“Mehr Freiheit muss unsere Antwort an die Feinde der Demokratie sein”

Source: ALDE Party
Source: ALDE Party

Auf dem Kongress der europäischen Liberalen und Demokraten (ALDE) wurde der frühere Menschenrechtsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung Markus Löning kürzlich zum Vizepräsidenten gewählt.

Im Gespräch mit FNF Europe spricht er über die europäische Asylpolitik, den Krieg in Syrien und die Herausforderungen für die Liberalen in Europa. Continue reading

Setting data protection higher on the liberal agenda

At the ALDE Party Congress in Lisbon, the Friedrich Naumann FNF fringe meeting lissabon 1114 (8)Foundation for Freedom organised a debate on the impact of digital technology on privacy and liberal proposals on data protection regulation. Gesine Meissner, MEP, opened her remarks by stating that “as liberals we want both, technological progress and high data protection standards”. Indeed, new technologies have not only created new potential for the economy and human interaction, they have also increased the scale of data collection in an unprecedented way. Revelations on mass-snooping of democratically elected governments on their citizens and nationals of other countries have set off mass outrage throughout the world. Governmental emphasis on control and security, especially since 9/11, has often happened at the expense of civil rights and personal freedom. However, as Markus Löning, Director of the Privacy Project, stated at the event “there is no compromise on fundamental rights”. Continue reading

Migration is in Europe’s DNA: Re-framing the debate on asylum and migration in Europe

IMG_2798Asylum and migration are issues which make the lack of a common European policy apparent. Asylum, emigration and immigration remain mostly a competence of the member states, as they are considered an issue of national sovereignty and mostly approached from a security perspective. Though harmonization of rules at EU level has been progressing over the past few years, progress towards a common policy towards asylum on the one hand, and legal migration on the other, are urgently needed. 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!