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Poems of Liberty: Project Europe 2050
Call for Submissions: Project Europe 2050 Poems of Liberty The European Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the Hungarian Free Market Foundation are seeking submissions for their Poems of Liberty series under the theme of Project Europe 2050. We invite poets from within the European Union to share their vision for the future of Europe in three categories: Sustainability, Participation, Global Perspective.
FNF Connects - One Month in Istanbul
Greta Kiss from the Brussels office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom worked in Istanbul for five weeks as part of the "One Foundation Worldwide" programme and gained insights into the work of the team on the ground and the challenges facing Turkey, an indispensable but very challenging partner of the EU. The country was mourning thousands of losses in the earthquake of the century, and all eyes turned to the region in Southeastern Turkey. This, of course, has had a significant impact on Turkish society and also on the staff and local partners of FNF’s Istanbul office. The humanitarian disaster also has domestic implications, especially as the sad event comes at a time of planned presidential and parliamentary elections, the outcome of which is uncertain.
"New Kids on the Block" – Farmer party wins Dutch elections
A new populist party has rocked the political landscape in the Netherlands by winning the provincial elections last Wednesday. The BoerBurgerBeweging (Farmer-Citizen Movement/BBB) won more than one in five votes nationwide, with a campaign that capitalised on rural anger at the current government’s environmental policies. The result will put pressure on the government’s ability to pass legislation, as the provincial elections determine the makeup of the Dutch Senate, and may lead to increased tensions within the four=party governing coalition.
"Je t’aime, moi non plus"
In recent years, disputes have increasingly strained British-French relations. Accordingly, the meeting between British Prime Minister Sunak and French President Macron on 10th March was eagerly awaited. But one thing seems clear: the relationship between the two countries remains strained. The pressure on the leaders of Europe's two nuclear powers to agree on a common strategy for Europe's greatest foreign policy challenge will continue to intensify.
Innovation and Politics: An Intertwined Relationship
The relationship between politics and innovation is complex and intertwined, according to a recent visit to Berlin and Brussels. Policymakers determine to what extent and how well innovation is embraced at the country level, with Estonia serving as a prime example of digital citizen services that have elevated governmental processes. The willingness of governments to adopt technologies and innovative processes is crucial. Politics also determines the future of innovation through regulation, such as the debate around the AI Act in the EU. Despite complexities facing policymakers, Europe is pushing for a more citizen- and planet-centric economy with significant momentum in social innovation.
Why Alleviating Resource Dependency on China is so Complex for the EU
The People’s Republic of China is putting more and more pressure on European decision-makers. They have not been aware of how deeply entangled European economic productivity is with Chinese supply chains, especially Chinese raw materials imports. Along with the understanding of Europe’s dependency comes the realisation that this creates a political dependency that is to be taken very seriously. While the EU is looking for ways to diversify alternative ways to cover its resource supply, unity on a common political stance towards China seems to be almost impossible to achieve.
Liberal Impulses for Europe's Future
The Treaty of Nice came into force 20 years ago today and increased the efficiency and legitimacy of the EU's bodies and prepared for the eastern and southern expansion of the EU. Today, the EU is more united than ever. But it is also facing a multitude of challenges in 2023: a war, EU membership applications, and the need to realign global supply chains. At the New Year reception of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Brussels, Europe's liberals exchanged ideas for a future EU that is capable of action: shaping an open social market economy, fighting disinformation, redefining Europe's role in the world, and designing a future model of Europe by 2050.