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Taobuk, geopolitical protagonist Observatory on the future of Europe


The future of the Mediterranean, the energy transition, migrations, the role of NATO, the war in Ukraine, the challenges of digitization: the XII edition of Taobuk – Taormina International Book Festival (Taormina, June 16-20) will be an open window on complex truths of the world. And therefore, the event conceived and directed by Antonella Ferrara, starting from literature, will broaden the gaze to geopolitics: it will be a festival within the festival, the III Observatory on the future of Europe, created with the support of the University of Messina and the Representation of the European Commission in Italy, under the high patronage of the European Parliament, in collaboration with the Istituto Affari Internazionali and the curatorship of Viviana Mazza, scheduled from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June. An antenna alert to the present that will see experts, analysts and international institutions confront each other: trying to return answers, never absolute. But articulated points of view: facets of multiple truths. The war in Ukraine at the gates of Europe is – also – a conflict between opposing “truths” in a debate that is increasingly polarized and immersed in the flow of information. Taobuk, therefore, will be the venue for a rich and qualified confrontation: this in-depth section dedicated to international news arises from the collaboration of the festival with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), the independent Study and Research Center specialized in politics and relations between countries founded in 1965 on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli. The Institute will therefore be Taobuk’s partner and official think tank: Nathalie Tocci, director of IAI, Nona Mikhelidze and Nicola Bilotta, research managers, Francesco De Leo, director of the online magazine “AffarInternazionali” and head of the Institute’s communication will participate; Emanuela Colaci, editorial coordinator and editor of the magazine. There will be four thematic strands investigated by this focus of the festival. The first is dedicated to The future of Europe and the Mediterranean, Saturday 18 June starting at 9.30 in Messina, Aula magna del Rettorato: because with the war waged by Russia on Ukraine, the European Union and its members are called to courageous steps in the realization of a full political dimension of the EU. After the greetings of the Rector Salvatore Cuzzocrea and the introduction to the program by Antonella Ferrara, president of Taobuk and Nathalie Tocci, director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, the writer Petros Markaris, the vice president of the European Commission Dubravka Šuica, the director of the Representation in Italy of the European Commission Antonio Parenti, the deputy leader of the League in the Chamber of Deputies Alessandro Pagano and the president of the Brothers of Italy deputies Francesco Lollobrigida will talk about European and Mediterranean Democracies moderated by Viviana Mazza. Following Nona Mikhelidze, research manager at the Institute of International Affairs, Benedetta Berti, head of political planning of the NATO Secretary General, General Claudio Graziano, president of Fincantieri, Piero Fassino, president of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Maurizio Serra, diplomat and member of the Academie Francaise, Giampiero Cannella, journalist and author of Italy does not play risk (Historica Edizioni, 2021), Pina Picierno, vice president of the European Parliament and the Ukrainian writer Yaryna Grusha Possamai will discuss the European Union of Defense, a challenge in the integration process moderated by Francesco De Leo, communications manager of the Istituto Affari Internazionali. The Next Generation EU study will be held at 11.30. Governance and policy analysis for recovery, with Giacomo D’Arrigo and Piero David, authors of Next Generation EU and Italian PNRR (Rubbettino, 2022), Francesco Battistoni, undersecretary for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Elvira Amata, president of the Statute Commission ARS, Brando Benifei, MEP, Pina Picierno, vice president of the European Parliament and Maria Molica Lazzaro, head of the Europe Direct North-East Sicily center. At the end of the session, the journalists Cecilia Sala and Francesca Milano will investigate the new frontiers of the world of information, in the meeting organized by Chora Media Stories – Telling the present, starting from the podcast of Chora Media Stories that tries, every day, to narrate the complexity of the world. The outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine forces us to question the state of democracy. And therefore, hot topics such as Democracy vs Autocracies will be addressed in Taobuk, Friday 17 June at 12: Stefano Pontecorvo, Italian ambassador to Pakistan, Gianni Vernetti, former deputy and undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, author of Dissidents (Rizzoli, 2022) and Mikhail will speak. Shishkin, Russian writer and author of Punto di Fuga (21Lettere, 2022) winner of the European Witch Prize 2022 moderated by Viviana Mazza. To reason on the clash between law and democratic pluralism on the one hand and authoritarian force and arbitrariness on the other, and to understand new horizons of action and intervention.The third thematic line touches on a reality in which we find ourselves immersed: digitization. No longer an exogenous factor, much less immaterial: but a force of change that redesigns all fields of reality with economic, social, political and geostrategic implications, and affects global relations and inter-community dynamics. The theme will be at the center of the meeting The digital world that will come, Sunday 19 June at 12, in collaboration with the GDS SES Group, with the participation of Nicola Bilotta, research manager at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Tommaso Valletti, professor of Economics at the ‘Imperial College Business School, Scott Marcus, consultant and senior researcher at Bruegel in Brussels, Marjorie Buchser, executive director Digital Society Initiative of Chatham House, Carlo Melzi d’Eril, lawyer and expert in information law, Lino Morgante, president and editorial director of GDS SES, moderated by Edoardo Vigna, editor-in-chief of “Sette – Corriere della Sera”. A burning issue, The energy policy of the European Union after Ukraine: why the Russian attack was a dramatic wake-up call to security of the continent and has shaken – also – the energy balance in Europe, accelerating the transformations in the panorama of European energy policies. The meeting on Friday 17 June at 3 pm will be an opportunity to analyze the changes in relations between import and export that are taking shape on the atlas of politics, with Nathalie Tocci, director of the IAI, Alessandro Dodaro, director of the fusion and technologies department for nuclear safety, Ambrogio Fasoli, president of Eurofusion, Lapo Pistelli, director of Public Affairs ENI, Ruggero Aricò, Head of International Institutional Affairs ENEL, Francesco Romanelli, president of the board of directors of DTT scarl, Lucrezia Reichlin, economist and academic London Business School, moderates by Massimo Sideri, Columnist of the “Corriere della Sera”, editorial manager of “Corriere Innovazione” and scientific director of RCS Academy Innovation.


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