Liberal Breakfast on the Spanish Elections

A joint event series of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and ALDE Party


After government only formed in a second election attempt in 2016, Spanish citizens will now cast their vote in a snap election on April 28. Less than one month later, Spaniards will have to vote again for their local, regional and European representatives on May 26.

Campaigning ahead of the Spanish parliamentary elections on 28 April has brought to the fore the many, primarily domestic, challenges that the country faces. Those range from imminent economic issues, such as a new budget, unemployment and public debts, to the political discourse on Catalonia. They also include long-term developments, such as questions on demography and ageing population, as well as immigration. These hot topics will be decisive among Spanish voters in the upcoming elections. Continue reading

The European elections in Hungary and the EU


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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Liberal Breakfast – The French Elections 2017: The Morning After

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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.

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Upcoming Event: The Dutch Elections 2017. The Morning After



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.

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Erdbeben, Wahl-Wunder, grauenhafte Reality-Show

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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.


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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
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