Recently, Sweden has been marked by a heatwave causing major forest fires that even called European countries to come to aid. Domestically, the fires influenced the ongoing election campaign quite significantly. Other hotly debated issues were migration and violent crime.
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron won the second round of the French presidential election against Front National’s Marine Le Pen with 66.1% of the votes. The political differences of the two candidates couldn’t be more distinct. On the one hand Macron, who originates from the liberal left and seeks more European integration to resolve the current issues of both France and the European Union. On the other hand Le Pen, a right-wing and Euro-sceptic politician that wants to dismantle the European project and establish protectionist policies in the French Republic. Where Macron and his political movement stand and whether they can unite the French people again was thus up for debate at the Liberal Breakfast the Monday morning after the presidential election at the ALDE Party Headquarters in Brussels.
2017 faces many decisive elections in Europe. The Dutch Elections mark the beginning of the election ‘marathon’ in Europe and is being anxiously observed by liberals not only in the Netherlands.
Can Prime Minister Mark Rutte form a new government with new coalition partners? Will Geert Wilders’ PVV be as strong as polls forecast?
With past elections in mind, also the unexpected can happen on Election Day March 15.
Pünktlich zu den Frühstücksnachrichten stand das Wahlergebnis fest und ungläubig starrten vielerorts Europäer auf ihr Smartphone oder den Fernsehbildschirm. Was keiner so richtig erwartet hatte oder wollte, war plötzlich Realität – Donald Trump als neuer Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika. Dabei hatte der Kontinent erst im Juni einen ähnlichen Morgen erlebt, als man in Brüssel, Berlin, Paris und Warschau zum Brexit aufgewacht war.
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
Former Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance (Official Opposition),
Public speaker, writer, mentor, South Africa
Head of Research and Advocacy Projects, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, South Africa
Kindly register for this event by 4. November 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/capturedstateSA.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Belgien hält den Weltrekord bei der Regierungsbildung: 2010/2011 brauchten die Parteien 541 Tage, bis sie sich auf die Bildung einer neuen Regierung verständigen konnten. Spanien könnte bald einen weiteren Rekord aufstellen: drei Parlamentswahlen innerhalb eines knappen Jahres, sollte es dem geschäftsführenden Premier Mariano Rajoy nicht gelingen, bis voraussichtlich Ende August/Anfang September im Parlament einen Auftrag zur Regierungsbildung zu erhalten. Der einzige, der sich unermüdlich dafür einsetzt, den politischen Stillstand zu beenden, ist Albert Rivera, Chef der liberal-zentristischen Partei Ciudadanos (zu Deutsch „Bürger“).