The meeting aims to retrace Sturzo’s idea of Europe, which already in the second half of the 1920s wrote “The United States of Europe is not a utopia, but only a long-term ideal, with various stages and many difficulties” . Precisely in exile, between London, Paris, the United States, Sturzo created links with thinkers and politicians who broadened his international outlook, coming to emphasize the central role of the Mediterranean and the need for a united Europe. He worked with conviction for a European building, tolerant and inclusive, which did not respond only to economic needs but which was, at the same time, characterized by moral and political strength with a view to peace. The meeting will analyze the figure of Sturzo as a “European man”, precursor of the community integration process which contributed to the definition of the European collective identity on the political-institutional, cultural and religious level; and will offer food for thought on the roots of the European Union and on today’s challenges, taking up again Sturzian testimony and thought in a topical key.
The event is part of the events promoted on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Italian People’s Party and the 60th anniversary of the death of Luigi Sturzo.
Institutional greetings: Amb. Raffaele Trombetta, Ambassador of Italy to the United Kingdom, Katia Pizzi, Director, Italian Institute of Culture in London
Speeches: Prof. Nicola Antonetti, President of the Luigi Sturzo Institute, Prof. Giovanna Farrell-Vinay, historian, Salvatore Martinez, President of the Polo of Excellence “Mario and Luigi Sturzo”, Federico Reho, Research Coordinator, Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies
Moderator: Dr. Loredana Teodorescu, Head of European and international affairs, Istituto Luigi Sturzo