Apple versus US-Regierung: Kampf um die Privatssphäre

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Im Rahmen der Aufklärung des Terroranschlages von San Bernadino versucht das FBI auf das iPhone des Attentäters Syed Riywan Farook zuzugreifen. Bei dem Attentat im Dezember 2015 starben insgesamt 14 Menschen und 21 weitere wurden verletzt. Die Strafverfolger vermuten, dass sie auf Farooks Diensthandy Informationen finden, die für die Untersuchung des Falls entscheidend sein könnten.

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Dialogue as key for promoting human rights: Latin American legal experts visit Brussels

IMG_8028In the midst of the ongoing refugee crisis, the European Union necessarily puts a strong focus on its own backyard when it comes to guaranteeing the protection of human and fundamental rights. In order to further sensibilise the European institutions for the need of human rights protection in their respective home countries and also to learn first-hand what mechanisms have been established in Europe to safeguard these rights, a group of legal experts from various Latin American NGOs and Think Tanks came to Brussels to meet with EU representatives. The delegation comprised a wide scope of countries, with participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico and Honduras. Continue reading

“I have a dream…” – celebrating 50 years of “the greatest demonstration of freedom in the USA”

MLK50 years ago today Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream…” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. More than 250.000 people had assembled on the National Mall for the historic “March on Washington,” which Rev. King called “the greatest demonstration of freedom in the USA.” The Civil Rights movement put an end to segregation and the breakdown of racial barriers. Today, African-Americans constitute the largest minority group in the US Congress and the election of Barack Obama as first African-American President in 2009 was taken as a sign that the United States had overcome its racist past.

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Upcoming Event: “Social Market Economy: a Blueprint for Europe?”

PaquéTuesday, 26 March 2013
12.00-14.00

The German social market economy is based on competitiveness, free trade and social progress. The interplay between entrepreneurial forces, trade unions and employer associations creates social balance. The German model, made popular in the post-war era, guarantees that Germany enjoys a high degree of social harmony, even in economically difficult times. Despite being affected by the global banking and economic crises, as well as the “Eurocrisis”, Germany has proven much more economically resilient and less vulnerable, compared to other EU member states.

Michael Theurer MEP (ALDE), Chair, Committee on Budgetary Control and Vice-Chair of the FDP delegation in the European Parliament and Prof. Karl-Heinz Paqué, Former State Minister of Saxony Anhalt and Dean, Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto von Guericke University will talk about what makes the German model so successful. What are its key features that have allowed it to stabilize comparatively quickly? Can it serve as a blueprint for other EU member states?

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Upcoming Event: Liberal Breakfast “Launching the ALDE Gender Equality Network: Promoting gender equality in political life and beyond”

Wednesday, 6 March 2013img_8524
8.00-10.00

In 1999 the Finnish delegates to the ELDR Council launched the idea of establishing a network of European Liberal Women to promote equal opportunities. At the ALDE Party Congress in Dublin in November 2012, the network was renamed and launched as the “ALDE Gender Equality Network” to reflect the wider issue of gender equality.  “ALDE-GEN” campaigns for gender equality and the promotion of women´s rights to ensure full participation as equal partners in economic, social and political life. The speakers will elaborate how more women can be included in politics on all levels and how to strengthen the relationships and sharing of information between liberals across Europe. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session.

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Upcoming Event: “The Security Situation in Mali: Is the CSDP dust in the wind?”

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Monday, 25 February 2013
12.00-14.00

Since the coup d’état in March 2012, Islamist and other separatist groups have consolidated their operational base in the occupied territory in the north. Besides the obvious security threats to the EU, which the spreading of Islamism terrorism to neighboring states poses, the progress of economic and social developments in the whole region are threatened. France’s solitary intervention in Mali is a reminder that the EU seems to be unable to take joint responsibility for security matters in its neighborhood and beyond. It raises the question whether the supposedly ‘Common Security and Defense Policy’ isn’t merely a paper dragon. What are the implications of the crisis? Is there a future for CSDP?

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Upcoming Event: “Limits of personal freedom: Civil rights of soldiers under attack?”

f+__0-hnriche gespiegeltTuesday, 19 February 2013
12.00-14.00

Unlike civilians, enlisted soldiers have to accept some constraints concerning their political and civil rights. Among the member states of the EU, those constraints differ in terms of scope and extent. Soldiers may be prohibited from running for public office, expressing their personal opinions of government policies or military missions or speaking about their sexual preferences. Even such mundane issues as physical appearance and travel may be highly regulated. During missions the limit to personal freedom becomes more visible, if private communication is screened and censored, for example. Within the military hierarchy, it can be difficult for soldiers to exercise their rights. Who can soldiers turn to if their rights are being violated? What is the right balance between the principles of obedience and legitimate rights of soldiers as citizens? What reforms are necessary to protect and ensure equal rights for soldiers of different national backgrounds serving in the same mission?

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