Upcoming Events

  • 25. Apr – 27. Apr 2018

    Fighting Human Rights Violations in a Semi-Authoritarian Political System. Human Rights Activism in Turkey and the Human Rights Mechanisms of the Council of Europe and the European Union

    During recent years, human rights violations have become commonplace in Turkey’s political reality. Nowadays, the human rights activists in Turkey have to face individual threats and encroachments by the state institutions. They have to work in a societal environment, in which their fight for the individual human rights is too often intentionally misinterpreted as “support for terrorist organizations” or as an action against the interests of the Republic of Turkey. Considering these political circumstances, human rights activists in Turkey have to know and understand the protection mechanisms for the human rights given by the European Convention on Human Rights (and its five protocols) and by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. As a founding member of the Council of Europe and an applicant to EU Membership, Turkey is supposed to implement the CoE human rights mechanisms fully and to respect EU regulations likewise. With this program, the participants will get the chance to improve their competence in making use of existing human rights mechanism. They will get the opportunity to report on their human rights activism on the ground to an international/European audience.
  • 25. Apr 2018

    Will the illiberalism be further developed in Hungary? Civil society vs. the Orbán government

    Since Orbán's announcement of the illiberal state in 2015, we have seen more and more unprecedented damage to Hungarian democracy. For years there has been no liberal party in the Hungarian parliament, the liberal thoughts were pushed into the streets. However, recently liberal actors have also appeared, who are not only willing and able to oppose the Fidesz government and the 'illiberal democracy' of prime minister Viktor Orbán, but to whom citizens may be willing to vote. In the light of this, we wish to evaluate the greatest successes and mistakes of the democratic opposition and liberal parties in the last Hungarian parliamentary election and discuss the outputs with the representatives of the civil society. What will happen to liberalism when it has to comes back to the streets again? How will the role of the NGOs and civil movements change if the illiberalism continues to evolve after April 2018?

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  • 27. Apr 2018

    Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable: On the move or at a dead end?

    Czech Republic
    The European Commission’s introduction of the Mobility Package has been met with a mixed reception. The new legislation imposes greater restrictions on the road transport sector, which could massively damage businesses that rely on cross-border transportation. One of the changes entitles drivers to be paid the local minimum wage if their time spent within a country exceeds only 3 days. For small businesses in particular, these cost surges could lead to their closure, which has prompted accusations of protectionism. Who will benefit and who will lose from the implementation of the Mobility Package? How will the implementation of these rules work in practice? What will be the consequences for the European market? What will the real cost of the Mobility Package for Czech businesses, and businesses across the union? What can be done to protect small businesses?
  • 28. Apr 2018

    Conditional Cohesion Policy - New Incentives for a Liberal Europe?

    Cohesion Policy is a major driver for economic prosperity and social cohesion throughout the entire EU. As the EU's main investment policy it has an allocated expenditure of EUR 356 billion, making it the EU's second largest budget item equivalent to almost one third (32.5 %) of the total EU budget. As the discussions on the EU’s post-2020 budget are getting underway, questions are raised about the introduction of new conditions for receiving cohesion funds. These “ex ante conditionalities” were first introduced in the current financial cycle and are seen by many as powerful incentive for Member States and regions to carry out reforms. How effective was the use of these conditionalities so far? Can the conditionalities be expanded to other policy areas, such as adherence to the rule of law and migration management? And is this an effective way to respond to new policy challenges?
  • 03. May 2018

    ELF Expert Forum on the future of the EMU

    The event is organised by the European Liberal Forum with the support of FNF Germany and ALDE Party. This event is part of a series of Expert Forums organised around Europe on topical matters and challenges facing the European Union, and will be conducted as the ALDE Party considers its manifesto for the 2019 elections to the European Parliament. This forum will be particularly focus on The Future of the EMU. Understanding ongoing changes, emerging trends and their potential implications are important to set out possible concrete steps for deepening and completing the Economic and Monetary Union.
  • 11. May – 13. May 2018

    Train the Coalition Managers

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    It should give a quick overview of the most well-known Coalition Concepts, enable the participants from four regional liberal Parties (HNS, HSLS, LDP, Naša Stranka) to analyse the Advantages and Disadvantages of building the Coalitions, taking into consideration the actual context in which the Coalition Building should take place. Also, the Communicating the intention of building an Coalition to the voters and throughout the Party itself is crucial, and should be tackled, as much as how to reach a Compromise in the Party, on the substance of the Coalition Treaty
  • 14. May 2018

    Minorities and Democracy in Northern Europe

    Ethnic and linguistic minorities constitute an integral part of European diversity. With the rise of radical populist parties on both the political left and political right this diversity is increasingly questioned. How are the minority groups in the Baltic Sea region of Northern Europe tackling the current political climate? What are the chances for minority groups to have a voice in today’s Europe? What kind of minority protection is necessary for a functioning European democracy?
  • 21. May 2018

    Multiple Challenges for Europe

    Czech Republic
    The Europe Liberal Forum with support of the Institute for Politics and Society, Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Republikon Institute are organising the third annual international conference Multiple Challenges for Europe 2018. Since 2009, Europe has been facing multiple crises. There is a crisis involving the Eurozone, there is a sovereign debt crisis in the southern belt and the constant threat of contagion. We have Russian aggression in Ukraine and challenges related to stabilizing Ukraine. In 2016 voters in the UK voted in favour of Brexit and in the same year Donald Trump became the US president, destabilizing the EU-US relations to a large degree. This conference brings experts from across Europe to discuss how Europe should respond to these crises

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  • 23. May 2018

    Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable: Ensuring Poland's position in the EU in the times of the law and justice government

    The support for the Law and Justice (PiS) party is soaring, which is ever more the reason for a sensible and action-oriented discussion on how to put a halt to further negative reinforecements in Poland and instead, to navigate the state back on track of the further EU integration. Including in the debate voices from various perspectives shall therefore result in creating a positive and incusive dialogue that has at its heart the ideas of liberal democracy, rule of law, and an open society.
  • 24. May 2018

    After the high tide? The Political Relevance of the Migration Issue in Europe

    The event will be the launch of the publication “The political relevance of the migration issue at the 2017 Czech, Dutch and German elections”. The volume looks at the German, Dutch and Czech election campaigns of 2017 and examines the relevance of the migration issue in the election campaigns, the stance of respective parties on migration, and the interpretation and framing of the issue in the rhetoric of top candidates two years after the peak of the refugee crisis. Its aim is to examine the extent to which the populist rhetoric on migration worked and the election results it produced in countries where migration was a central issue in the campaign. By comparing the party strategies and election outcomes used in these countries and in the Hungarian election campaign of 2018, we can draw conclusions about the most successful narratives and strategies liberals can employ against populist demagogy. What was the difference between the Czech, German, Dutch election campaign and their Hungarian counterpart? Could the hate campaign against migrants continue to work after April 2018?
  • 25. May – 27. May 2018

    Train the Coalition Managers

    Banja Luka
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    This event consists of six lectures/presentations, with discussions. It should give a quick overview of the most well-known Coalition Concepts, enable the participants from four regional liberal Parties (HNS, HSLS, LDP, Naša Stranka) to analyse the Advantages and Disadvantages of building the Coalitions, taking into consideration the actual context in which the Coalition Building should take place. Also, the Communicating the intention of building an Coalition to the voters and throughout the Party itself is crucial, and should be tackled, as much as how to reach a Compromise in the Party, on the substance of the Coalition Treaty.
  • 01. Jun 2018

    Open and Accessible Public Services- Good practices from European Neighbours

    Digital progress is transforming our societies and economies to the core, challenging the effectiveness of previously developed policies as well as the role and function of public administration. It can increase the transparency, responsiveness, and integrity of public governance and therefore contribute to the development of citizen-oriented politics. The round table aims at discussing European good practices as impulses for the Ukrainian decentralization process.
  • 08. Jun 2018

    European Women’s Academy of Political Leadership and Campaigning in Western Europe

    The European Women’s Academy of Political Leadership and Campaigning (EWA) is a state-of-the-art training programme for liberal female politicians aimed at inspiring and enriching them with the knowledge and tools to win their upcoming elections and to become more influential in politics. The EWA aims to empower rising stars from European liberal political parties and to give them additional skills to pursue and excel in their political goals. After a successful 2 years, the EWA Wast will expand in 2018 meaning that the number of EWA participants will double. And with the European elections around the corner, the 2018 EWA will not only focus on training female politicians for national elections but for the European elections as well.
  • 24. Aug – 25. Aug 2018

    Progressive Liberal Policy Lab

    The Netherlands
    In the run-up to the 2019 EP elections, developing skills and knowledge to strengthen the understanding of the liberal philosophy – and to be able to communicate it effectively to the public - is increasingly important. To further that goal, 15 European Liberals share their insights, facilitated by 3 experts, in a Policy Lab with three interconnected topics: 1) the pillars of progressive liberalism 2) developing policies based on your parties philosophy 3) how to effectively communicate this to the public.

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