The event was born in 1998 as a Youth Action party: among the founders there is also the current prime minister and leader of Fratelli d’Italia, Giorgia Meloni. It owes its name to the protagonist of “The Neverending Story”, the book by Michael Ende on which the famous film shot in 1984 was based
These days we often talk about Atreju, the event organized by Fratelli d’Italia, which began on 14 December. An important event in Italian politics, of which, to many, the meaning and origin of the name are not known. Here’s what it means and why it was chosen.
The Story of Atreju
The event was born in 1998, among the founders there is also the current prime minister and leader of FdI, Giorgia Meloni, who started the first edition. Today this event is no longer just an initiative linked to the militants of National Youth, the youth section of the party, but, over time, it has become a demonstration involving various political exponents of all orientations, and a moment of discussion and exchange of ideas.
The choice of name
The name Atreju is taken from the protagonist of “The Neverending Story”, a book by Michael Ende on which the famous film shot in 1984 was based. The name was chosen, as the organizers explained in past editions, because Atreju embodies “the example of a young man engaged in daily confrontation against the forces of Nothingness, against an enemy that wears out the imagination of youth, consumes their energies, strips them of values and ideals, to the point of flattening their existences”.
Among the many people invited to the stage of the event which takes place in the Gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo, in Rome, and which ends on 17 December Edi Rama, president of Albania, Santiago Abascal, leader of the Spanish party Vox and Rishi Sunak, first English minister. One of the most anticipated guests is the entrepreneur Elon Musk. Among the Italian politicians present were Giorgia Meloni and the president of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa, but also members of the opposition such as Matteo Renzi, Carlo Calenda and Michele Emiliano.