ALDE and Macron’s Renaissance List Form a Common Faction 

European Liberals and French seal their cooperation in Strasbourg

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“Ca y est!” – “It’s done!”, is what many europhile liberals probably thought last weekend. After months of uncertainty about the political anchorage of the pro-European Renaissance list of French President Emmanuel Macron in the future European Parliament, the speculation should now have come to an end.


After first tentative cooperation attempts at the ALDE party congress in Madrid last November, European liberals and the French Renaissance list finally sealed their post-EU-election cooperation. The cooperation is based on a Memorandum of Understanding for a still nameless future faction. It is likely that the French name “Renaissance” will be retained, being in line with the ALDE election slogan “Renew Europe”.

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Spanish Ciudadanos Establish as Liberal-Centrist Force

Albert Rivera is excited and in a defiant mode. Last Sunday, the leader of the Spanish Liberals achieved what other liberal parties in Europe might dream of. In only four years, he and his team of the “Equipo Naranja” (Team Orange, based on the orange colour of the party) further expanded their parliamentary presence and established themselves as liberal-centrist force in Spain. Ciudadanos (Cs) is now the third force nationally and are represented by 57 congressmen and women which is nearly the double compared to the previous elections in 2016 (32). Continue reading

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

Upcoming event: Europe Decides: Campaigns, candidates & the EU post-elections

Results Debate InfographicThursday, 22 May 2014
12.00 – 14.00
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

Between 22 and 25 May 2014 citizens of the 28 EU Member States will elect their representatives to the European Parliament, the only directly elected body of the European Union. Partially in order to counteract the decreasing voter turnout since the first EP-elections in 1979, five European parties have nominated “Spitzenkandidaten” for the post of European Commission President. While national parties coordinate the campaigns of the total of 751 MEPs domestically, the European parties campaign EU-wide for their frontrunners: Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE), Jean-Claude Juncker (EPP), Ska Keller (Greens) and Martin Schulz (PES). The candidates faced each other in the first ever televised debate on 28 April in Maastricht.

Was the Europe-wide campaign successful? Were the candidates able to get their political positions across? Did putting faces on European campaigns help bring Europe closer to the people? Will it reverse decreasing voter turnout? Are European parties ready for “big campaigning”? Or do domestic issues again shape this year’s European elections?

Find the complete invitation here. Please register by 21 May.