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Italy Today 2.0

  • Carmen van den Bergh
  • Erica Schouten
  • Steven de Jong
  • Marc van Ranst
  • Jarl van der Ploeg
  • Anton Hemerijck
  • Maarten van Aalderen
Thursday 3 December 2020

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Italian Studies at Leiden University organize an Online International conference, entitled "Italy Today 2.0 Dialogues on Dutch-Italian Viewpoints", that will take place on 3 December 2020. Several experts will debate on Dutch-Italian viewpoints: on COVID-19 in Europe, Cultural Differences and Approaches on European Recovery.

The main question of the programme wil be "How did COVID-19 affect the bilateral relations between Italy and the Low Countries?"


9:30 Registration
9:45 Introductory notes by Carmen van den Bergh (Director Italian Studies from Leiden University), Erica Schouten (Director of the Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs) and Steven de Jong (Policy Officer from the Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs).

Prof. Marc van Ranst will be introduced by Jarl van der Ploeg.

The Belgian virologist will expand on various questions, such as: How have the different european countries handled the COVID19-crisis? And especially, what have been until now the most striking differences between the Italian and Dutch approach? Which country has done better so far (in Europe)? Can we expect a more unified European approach in the near future?

- Break

Prof. Anton Hemerijck will be introduced by Maarten van Aalderen.

The Dutch professor of Political Science and Sociology will elaborate on questions such as :
“How do Italy and the Netherlands feel about the different approaches on European Recovery? What is the main difference in position with regard to Recovery Facility and where does this come from? What is the impact of a difference of opinion regarding European Recovery on bilateral relations?"

11:15 Panel & Debate, moderated by Jarl van der Ploeg and Maarten van Aalderen.
11:45 Endnotes by Steven de Jong and Carmen Van den Bergh


Entrance is free, but please register in advance for this webinar (only 100 places available). After registering, you will receive an immediate confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register now (free)

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