27. Apr – 30. Apr 2017
European Women's Academy
EWA is a state-of-the-art campaign school for aspiring future female leaders from liberal parties within Europe which helps them through intense campaigning trainings to further develop their personal careers which consequently promotes personal empowerment and gender equality.
28. Apr 2017
Next generation EU - inspiration and challenge
The nationalistic and populistic movements are spreading their influence fast and are endangering not only the European identity of the citizens but also the core values of liberal democracy. It is important in such an environment to continue outlining the main reasons for the EU to exist and to be preserved with the view to its future in the 21 century.
What way should Europe go in order to be able to handle crisis and challenges in the rapidly changing world.
How to respond to the concrete citizens’ concerns on the ground; How to organise the future of the European security, ensuring European and national institutions are able to defend/promote democracy and the rule of law and how to bring back to the citizens the ownership of the European project; should Europe continue to play it's global role as before or should it focus on economy and welfare.
29. Apr 2017
Radical Generation. Young Europeans and Radical Parties
In recent years, we observed a process of radicalization of youth in Poland. These young Europeans support extreme movements and parties whose ideas are far removed from liberal and democratic values. If the trend is not halted, European integration will be stanched and its outcomes threatened. Now it is up to us, liberals and in particular liberal minded youth, to counter this trend.
04. May – 05. May 2017
European Liberal Forum, think tank Magma and think tank Fores are proud to announce the second Liberal Academy. Liberal Academy 2017 consists of two modules. The first module, which among other topics will focus on Nationalism in Europe, will be held in Helsinki and Stockholm on the 4th–5th of May 2017.
04. May – 06. May 2017
Stand up to the New Kids on the Blog: Countering Liars and Deniers, Fake News and Trolls
More often than not, populist sentiment is expressed online, in the shroud of anonymity offered by the Internet. Political parties are faced with this challenge in commentary fields of articles, but also on Facebook and Twitter. In some cases we see fake news stories appear, trying to discredit politicians and threatening the values of our free and open societies. How should we handle this populist challenge online?
Warding off populist attacks is just one side of the coin. How do we effectively communicate our messages and visions to citizens? Is there something we can “learn” from populists when it comes to successful communication? What strategies, tools, and indicators will we need to develop to win (back) the political debate?
Bringing together communications experts from liberal parties, movements, think tanks and campaigns, we want to find cutting-edge ways for spreading the liberal message online and counter the liars and deniers, fake news and trolls.
09. May 2017
How Liberals Perceive the Challenge of Migration
The migration crisis has been one of the most important political issues in Europe since the onset of the Syrian Civil War and has significantly impacted European liberalism and liberal parties. The crisis is widely credited with contributing to the already existing problems of European liberals, leading to a rise in populism throughout Europe. Liberal parties have tried to develop sound policy solutions, which have been, to varying degrees, politically successful.
Which policies have gained political support? What policies and actions have worked to address the challenge of migration? How have liberals in different countries approached the influx of migration? How can liberals work together to retain their strength in Europe?
19. May 2017
Debating Liberal Approaches to the Future of Europe
In the context of growing Euroscepticism, rising nationalism and criticism on the liberal foundations of the market economy, discussing liberal approaches regarding the future of Europe is more important than ever. Especially in the light of the March elections in The Netherlands and the upcoming elections Germany and France, there is a necessity to discuss possible new ways to structure Europe, tackle European issues comprehensively and to increase the liberal identity of Europe.