Liberal Family Reunion in the Cradle of Democracy 

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation at the ALDE Party Congress in Athens


“Δημοκρατία” Democracy – it is not without reason that ancient Athens is regarded as the cradle of popular rule. As the first great city with claims to power over the Mediterranean and one of the first great European metropolises, Athens was also the gathering place of the world’s first parliament and the Athenian People’s Assembly, which took place several times a month. Continue reading

“The opposite of populism is responsibility” – How Liberals oppose populists on four continents 

Four countries from East to West, from North to South; four different leaders; one common challenge: populist autocrats in government – and Liberals opposing their rule. To shed light on the inspiring quest of Liberals from South Africa, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Hungary, FNF convened a panel discussion at the fringes of the Liberal International Congress in Andorra.

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The speakers represented four countries on four continents which differ significantly in their history and culture. But they also share a sad reality: Freedom in their countries has decreased in the last 20 years and even more so in the last two years. At the same time, the populist rulers in Venezuela, South Africa, Hungary and the Philippines have all been elected at some point in the past, regardless of how autocratic or unpopular they are today. Continue reading

Upcoming Event: “Helen Zille: South Africa’s narrow path between liberal principles and leftist populism”

Helen_Zille_Promo-BildThursday, 6 November 2014


Registration: 18:30h

Reception: 20:30-21:00h

Venue: Bibliothèque Solvay, Parc Léopold, Belliardstraat 137, 1040 Brussel

About the event

Helen Zille, Leader of the South African Democratic Alliance and Premier of Western Cape Province, has been an outspoken advocate for civil and political rights all her life. In her early days as a political correspondent for Rand Daily Mail, she exposed the cover-up of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko’s death. Continue reading

Mabuhay! Philippine Liberal Congressmen in Brussels

A delegation of six progressive liberal Congressmen of the ruling Liberal Party of the Philippines as well as the President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines visited Brussels in October. On their agenda were meetings with Members of the European Parliament, European Commissioner Karel de Gucht, and European liberals whom they engaged in discussions on free trade, open markets and the relations of the EU and the Philippines in the context of ASEAN.
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