yuste on the 25 April, and Sierra de Gredos on 27...
The European Academy of Yuste Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary

The European Academy of Yuste Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary

  The European Academy of Yuste Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert from choir Amadeus, directed by Alonso Gómez Gallego. The concert is on Saturday, 8 April, at 12.00, at the Royal Monastery of Yuste church. The concert marks the opening of a series entitled ‘The Emperor’s Concerts’ organised in collaboration with Patrimonio Nacional (National Heritage). The concert programme includes pieces from 20th and 21st century composers with a touch of Iberian folk, full of optimism. Many of the works were presented at the Concurso Internacional Amadeus de Composición Coral (Amadeus International Choral Competition, where the group succeeded in bringing Extremaduran culture and music to the rest of Spain, Europe, and Ibero-America. The concert will also include texts from Rainer Maria Rilke, James Agee, Edward Esch, José María Gabriel y Galán, and Federico García Lorca. The finale will be a version of L. V. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (with words from Friedrich Schiller) officially adopted by the European Union as a European anthem. Since it was set up on 9 April 1992, the Foundation has worked tirelessly on a number of activities in the fields of culture, research, education, and social commitment, to reach a peaceful, prosperous, stable, free, and democratic Europe, showing solidarity with the weakest citizens, committed to its citizens, and respectful of diversity; an organised and lively Europe which understands and takes on board the glories and errors of its past, and confidently looks towards the future as a time of peaceful coexistence. Over the years, the Foundation has converted the Royal Monastery of Yuste into a meeting space for people coming from all...