Democracy – a Covid Collateral?

Opinion Piece by Irina von Wiese

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Now, rather than after the end of the Covid-19 crisis, is the time for pro-democratic parties to act. Paralysed by the scale of the current threat, we are tempted to stick our heads in the sand and focus on survival. This is exactly what others are hoping for. They are seizing the moment, building on today’s fear to instil tomorrow’s obedience. If we don’t take care, much of the damage done to basic rights, democracy and the rule of law will be irreversible. Continue reading

DGV IX in Erding: A New Framework for Innovation in Local Democracy

 

As the German liberal political foundation, the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom (FNF) has been active for decades in the promotion of freedom, rule of law, social market economy, human rights and democracy in many countries around the world. In Greece, we support liberal minded local politicians to promote democracy and open society because we believe that Cities and local communities play a crucial role in achieving positive results for the political challenges of our time, in sectors such as the economy, environment and integration of minorities of any kind. Moreover, in search of innovative solutions we turn to active citizens and local politicians to bounce ideas off and come up with an inclusive agenda for the future. Continue reading

Can Innovation and Direct Engagement Bring European Democracy Back to the People?

A joint event of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and
the Mission of Switzerland to the EU, with a book presentation by N. Nuspliger

 

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The 2019 European elections set the course for the future of democracy in Europe. While EU-skeptical nationalists are calling for the disempowerment of European institutions and a return to pure cooperation between nation states, EU-supporters see greater integration as the way to more democracy. This debate hides the much more fundamental challenge that the democratic model is currently facing. While authoritarianism seems en vogue, liberal democracy is coming under increasing pressure from within, thus facing the challenge to adapt and reinvent itself. Continue reading

The European elections in Hungary and the EU

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European politics has been increasingly influenced by leaders promoting anti-European messages. Hungary, as the prime example of such rhetoric, is on the brink of slowly eroding its democracy. Prime Minister Orbán and his government are destructing the rule of law, dismantling constitutional checks and balances, buying up or closing down free media and threatening academic freedom. The liberty and freedom of not only Hungarians is at stake, but other Member States and the progress of European integration is as well.

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Journalism and Truth in the Time of Fake News

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The phenomenon of Fake News has turned from an obscure corner of the internet to a major canal of (dis)information in just a couple of years. With the presence of online news sources, news delivery is expected to be instantaneous, and journalists and news agencies face pressure to release stories rapidly to keep up with competing media sources.

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Russia between Europe and Authoritarianism: New developments addressed from an liberal perspective

On the day of the 100 anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Russian experts gave their assessment of the current state of Russia in the framework of an FNF event. Professors and researchers discussed the economic and political situation as well as the relationship with the European Union from different perspectives. 

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