Through the connection of EU experts, civil society, and decision makers we seek to foster open dialogue and discuss liberal policy solutions to European challenges. Together with our liberal partners, we develop formats and campaigns to promote rule of law, free markets and human rights. Moreover, we coordinate EU co-funded projects in the field of democracy support, development cooperation and human rights protection.
2021, a year of transition in the European Union, but good prospects for 2022
2021 has been a year of transition in the European Union after the important year 2020, in which important decisions of federal scope were adopted, such as the Recovery Plan and the Next Generation Fund, the purchase and distribution of health material and vaccines, which is proving to be a success, despite the sixth wave, and the doubling of the multiannual financial framework 2021-2027.
Franco-German Relations: The Prospects For A European Leap Forward
Turbulence in Franco-German relations has often ensued from the occupant of the Élysée or the Chancellery being replaced. Dealing with a new partner from another party, with a different temperament or from another generation has sometimes required time to create good chemistry or, failing that, a modus vivendi between the two leaders.
A Modern Agora
Emmanuel Macron’s idea of a (citizens’) Conference on the Future of Europe needs more support in Germany. It has been running since June, but so far hardly anyone knows about it.
France-Germany: reconcilable priorities?
Writing recently in Der Spiegel, the Secretary of State for European affairs, Clément Beaune, underlined the indispensable nature of the “Franco-German alliance”. For decades it has been a vital and undeniable paradigm of European integration policy: without an understanding between Paris-Berlin there is no hope! The adoption of the NextGenerationEU recovery plan in July 2020 demonstrated this vividly.
Spiking gas prices trigger the resurgence of energy-related disinformation
The disinformation narratives of the last weeks serve as a condensed version of the harmful content we have seen throughout the year, ranging from Kremlin deceptions about the energy crisis to opportunistic abuse of the pandemic situation.
Defeat in a parliamentary by-election exposes the UK government’s woes, brings new hope for Liberal Democrats
The Prime Minister looks increasingly embattled. A man who claims to carry the mantle of Winston Churchill, the hero of whom he has penned a biography, appears to possess little of Churchill’s strength in adversity. Eager to shift public attention away from his personal troubles, he has engaged in needless and damaging conflicts with France over fishing rights and aspirant migrants and in battle with health experts over Covid.
Launch: Poems of Liberty - Human Rights Edition
Poems work to convey ideas, emotions and stories, which is why on this International Human Rights Day 2021 the European Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the Hungarian Free Market Foundation are launching their first edition of “Poems of Liberty”.