“Small is not beautiful in politics” – Why liberals must unite

The European Liberal Democrats, the ALDE Party, have elected a new president, Hans van Baalen, a Member of the European Parliament and Honorary President of Liberal International. Van Baalen hails from the liberal VVD Party in the Netherlands. Rounding off our series of Liberal Breakfasts FNF and the ALDE Party hosted an intimate breakfast discussion with Van Baalen to find out how he wants to run his term as the “hands-on” president, the slogan he brandished during his campaign.

In his introductory remarks van Baalen made IMG_9034clear that he saw his role as ALDE Party president much more in the tradition of British party chairmen than as a more political president. As a proverbial chairman he would focus more on bringing European liberals together in celebration of their diversity, rather than forcing uniform positions on European issues. He stressed that he was personally not a fan of labels such as social liberal, market liberal, left-liberal or conservative-liberal. Van Baalen underlined that liberals of all colours share a commitment to civil liberties on the one hand and a free market on the other. As president he will use this basic tenet work to bring liberals together and ensure that regardless of labels they work together for a more liberal Europe. Continue reading

Liberal Breakfast: Hands on – How can Liberals unite?

Source: ALDE Party

Wednesday, 9 December 2015
8.00 – 9.30

Venue: ALDE Party, Rue d’Idalie 11, 1050 Brussels

About the event

The European Union is facing a seemingly never-ending list of challenges these days: refugee crisis, terrorism, Euroscepticism, unemployment, energy union and the digital single market are just some of the issues on the agenda.

How will the new ALDE Party Presidency set priorities? What new ways can European Liberals propose to counter the refugee crisis? How do we protect liberal values in the face of calls for increased surveillance and security measures? Continue reading

For a world of freedom – the Friedrich Naumann Foundation celebrates 50 years of international politics

130708_50 Years FNS_96dpi (54 von 127)Institutions and civil society are crucial to growth and development. Democratic, strong and inclusive institutions guarantee the rule of law, economic development and fundamental rights for every citizen. It is thus crucial to support individuals, movements and organisations – that is civil society -that work to strengthen institutions. This has been precisely the guiding principle of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom for the past 50 years. For the past half a century, the Foundation has been fostering institutions based on the rule of law, engaging civil society and supporting democracy worldwide.

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Upcoming event: “Strengthening institutions and promoting civil society“

Layout 1 (Page 2)This year marks half a century during which FNF has been working towards fostering institutions based on the rule of law, engaging civil society and supporting democracy worldwide. We are celebrating this anniversary on 8 July at 19h at the Palais des Académies, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels

Special guests who will look back and ahead on 50 years of experience are Dr Irmgard Schwaetzer, Member of the Board of Directors of the FNF and former Federal Minister, Dr. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, Markus Löning, German Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid and Hans van Baalen MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and President of Liberal International (LI).

A reception with live music will follow the keynote speeches.

Please register by 5 July via http://tinyurl.com/ngbclpk.

We look forward to celebrating our anniversary with you!