Upcoming Events

  • 01. Jun 2016

    Democracy infringement in Europe: definition, history and popular beliefs

    Budapest
    Hungary
    It is widely claimed, that there is a clear tendency of democratic backslide in East Central Europe, which involves also the infringement of the freedom of press and of other political rights. The democratic backslide is closely connected to the “illiberal turn” in the region, which was expressly formulated by the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in 2014. This phenomenon is closely connected to the joint effects of the financial crisis and the post-accession fatigue in the new member states. The optimism after the 2004 and 2007 enlargement quickly diminished during the 2008 financial crisis. On the one hand the EU and “europeness” lost much of its normative value for citizens. On the other hand, politicians of new member states could have a better bargaining power from the inside vis-á-vis the EU’s institutions. Meanwhile, the refugee crisis gave new impetus to illiberal tendencies. Instead of mitigating the fears and anxiety of European citizens, many politicians exploited these for their own particular interests. This undermined the universal concept of human rights and also intra-European solidarity. The democratic backslide is thus a complex political phenomenon with various origins. Our conference aims to clarify the roots, the symptoms and the consequences of democratic backslide and democracy infringement. In the first panel we will focus on the much referred Hungarian case with the invited representatives of NGOs and advocacy groups. Our main question is, whether democratic backslide is systematic or a pragmatic feature of the Fidesz regime. In the second panel international experts will discuss causes and outcomes of democratic backslide on the European level.

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  • 08. Jun 2016

    ELF Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable: Freedom of choice – School education across Europe

    Vienna
    Austria
    A truly free person is someone who is in charge of his or her own destiny. In the modern world, being free to pursue your dreams also means being free to pursue the kind of education you seek out. Education is the foundation of freedom, because with education comes self-determination. Educational freedom is not only important at the tertiary level, but even more so at elementary and secondary level. School systems, which allow children and their parents freedom of choice, are distinguished by diversity and innovation, key drivers of education. How have liberals gone about pursuing the goal of school choice, which boosts social mobility and individual freedom? Lithuania has, with great results, experimented with a school voucher system. Sweden was one of the pioneers in allowing private schools to flourish and in Austria and Germany Liberals have been promoting education reform to allow more freedom. Join our discussion to learn from four different countries where liberals have plowed the way for freer education systems.

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  • 09. Jun 2016

    ELF Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable: A vision for the European Digital Society

    Ljubljana
    Slovenia
    The internet and digital technologies are transforming our world. But existing barriers online mean citizens miss out on goods and services, internet companies and start-ups have their horizons limited, and businesses and governments cannot fully benefit from digital tools. Tearing down regulatory walls could contribute €415 billion per year to our economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. In 2016, the Republic of Slovenia adopted three core digital strategies, which are paving the road for Slovenia in the European Digital Single Market.

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  • 10. Jun – 12. Jun 2016

    Regional Academy for Liberalism: Launching of the Regional Academy, Organizational Development

    Zagreb
    Croatia
    Having a strong organization is a precondition for success, whether trying to win elections or promoting liberal ideas in the society. The event shall attempt to promote organizational change in parties and political foundations by presenting good practices and available options to relevant persons in their organizational structures. In particular, the event will be an opportunity for participants to learn about developing a grass-roots level organization, new approaches in organization, goal-oriented leadership, staff management and finding new avenues for funding. Objective: learn from best practices and create through active participation in workshops a framework for a successful political organization After this event you will know: * What your organization should look like, taking into consideration your national context * What talent do you need (to develop) * How to convince supporters to provide resources (time/money/etc)

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  • 15. Jun 2016

    ELF Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable: Constitutional Struggle - How Political Parties in Central Europe tried to limit constitutional courts

    Państwomiasto
    Poland
  • 28. Jun – 29. Jun 2016

    The European Refugee Crisis: Liberal Answers to Challenges on the Land

    Sofia
    Bulgaria
    Europe is faced with the largest influx of refugees and migrants since World War II. It is safe to say that migration is, and will be, one of the key challenges the European Union (EU) will be confronted with in the years to come - on a strategic, political, and moral level. This is why the ELF, together with FNF, offers a comprehensive series of workshops aiming to provide the fullest possible picture of the refugee crisis and its challenges – from initial registration in the Aegean to camps in Bulgaria and the seemingly ceaseless trek of refugees on the Balkan route
  • 30. Jun – 01. Jul 2016

    The European Refugee Crisis: Liberal Answers to Challenges on the Trek

    Belgrade
    Serbia
    Europe is faced with the largest influx of refugees and migrants since World War II. It is safe to say that migration is, and will be, one of the key challenges the European Union (EU) will be confronted with in the years to come - on a strategic, political, and moral level. This is why the ELF, together with FNF, offers a comprehensive series of workshops aiming to provide the fullest possible picture of the refugee crisis and its challenges – from initial registration in the Aegean to camps in Bulgaria and the seemingly ceaseless trek of refugees on the Balkan route

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