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A far-right coalition has come into power in Italy. What does this mean for the rest of Europe in this time of crises? Are our democratic values at risk? Join us in Barcelona for a timely, trans-European debate.  

About the event

Europe is facing a multitude of crises. Just as the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic appeared to be behind us, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine brought war back to the continent at tremendous human and material cost. As ordinary citizens continue to lose their lives to senseless violence, the rest of Europe prepares for a difficult winter of energy crisis and social unrest.   

And as they say, in crises there are always ghosts. Those ghosts that some take advantage of to implant the ideas of fear, wrecking instead of building and fomenting panic to weaken the democratic system. It is in this context that we look to Italy, where the elections have produced a far-right coalition that is set to govern in the coming years. 

How does it affect us that a far-right government governs in a strategically key country for Europe, a country that can offer “help” to Putin’s Russia? What consequences and lessons do these results hold for the left and environmental movements? Should we be worrying about threats to European democracy? Together with our speakers, we will explore these crucial questions for the future of Europe.  


GEF’s Green Red Dialogues, organised with the support of Fundació Nous Horitzons, aim to tackle pressing issues of our time and the challenges Europe faces with an explicit social and green lens. From COVID-19 to the war in Ukraine, far right resurgence to inflation–these issues tend to reverberate across multiple countries and domains. Through the dialogues, we connect the red and the green and highlight Southern European perspectives on crucial topics and developments across the continent. 


Ernest Urtasun – MEP, Greens/EFA 

Benedetta de Marte–Secretary General of European Green Party 

Héctor Sánchez Margalef–researcher at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) 

Paola lo Cascio–professor of history at the University of Barcelona 

Moderated by Marc Rius 


Date and time: Wednesday, October 19th, 18:00–19:30 

Location: CCOO de Catalunya Assembly Space – Via Laietana 16, Barcelona  

Language: Catalan and English (simultaneous translation will be provided) 

Registration: Pre-registration is not required, but please arrive on time 

Further reading

The Climate Won’t Wait for Italian Politics 

Swedish Elections and the Mainstreaming of the Far Right 

Nationalising the Climate: Is the European Far Right Turning Green? 

This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Fundacio Nous Horitzons and the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. 

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