“Es bringt nichts, Großbritannien die Tür zuzuschlagen”

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Großbritannien benötigt zwölf bis sechzehn Wochen, um seine internen Angelegenheiten nach dem Referendum zu regeln. Es wäre kontraproduktiv, wenn die Europäische Union in der Zwischenzeit die Tür zuschlagen sollte, schreibt Sir Graham Watson.

Großbritannien folgte Irland, Frankreich und den Niederlanden, indem seine Bürger die Europäische Union in einer Volksabstimmung ablehnten. Wie zuvor war auch das Ergebnis in Großbritannien überraschend, die Regierung nicht darauf vorbereitet und die neue Lage führte zu weiterer Unsicherheit.

Insgesamt stimmten 51,9 Prozent der Briten für einen Austritt ihres Landes aus der EU, 48,1% für einen Verbleib. Dieses durchaus knappe Gesamtergebnis spiegelt sich jedoch nicht in den einzelnen Gemeinden Großbritanniens wider.

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Brexit: “I regret the UK’s non-participation in the major axes of European advance”

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An interview with former ALDE Party President Sir Graham Watson

British Prime Minister David Cameron is currently seeking new conditions for the UK’s membership to the European Union. The Prime Minister is likely to host a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU by summer and on 18 February the European Council is meeting to discuss which new conditions they can offer Cameron.

In Britain the Brexit debate is already well underway and former president of the liberal ALDE Party, Sir Graham Watson, is currently touring Britain in an effort to show Britons that the Britain belongs to the EU.

Ahead of this important Council Meeting Sir Graham took the time to answer three questions on the Brexit debate by FNF European Affairs Manager Håvard Sandvik. Continue reading

Upcoming Event: Liberal Breakfast with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel

Luxembourg’s EU Council Presidency: A liberal agenda for Europe”

Monday, 14 September 2015, 08.30-10.00h
Venue: Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Bruxelles

Please note:
Meeting with the Prime Minister starts at 09.00
Light breakfast from 08.30 to 09.00

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About the event
Luxembourg assumed the Council presidency on 1 July with a distinctively liberal programme. Among the country’s priorities for the presidency are stimulating investment to boost growth, countering inequalities through social investment and advancing the digital single market, competitiveness and fair competition. Continue reading

Rebuilding liberalism in Italy – an agenda for 2020

IMG_4828Over 60 liberal politicians and activists met in Bologna on 28-30 November for a series of talks and trainings. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom together with the ALDE Party invited representatives from various organizations to come together and discuss about a possible cooperation in Italy and beyond. A process of profound rethinking of liberalism in Italy and of the challenges and opportunities for liberals in Italy was launched. Continue reading

Die griechische Ratspräsidentschaft – eine liberale Perspektive

logo greek presidencyGriechenland hat seit Jahreswechsel turnusgemäß zum fünften Mal seit dem Beitritt 1981 die rotierende Ratspräsidentschaft der Europäischen Union. Noch nie führte die hellenische Republik die Präsidentschaft in solch turbulenten Zeiten. Die Übernahme des Staffelstabs von Litauen wurde durch einen Anschlag auf die Residenz des deutschen Botschafters in Athen überschattet. Unbekannte feuerten mindestens 60 Schüsse aus zwei Kalaschnikows auf die Residenz. Verletzt wurde glücklicherweise niemand. Continue reading

The uninspiring Greek Presidency

IMG_1261Even if a small budgetary surplus raises the hopes for recovery of Greece, the Hellenic Republic assumed the rotating presidency of the European Council in turbulent times. “Both the EU and Greece are in a transitional state”, Sir Graham Watson MEP, President of the ALDE Party, resumed the situation. Indeed, the Greek presidency will be shaped by the ongoing management of the financial and sovereign debt crisis, and the European Parliament elections. Precisely, the upcoming European elections determine the tight agenda under which the Greek government is operating. Only two and a half months are left to find agreements in the Council and with the European Parliament on key issues at stake before the launch of the election campaign. Continue reading

Upcoming event: Priorities of the Greek Presidency 2014 – A liberal view

greekpresidencyThe following six months are a crucial time period for the EU. Greece, which will hold the Presidency for the fifth time since its accession in 1981, will oversee the completion of the banking union as well as the European Parliament elections in May. While juggling the busy schedule of the rotating Presidency, Greece will also have to handle significant internal developments, such as the local elections 18-15 May and continued negotiations with its international creditors. In Vilnius Greek Prime Minister Samaras explained the priorities of the Greek EU Presidency as “to remove European economies from recession”, “further integration of the EU-Eurozone”, “comprehensive migration management” as well as “redefining EU Maritime Policy”. Greece will spend around €50 million, an amount it can ill-afford, during the Presidency, all the while having its domestic budget scoured by international lenders. “It shall be a Spartan presidency when it comes to the budget and an Athenian one when it comes to values”, EUobserver quotes an official. Is Greece going to be able to anchor the issues it wants to talk about the most at the top of the EU? Will Greece benefit from the attention it receives during the following six? And finally, will the local elections harm or help in the process of taking on EU-level responsibilities?

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