The European Dialogue of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom has offices in Brussels, Geneva, Madrid, and Prague.
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.
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Dutch election result opens Pandora’s box
In a political earthquake, the far-right Party for Freedom won a resounding victory in the Dutch general elections. Led by long-time MP and political provocateur Geert Wilders, the party won 37 out of 150 seats in the Dutch parliament. The unexpected result sent shock waves through the Netherlands and Europe, as Wilders’ anti-Islam and anti-Europe positions have now gained solid ground in the mainstream.
(6.12.2023) Ukraine's EU Integration Process
On 8 November, the European Commission adopted its 2023 Enlargement Package, which recommends to open accession negotiations with – among others – Ukraine. We invite you to join us for an evening with key representatives from both the EU and Ukraine to discuss the accession progress report and its implications, as well as the role of Liberals in driving forward the necessary institutional reforms both in the EU and Ukraine.
Building a Green, Fair and Resilient Solar PV Supply Chain
Europe faces a critical moment in its energy strategy, with opportunities to diversify its supply and enhance independence through global partnerships. However, challenges arise from disruptions in gas trade due to geopolitical conflicts, leading to increased CO2-intensive fuels. The push for renewable energy, as seen in the EU Green Deal, is hindered by divergent member state strategies, infrastructure limitations, and economic bottlenecks. China's renewable energy sector dominance poses a unique challenge, emphasizing the need for re-globalizing supply chains to mitigate risks and ensure stable collaborations for a sustainable energy transition.
Vacancy: Finance & HR Administrator (f/m/d) in Central Europe and Baltic States
The position of Finance & HR Administrator in Central Europe and Baltic States in the Prague office is available from January 1, 2024 on a full-time basis with 40 hours per week, limited until December 31, 2025. Click here for more information.
The Radicality of Sunlight: Five Pathways to a More Democratic Europe
The EU faces critical challenges, including transitions and crises. Amidst this, it must address its democratic issues. A High-Level Group, comprising 23 members from various backgrounds and CEPS Young Thinkers, has proposed recommendations to enhance EU democracy. These recommendations center on transparency, crisis governance, European Parliament elections, national parliaments' EU ties, and participatory democracy. Click here to find out more.
New Impulses for Stagnant Relationships - German-French Ministerial Council Meets in a New Format
Against the backdrop of the current relationship between Germany and France and a multitude of differences in various areas such as defense, industry, and energy policies, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz invited French President Emmanuel Macron and a portion of his cabinet to a German-French retreat in Hamburg on October 9th and 10th. The informal working discussions were aimed at mitigating existing tensions rather than making high-profile public declarations.
Europeans would like to see values-based foreign policy and ditch veto
A recent survey reveals that Europeans desire an EU foreign policy rooted in values, with a focus on security, human rights, and freedom. The poll, conducted across ten member states and commissioned by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, highlights a growing sentiment that the EU Council's veto system obstructs a more unified foreign policy. As Europe assumes a greater international role, citizens are increasingly engaged and concerned about the EU's stance on global issues. The findings also suggest a nascent European identity, signaling a potential shift towards a collective European political sphere.