The course titled The process of European integration and the challenges for the future of Europe. Participation, representation and democracy in a federal context of nation States in the EU brings the summer courses of the Campus Yuste program to an end today. Over four days students and speakers have analysed the need to take the European process forward, an issue which has come to the fore as a result of the serious economic and institutional crisis and the questioning of political credibility which has plagued Europe since 2007, calling its citizens and institutions to seek reliable, robust and defining solutions which ensure the process of European construction and integration and dispel the existing doubts about its feasibility. A new feature of this course has been the streamed broadcast on the Foundation’s YouTube video channel.

The last course forming part of Campus Yuste 2015 will be held from 21 to 23 October under the title Religion in 21st-century Europe. Challenges and proposals for confessional coexistence, for which the period to apply for one of the 30 enrolment, board and lodging grants which are on offer will remain open until 30 September.

The Campus Yuste program brings the summer courses to an end today with a high number of enrolled students and the involvement of professors and experts from different disciplines and Spanish universities, which has encouraged a multi-disciplinary approach to each of the five international courses on offer. In this regard, it should be noted that the students attending have mostly come from Spanish universities.

Around three hundred participants have enrolled on the international courses and the “Summer Camp” meeting of young people and attended over seventy talks, workshops and round table discussions conducted by about a hundred speakers. We should emphasize that four international seminars form part of the summer courses of the University of Extremadura.

This year, Campus Yuste has covered varied subjects, such as adaptation to the new labour markets from a European perspective, the Christian roots of Europe, the political facet of Emperor Charles V, the challenges for the European Union from the perspective of the geopolitics of energy, the debate on new European citizenship and the proposal for federalism as a possible form of organization and an analysis of the various religious confessions in Europe and the need to review their role in 21st-century Europe.

This year the European Academy of Yuste Foundation has enhanced the training activities which form part of the Campus Yuste program, with particular emphasis on basic features such as pluralism, by offering different approaches to enrich the student’s training, freedom for all the speakers who provide their knowledge and academic rigour.

Other new features this year have been the personal training courses given in the afternoons by experts from Deusto Business School such as Iñaki Ortega and Roberto Espinosa, in subjects such as public speaking and negotiation, the creation of teams of excellence and communication and social networks.


Campus Yuste is an event created by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation for its educational activities, based on encouraging debate and the reflection of students, researchers and professionals on European affairs. It is one of the activities which has been reinforced by this year’s increase in the budget of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, a rise of 56% in comparison with 2014, thanks to the support of the Government of Extremadura.