Screening of “Angry Buddha” by Stefan Ludwig in the European Parliament

MEP Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein (EPP), MEP Angelica Mlinar (ALDE) and MEP Péter Niedermüller (S&D) cordially invite you to the screening of the award-winning documentary

“Angry Buddha”

by Stefan Ludwig

Wednesday 8 February 2017
at 17:30
at the European Parliament,
József Antall Building Room 6Q2
Rue Wiertz 60, B-1047 Brussels

The screening will be followed by a Q&A in a presence of János Orsós teacher Dr. Ambedkar School, Tibor Derdak principal Dr. Ambedkar School, Stefan Ludwig director and writer and a reception in the Member’s Salon (ASP Floor 0)

Please indicate your presence to: before 2 February.

János Orsós, a teacher, and a Buddhist, is of Roma descent. Inspired by the history of the Dalits or “untouchables” in India, birthplace of both Roma culture and Buddhism, he founded a school in a small Hungarian village with the goal of enabling teenagers from the poorest Roma ghettos to attend universities. Angry Buddha documents János’ resolute battle against the difficulties he faces over three years, while simultaneously painting affectionate yet honest portraits of the Roma youth who use humor and their own vitality to survive in a world of poverty and prejudice. Full of hope and fury, János fights for a better future for his pupils, the ‘untouchables’ of Europe.

FNF Greece: Η ελευθερία της Τέχνης και η τέχνη της ελευθερίας 

Δευτέρα, 30 Ιανουαρίου 2017
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Τοποθεσία: Musique Café, Αρριανού 37 & Αρχελάου, 11635, Παγκράτι

capture_001_20012017_12150420.00h – Χαιρετισμός
Αναστάσιος Καραμπογιάς, Απόφοιτος Φιλελεύθερων Σεμιναρίων Νέων

20.15h – Ομιλία
Λάκης Γαβαλάς, Σχεδιαστής μόδας – καλλιτέχνης

Η ελεύθερη έκφραση είναι εκ των ων ουκ άνευ της Τέχνης γι’ αυτό κάθε καλλιτέχνης πρέπει να είναι ελεύθερος να εκθέσει τις ιδέες του χωρίς περιορισμούς ή εμπόδια. Σε μια ταραχώδη εποχή όπως αυτή, η συμβολή των καλλιτεχνών είναι απαραίτητη διότι μπορεί να ρίχνει φως στα κοινωνικά και πολιτικά ζητήματα από μια άλλη οπτική. Continue reading

Upcoming event: The European Refugee Crisis: Liberal Answers to Challenges in Migration


Migration will be one of the key challenges of the European Union in the years to come. A proper management of migration flows and the successful integration of refugees into our European societies is not only of strategic importance, it might prove to be the cornerstone of (re-)creating unity among the EU Member States.

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Upcoming Event: Boris Nemtsov Forum – A platform for Russian-European dialogue


The Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, and the Open Russia movement, working in collaboration with FNF, are launching the Boris Nemtsov Forum – a platform for Russian-European dialogue.

Plenary Debate, 16 November 2016, 14.00-16.00, European Parliament

“Getting back on track: policy and priorities for a new relationship.”

With contributions by

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Founder of the Open Russia Foundation
Zhanna Nemtsova, Journalist, Daughter of the assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsov
Irina Prokhorova, Culture historian, editor and publisher, social activist
Lev Schlosberg, Politician, human rights activist, journalist
Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director European Endowment for Democracy

Moderator: Guy Verhofstadt, Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

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Upcoming Event: Liberal Breakfast: European Defense Union – Quo vadis?

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From the threat of terrorism, to far reaching conflicts at Europe’s borders and cyber warfare issues: the EU’s security environment has significantly changed over the last decade. An increased awareness of the lack of military capabilities has led to the acknowledgement by all major European institutions to re-focus on a more effective Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Is there hope that with the EU global strategy on foreign and security policy the right momentum for a successful European Defence Union has finally arrived?

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Upcoming Event: South Africa: a captured state – on the couch with Lindiwe Mazibuko

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7 November 2016, 12.00h-14.00h

Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event

South Africa is going through turbulent times. Earlier this year, the Constitutional Court of South Africa found that President Jacob Zuma had violated his oath of office when he failed to pay for upgrades to his private residence out of his own pocket as required by law.

The country has also been witnessing something akin to a public war between President Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with seemingly baseless criminal charges laid against Gordhan. The most recent scandal to make headlines is that South Africa has begun a withdrawal process from the International Criminal Court.

Added to this backdrop are burning universities due to violent student protests, youth unemployment hovering at over 60% and a GDP growth forecast of 0.1%.

Can South Africa’s democratic institutions weather the storms they have been facing and continue to face? Can they survive to enable a democratic handing over of power in one of the next national elections? And on this note, have the August 2016 local government elections changed South
Africa’s political landscape?

Lindiwe Mazibuko gives us her take.

Hans H. Stein
Director, European and Transatlantic Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Lindiwe Mazibuko
Former Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance (Official Opposition),
Public speaker, writer, mentor, South Africa

Cecelia Kok
Head of Research and Advocacy Projects, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, South Africa
Kindly register for this event by 4. November 2016 at

Please note that you will be forwarded to a Google Drive sheet.
Should you wish to register with us directly please send an email to Photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness.

Upcoming event: U.S. Elections 2016 – The Morning After

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A joint event series of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The world has witnessed an unprecedented presidential election campaign over the past two years. The two main candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could not be wider apart when it comes to their policies and public appearance. However they do have one thing in common:  both are perceived highly unfavorably by a deeply divided U.S. public. Election Day on November 8th promises to be exciting until the last polling stations close.

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