The War in Ukraine – Forgotten, but not Cold 

Our Ukraine expert Beate Apelt and security expert Sebastian Vagt report on the Ukraine conflict, analyzing possible future scenarios



Europe is at war. This is often overlooked in view of the Corona pandemic and a recently renewed refugee crisis on the Greek-Turkish border. However, in eastern Ukraine, soldiers are still dying every week in an armed conflict that should have been resolved five years ago. A group of liberal defence experts has gathered a picture in Kyiv. Continue reading

Orbán’s Move Towards Putin 

For the seventh time since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.



Hungary’s national conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is one of the most vocal critics of Western sanctions against Russia. The relationship between the two countries has a strong economic foundation, especially in the form of a gas supply contract. On the 30th of October Hungary and Russia signed several agreements on social security, sport and the economy during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Budapest. According to Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, the consultations with Moscow did not jeopardise Hungary’s loyalty to its NATO and EU partners. How is the EU dealing with these split tendencies? Continue reading

EU-Ukraine Integration at a Crossroad – Opportunities and Risks of the Association Process 

A joint event of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Promote Ukraine


Ten years have elapsed since the European Union entered a new period in its evolution – one of the most complex in the history of European integration. This period started with the 2008-2009 global economic and financial crisis, which caused the Euro area crisis and the Greek debt crisis, and later spread to other, non-economic areas. This gives rise to questions regarding the future of the European Union, its integration association, as well as its impact on the development of the global economy.

Answers to these questions are especially important for Ukraine, given that since 2014 its strategic course of fundamental socio-economic and political transformations has been very closely connected with the European integration idea, and the Association Agreement with the EU has become a key mechanism that determines the pace and directions of Ukrainian reforms. Continue reading

Brückenbauer zwischen Ost und West oder chancenloser Vermittler?

Der österreichische Außenminister Sebastian Kurz. Source: OSZE.


Mit Beginn des neuen Jahres hat Österreich von Deutschland den Vorsitz der Organisation für Sicherheit und Zusammenarbeit in Europa (OSZE) übernommen. Heute hielt der österreichische Außenminister Sebastian Kurz seine Antrittsrede als amtierender Vorsitzender vor dem Ständigen Rat der OSZE, das Gremium in dem die Botschafter der OSZE-Staaten wöchentlich beraten. Die OSZE bietet traditionell eine fast einzigartige Möglichkeit zur Zusammenarbeit von Ost und West. Doch spätestens seit der russischen Annexion der Krim und dem Konflikt in der Ostukraine ist die Kooperation schwierig geworden. Österreich sitzt der OSZE nun für die kommenden zwölf Monate vor: keine einfache Aufgabe für den Chefdiplomaten Kurz, aber durchaus eine, aus der er innenpolitisches Kapital schlagen kann.


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Upcoming event: Powering Security: EU Natural Gas Supplies


11 February 2016, 12h00-14h00
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

 About the event:
Energy security is essential in achieving stability in the European region. Despite Europe’s strong dependence on natural gas as a source of energy, imported gas makes up the greatest part of Europe’s gas consumption. Such a strong dependence on external energy resources presents a severe weakness to European energy security, as any disruption in the supply of imported gas can result in crippling energy shortages. Continue reading

Can Decentralization lead to Peace in Ukraine?


On 25 October the Ukrainians went to the polls to elect new regional and local representatives. Unfortunately not all segments of the country were free to elect new representatives, including the illegally occupied Crimea Peninsula. Critics of the elections were quick to point out shortcomings, but regardless of these shortcomings the elections were an important stepping-stone towards a new future for Ukraine. Continue reading

The future of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP)

Gruppenbild_1Coinciding with International Human Rights Day on 10th December, FNF and the Human Rights Committee of Liberal International (LI) met in the European Parliament in Brussels to debate the future of the Responsibility to Protect Principle, 10 years after its adoption. Bringing together liberal parliamentarians, diplomats, civil society representatives and human rights practitioners the discussions focused on the growing challenges and misconceptions attached to the implementation of the principle.

IMG_9247In his opening remarks, LI HRC Chairman and LI Vice-President on the Bureau, Markus Löning, warned that the R2P formula needs to be improved. “We need to identify where liberals can act. There are great challenges ahead of us and we need to improve the system of R2P in the face of growing failures on the part of the UN Security Council to evoke the principle in situations where there are mass atrocities against innocent civilians”, he said.

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