EU Citizenship and European Elections – a Sleeping Beauty? 

Italian, Maltese, Swede, Belgian, French, Bulgarian – no matter which nationality of one of the 28 EU member states you possess, you also enjoy EU citizenship and the numerous freedoms and opportunities it entails.

However, only one in two Europeans are fully aware of their status as citizens of the EU and one in three is not sure about what it actually means. This is surprising and alarming at the same time, as the concept of EU citizenship in itself is not new. Continue reading

ALDE and Macron’s Renaissance List Form a Common Faction 

European Liberals and French seal their cooperation in Strasbourg

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“Ca y est!” – “It’s done!”, is what many europhile liberals probably thought last weekend. After months of uncertainty about the political anchorage of the pro-European Renaissance list of French President Emmanuel Macron in the future European Parliament, the speculation should now have come to an end.


After first tentative cooperation attempts at the ALDE party congress in Madrid last November, European liberals and the French Renaissance list finally sealed their post-EU-election cooperation. The cooperation is based on a Memorandum of Understanding for a still nameless future faction. It is likely that the French name “Renaissance” will be retained, being in line with the ALDE election slogan “Renew Europe”.

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Spanish Ciudadanos Establish as Liberal-Centrist Force

Albert Rivera is excited and in a defiant mode. Last Sunday, the leader of the Spanish Liberals achieved what other liberal parties in Europe might dream of. In only four years, he and his team of the “Equipo Naranja” (Team Orange, based on the orange colour of the party) further expanded their parliamentary presence and established themselves as liberal-centrist force in Spain. Ciudadanos (Cs) is now the third force nationally and are represented by 57 congressmen and women which is nearly the double compared to the previous elections in 2016 (32). Continue reading

Ist Spanien unregierbar? 

Zunehmende Polarisierung und innenpolitische Konflikte bestimmen die Parlamentswahl


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Spanien befindet sich zur Zeit im Superwahlmonat. Zwischen Ende April und Ende Mai finden auf der iberischen Halbinsel gleich vier Wahlen statt: nationale, kommunale, regionale und europäische Wahlen, die letzten drei sogar parallel. Eine Herausforderung für die spanische Parteien und ihre Anhänger.

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