Trieste, a fully italian city has been an Asburgic port between 1382 and 1918, the adriatic door of MittelEurope, and enjoyed a particular federal status and the fact of being a free port.
This city that since 1945 was under the heavy heel of anglo-jugoslavian imperialism and that also represented the awakening of italian patriotic feelings in the postwar, has hosted on the 11th of February the Conference organised by AEMN with the Think Tank Eurhope and Polaris Study Center on “Europe has to regain a Center”.
The choice was to give the idea of a New Europe, which should guarantee national and regional identities, in a confederated and imperial optic, which should express, consolidate and give strength to all our prides. No city better than Trieste could represent all this.
The Conference was opened by the journalist Enrique Ravello with an intervention “ Catalunia and MittelEurope”. Ravello examined three historical phases which tie Cataluna to the Sacred Roman Empire and has explained the natural role of conjunction between MittelEurope and the spanish coasts which persists today.
Then the hungarian writer and essayist Laszlo Sipas introduced his lecture on “an Hungarian look”. After a brief excursus on the history of the Carpatian region, Sipas has insisted on the need to re-embody MittelEurope, disbanded since the Versailles Treaty of 1919 and explained that Budapest has to pursue a policy of balance between the powers which operate around its vital space: Russia, Turkey and Germany. Answering to the questions from the public he agreed that Hungary, today engaged in facing an invasion from the south, could play the same marking role played against the commmunist illusion when 60 years ago it aroused stopping the invasion from the east.
The psychiatrist and physioterapist Adriano Segatori, then illustrated the unbridgeable differences amongst the concepts of Empire which is identitarian, sacred, with an own form and the levelling and deformed concept of imperialism.
The architect Ruggero da Ronch has then treated the theme of “Mitteleuropean architecture in the twentieth century”.
After a brief lunch break Professor Simone Paliaga on the theme” Europe without Translatio Imperii” noted that Europe has lost its historical role and has produced a psicological subordination which has led to an abdication of its imperial vocation under the mark of capitalism due to the long European civil war (1914-1945). Without restoring this assial form it will be impossible to heal Europe.
The german and austrian journalist Martin Peiper spoke about “Peoples of the Mitteleuropa“ welcoming a pacific cohabitation and their capacity of exploiting the systemic crisis in order to become subjects.
Professor Beppe Scalici spoke on the Roman Sacred Empire and in particular on the “sense of mitteleuropean space today”, a sense which goes beyond its function to become essence and soul of european awakening.
Professor Francesco de Matté took the floor speaking of “PanEurope and MittelEurope” confronting geopolitical doctrines of John Mackinder and Karl Haushofer : the first, maritime, was bound to destroy european unity, the other one, earthcentered intended to create a space of global domination which linked Germany, Russia and Japan, something similar the Boreal Europe of Jean Marie Le Pen which could extend from Lisbon to Tokyo.
In conclusion, Gabriele Adinolfi, Director of the reviews Polaris and EurHope, made the point of the situation with a document bearing the same title of the Conference. In his intervention, he analysed in detail the trends in order to change Europe in radical way in a confederal and imperial sense. At the same time he evaluated the different decision making powers which exist today and the differences amongst the european populist tendences, proposing a coherent and positive line which should be empowered by ambition, spiritualism, autonomy and will.