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Goethe and Mylius in Italy


Villa Vigoni & Expo Milano

Thematic Focus 2015:
From war to peace 945 – 2015.
European ways from a german-italian perspective

19th January
Event within the scope of the “Giornata della Memoria”
Presentation of the book:Di fronte al Muro / Vor der Wand
26th - 27th January
Conoscere la storia per costruire il futuro
12th March
ITKAM Colloquium
Justizreform in Italien und die Auswirkungen
auf die bilateralen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
zwischen Deutschland und Italien
2nd - 3rd July
Jenseits der Krise: Visionen für Europa.
Ein deutsch-italienisches Gespräch
23th-26th July
Italy– History, Culture,Actuality
6th-9th September
German-Italian Students' Forum

Cooperation agreement
Villa Vigoni and University of Luxembourg
In October 2015 Villa Vigoni and the Unniversity of Luxembourg signed a scientific cooperation agreement, kindly encouraged by the Italian embassy of Luxembourg. Villa Vigoni and the University of Luxembourg are both institutions that dedicate themselves to an amplification of the dialogue between the Romance and the Germanic language- and cultural-area in an European context.
The fundamental pillars of the project are on the one hand the advantage of a huge cultural diversity and on the other hand Europeism, in terms of a movement that maintains the heritage of peace, rights and growth. Activities which are planned for 2016 are i.e.: a conference program in Villa Vigoni combined with public lectures at the University of Luxembourg dedicated to the topic “Schengen revisited”; the co-participation at Europe-wide project funding and scientific exchange announcements; internship programs at Villa Vigoni for students of the University of Luxembourg.
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panel discussion at Brussels
In the context of the series of Italian events of the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg the Italian-German Centre for European Excellence „Villa Vigoni“  presented a panel discussion on the subject of A new national feeling – Small states mentality on the rise – A risk for Europe? The event took place on Wednesday 3th of December 2014 at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU in Brussels.
In the context of European financial and debt crisis the opinions vary in which direction Europe should continue. Some want more and are pursuing the idea of a „Federal State of Europe“. They are striving for a stronger political union following the example of the European Monetary Union. Others are looking for salvation in the nation state or even in small separatist movements. They wish to establish small autonomous states following the example of Scotland, the Flemish Region or Catalonia. But at the same time they want to remain member of the European Union. Still others want to leave the European Monetary Union or exclude others from the Euro-Club. In Italy Beppe Grillo with his Five Stars Movement and the separatist Lega are threatening to turn their back on the EU and in Germany also there are political forces that are questioning the Euro. But what does „European Unity“ or „More Europe“ really signify? Which path will lead into the future? Is there a third solution that only consolidates the achievements up to now? Or do we need more large member states who make use of the principle of subsidiarity in a more substantial way as hitherto? This is what the representatives from Germany and Italy had a discussion on.

Villa Vigoni and University of Milan
The agreement for scientific cooperation between Villa Vigoni and the Università degli Studi di Milano signed in autumn 2014 aims at creating a synergy between two Lombard institutions both with a strong international reputation: on the one hand Villa Vigoni as a European bridge between the Italian and the German scientific world, on the other hand the University of Milan which represents one of the most important Italian scientific institutions thanks to its 60,000 students and approximately 200 classes, post-graduate programmes and schools. Through training courses, lectures, summer and winter schools as well as European projects, the agreement follows the main aim of bringing Italian students, doctoral candidates and young researchers in contact with institutions of international excellence.

Vigoni Lecture 2014 at Berlin
Structural reforms and reliable budgetary rules – this is the “recipe” which was presented by Federal Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble the 16th July at the Allianz Forum on the occasion of the Vigoni Lecture on the topic: A Union for the 21st century. How Europe gets a good constitution. With regard to the things which Europe has to deal with, there is an agreement with his Italian counterpart Pier Carlo Padoan. “The most important is, that you realise: Trust and economic growth have returned to the Euro-Zone, not in spite of but because many Eurocountries being a bit more economical with money. Many are still thinking that there was a dissent between overhaul of the budget and economic growth. The contrary is right: only if we use sustainable finance policy, the investors’ and consumers’ trust in Europe’s stability can return.”
Now the economic frame shall be created for economic growth and work places. The latest measures concerning banks and finances by the EU are pointing in this direction: “we have to regulate the financial markets to make them useful for the real sector. The bank union will contribute to “healthier” banks acting again in the function as financers for businesses. But the situation of the financial sector is still tense. Especially small and medium sized enterprises depend on promotional loans and venture capital. That is why we supported public foundation finance banks lately. We have increased the amount of loans of the European Investment Bank for small and medium sized enterprises.”
Concerning the high youth unemployment Schäuble emphasized the need for profound reforms: “We have to advance the structural reforms of the labour market, so we can offer new chances to the youth. We have to tackle the structural reasons of the problems. We need educational systems which can be – if needed – orientated more closely to what the labour market requires, structural reforms, which ease the entrance to the labour market for young professionals and flexible systems for the wage formation process which take also in consideration productivity.”
The enforcement of the Single Market concerning the energy supply is one of the minister’s other priorities: “we should also focus on an energy union. We have to join the national energy networks to a European network, which brings together energy production and energy consumption. And we need a European strategy for the transition to sustainable energy. Europe needs to reduce its dependence on imports and decreasing resources.”
Just through coordinated improvements in these strategic fields Europe could have the chance to keep “the social state level”, which makes it so attractive. “In order to preserve our wealth we always have to be a bit better, more stable and more attractive than other regions of the world. It is important that we proof the success of our European life model in the global system competition. Only in this way we can build a new order, inspired by European, western values. And only then we – Italians and Germans together – can live in a world, which meets our requirements.”
speech of the minister Schäuble
press review


Office for the German-Italian Youth Exchange

In 2010 the web was set up with the aim of promoting youth exchanges between Germans and Italians by giving young German and Italian people the chance to get in contact with each other and collect information about stays in the other country. The new office for the German-Italian youth exchange is currently based in Rome and since 2010 it has been managed by Villa Vigoni.
The project was born thanks to a joint Declaration of Intent signed by the two Ministers of Foreign Affairs, at that time Franco Frattini on the Italian, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the German side, in the context of the intergovernmental German-Italian summit held in Trieste on November 18th, 2008. Through the exchange of diplomatic notes the joint Declaration of Intent issued on June 18th, 2009.
The programme occurs as a pilot project in the field of youth exchanges between Italy and Germany.


German-Italian Commission of Historians
For further information and to download the documentation elaborated by the German-Italian Commission of Historians, please consult the German or the Italian version of this homepage.

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