Promoting citizenship: (Re-)Connecting Europe to its citizens

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On 26 May 2019, more than 400 Million EU citizens were invited to exercise their democratic right to vote in elections to the European Parliament. Politics as usual? Only partially: For the first time ever, voter turnout rose and was even the highest for 20 years. Moreover, albeit with some exceptions, the much anticipated eurosceptic wave in the future European Parliament was put to a stop. However, such recent positive developments do not hide the fact that European politics and EU decision-making are perceived as being (too) distant by EU citizens for some years already. An argument which is often brought forward not only by anti-European voices. Continue reading

Understanding EU Citizenship: from the Past to the Present 

An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) and supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

«Citizenship is hereby established. […] Citizens of the Union shall enjoy the rights and be subject to  the duties provided for in the Treaties. », stipulates Article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the
European Union.
However, do we as European citizens really know what the concept of citizenship means for us today and which concrete rights it entails apart from voting on 26 May ? As there remains still much to do in the field, we take the opportunity to put a spotlight onto EU citizenship shortly after Europe Day and only ten days before the European elections.

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ELF Internship Programme for Young Greeks

Πρόγραμμα πρακτικής άσκησης για Έλληνες στο Ευρωπαϊκό Φιλελεύθερο Φόρουμ (ELF)

ELF_logo_longΤο Ευρωπαϊκό Φιλελεύθερο Φόρουμ (ELF) που έχει έδρα στις Βρυξέλλες, αποτελεί το θεμέλιο του Ομάδας των Φιλελευθέρων Δημοκρατών στο Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινοβούλιο (ALDE). Με την εργασία του, προσφέρει ένα βήμα για διάλογο σχετικά με την ευρωπαϊκή πολιτική, καθώς επίσης εκπαίδευση για όλους τους φιλελεύθερα σκεπτόμενους πολίτες. Μια βασική πτυχή του έργου του συνίσταται στην έκδοση κειμένων για τον Φιλελευθερισμό και την ευρωπαϊκή πολιτική. Στόχος του είναι η προώθηση της ενεργούς συμμετοχής των πολιτών σε αυτά τα θέματα.

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Dahrendorf Taskforce Publication Series

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Having unlimited access to public information sources is understood to be a fundamental prerogative in democratic processes and for the well-functioning of a market economy. In fact, the intention to keep the deficit of asymmetric information as small as possible and thereby improving effectiveness is an essential difference between liberal-democratic states and authoritarian regimes. Continue reading

Dahrendorf Taskforce Publication Series

Cover_Ukrain as a Bridge to Russia_Kaminski TomaszThe current situation in Eastern Ukraine is once again dominating the news’ headlines and bears the danger of destabilizing the European Union’s Eastern Partnership as a whole. The fragility of the member states’ soft power approach and their consensus-based agreement on economic sanctions against neo-imperial Russia is what Dr. Tomasz Kaminski’s paper focuses on. Continue reading

Dahrendorf Taskforce Publication Series

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Many anti-Europeans and Eurosceptics warn that national parliaments are losing influence in the EU’s decision-making process. They fear that member states might lose their sovereignty and ability to govern themselves. The Treaty of Lisbon was an attempt to strengthen the influence member states have. Continue reading