Alexander Count Lambsdorff, MEP, on the strategic relationship with Russia
During the most recent meeting in the context of the Transatlantic Dialogue of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Washington DC, Alexander Count Lambsdorff, MEP, who also sits on the foreign policy committee of the European Parliament (EP) provided the guests of the Foundation with a European perspective regarding the ”strategic relationship” of the West and Russia.
Government Crisis in Belgium
Thought bites from Brussels
Ms. Isabelle Weykmans, the minister for culture and media, preservation of monuments, youth and sports of the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Professor Dr. Christian Behrendt, a professor of constitutional law at Liège university had accepted an invitation extended by the Brussels Dialogue Programme to speak about latest developments and scenarios, referring to the future of the governmental crisis in Belgium.
IAF Seminar on “Human and Civil Rights”
It was a beautiful day, the 3rd of August when 23 participants from all around the world gathered together for the annual two weeks Human and Civil Rights Seminar of the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) in Gummersbach.
Tangible Liberal Municipal Policy
Mayors and Councilmen from Latin America visit German Cities and Mayors
The information journey took the municipal politicians in the first place to Saxony. They were presented with German approaches to solutions regarding administration, waste disposal, water, municipal political system and the development of tourism.
International Human Rights Academy 2008
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation invited a dozen human rights experts to attend the International Academy in The Netherlands. The participants came from Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand, Poland, Bulgaria, Argentina, Honduras and Mexico.
“Europe’s Irish Earthquake – Will the EU break apart? Implications for the US”
The question regarding the outcome of the Irish referendum and how it will affect the EU’s political capabilities does not only occupy the Germans, the French and the British at present. The Irish No also aroused great interest in Washington, America’s capital. Alexander Count Lambsdorff MEP faced questions raised by more than 130 guests at Washington D.C.’s Willard Hotel, focusing on the matter of possible consequences of this No by the Irish for the European Union as well as for the future of transatlantic relations.
Heightened danger of war in the southern Caucasus
Top-ranking leaders of the political opposition from the southern Caucasus in Brussels
Unless solutions based on international law are found soon, the smouldering conflicts in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and southern Ossetia are threatening the entire southern Caucasus region with destabilisation. This was stressed unanimously by participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, attending a three-day seminar held in Brussels by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty.
"Strenghtening the Rule of Law in Afghanistan - Efforts of the EU and the US"
The second Transatlantic Dialogue Luncheon Debate in 2008 organised by the Transatlantic Institute and the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit focussed on the establishment and strengthening of the rule of law in Afghanistan. Two experts had been invited to speak about their experience and convey their opinions on the current situation.
The Importance of Human Security in a Globalised World - How does the EU Implement this Concept?
Thought bites in Brussels
Richard Kühnel, Advisor on Human Security to Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy talked about Human Security within the regular event series Though bites at lunchtime of the Dialogue Programme Brussels. The second speaker on the topic was Wolf Poulet, Chief Executive Officer, International Governance Consulting (IGC), Berlin.
The U.S. Presidential Election: The German Media's Perspectives on the Candidates
The discussion was jointly organised by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, D.C. and concentrated on the US pre-election campaign and in particular on an analysis of the German media and how they see the three remaining candidates. The invited speakers are journalists and correspondents reporting from Washington, D.C.: Mr. Rüdiger Lentz, Deutsche Welle, Mr. Christoph von Marschall, Der Tagesspiegel, and Mr. Gabor Steingart, Der Spiegel.
The Internal Market for Energy: What Progress Comes with the Third Liberalisation Package?
Within the Liberal Breakfast Series of the Dialogue Programme Brussels, Alexander Count Lambsdorff MEP spoke on the subject “The Internal Market for Energy: What Progress comes with the Third Liberalisation Package”? The “European Liberal Democrats and Reform” Party (ELDR) and the FDP's foreign branch for Europe (AGE) are co-operative partners in this event series.
Venezuela in Crisis
Mr. Gustavo Coronel, a founder member of PDVSA, the Venezuelan oil company, addressed over 90 guests when he spoke about the latest political and economic developments in his country. Mr. Coronel had accepted an invitation of the Transatlantic Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty.
“Liberalism Today: Freedom First“
Course orientation for participants and for an international dialogue, benefiting from blended learning
How far does freedom of opinion extend for Liberals? Is it permissible to speak about other religions “without respect“, and what about “blasphemy”? If in conflict about an objective, how will Liberals balance tolerance, freedom of religion and freedom of opinion? These and other subjects formed the subject of a seminar under the heading “Liberalism Today: Freedom First“ of the International Academy for Leadership (IAF).
Challenges for Democracy Building in Asia: The Reform of Political Parties
Brussels, Liberal Visions Series
The Dialogue Programme Brussels of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNF) in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) organised a luncheon debate titled “Challenges for Democracy Building in Asia: The Reform of Political Parties”. FNF Regional Director of Southeast and East Asia, Mr. Hubertus von Welck, and Dr. Peter M. Manikas, NDI Regional Director for Asia, presented their views regarding political party reform on the Asian continent to a large and varied Brussels-based audience consisting of Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission, leading Think Tanks and consultancies as well as of political foundations, foreign embassies and non-governmental organisations.
“Global threats for our infrastructure – opportunities and challenges for transatlantic partners“ – a discussion with Patrick Doering, MP
Patrick Doering, a member of the German Bundestag spoke on global threats facing our infrastructure in the context of transatlantic relations. Mr Doering, who also is a member of the Bundestag’s Transport Committee, had been invited by the Transatlantic Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Washington, D. C.
The International Property Rights Index 2008: New Achievements in Central and Eastern Europe? – Recommendations for further Development
Brussels, Liberal Visions Series
The Dialogue Programme Brussels of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit organised a luncheon debate on the 2008 International Property Rights Index (IPRI), which was recently published by the Property Rights Alliance (PRA) in Washington D.C. Ms Kelsey Zahourek, Executive Director of PRA, presented the objectives and outcomes of the 2008 IPRI and – in a second step – focused on the developments of property rights in Central and Eastern Europe
„Kenya at the crossroads“
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, MEP, in Washington D.C.
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, member of the European Parliament, who headed the team of EU observers to Kenya accepted an invitation extended by the Transatlantic Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty to address 130 attendees in Washington, D.C. He spoke about his experience as an observer to the elections in Kenya in late December last year. He frankly admitted in his opening words that he had not expected such exciting experience. After a few words regarding the structural background to this mission he came right to the point and spoke about what he saw in the country.
Serbia and the EU: A Challenge for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty
Dialogue Programme Brussels
In the context of the Libernet cooperation the Brussels Dialogue Programme hosted a meeting of six Liberal Democrat city and community councillors and of a mayor from different parts of Serbia between 25 and 28 February 2008.
e-Learning Award granted to the International e-Academy
The concept launched by the International e-Academy for Leadership was recognized at the Hannover CeBIT Information Technology Trade Show with the European award for e-Learning “eureleA 2008”.
Right Path, Wrong Direction for the German Financial Policy
In a discussion on the situation of public finances in Germany, Mr Otto Fricke, member of the German Bundestag, provided proof that numbers and public budget matters need not be subjects dry as dust when he was speaking at an invitation of the Transatlantic Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Washington D. C.
"Elections in Russia: A final farewell to democracy?"
The Dialogue Programme Brussels resumed its Thought bites at Lunchtime series in 2008 by holding an event on “Elections in Russia: A final farewell to democracy?” Dr. Francois-Xavier de Donnea, Member of the Belgian Parliament and Member of the OSCE observation mission to Russia on the occasion of the parliamentary elections 2007 and Dr. Falk Bomsdorf, Head, Subregion East of Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Moscow, shared their impressions of the legislative elections in the Russian Federation on 2 December 2007.
Members from Pyongyang’s City Council visit Munich and Berlin
A delegation comprised of municipal experts from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was invited by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation to visit various city halls in the Federal Republic of Germany. The executive members of Pyongyang’s city council were particularly interested in how supplies are organized, issues regarding waste disposal in the municipality, as well as environmental solutions.
Assessing the development of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Western Balkans
The Dialogue Programme Brussels of Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit hosted on 5 December 2007 a roundtable entitled „How stable is democracy in the new Central and Eastern European member states and in the Western Balkans – The example of political parties” within its Liberal Visions 2020 event series.
“The Perspective of Politics in Germany After the Regional Parliamentary Elections in the Federated States of Lower Saxony and Hesse” with Mr. Robert von Rimscha as Guest
Having the regional parliamentary elections held in the federal states of Lower Saxony and Hesse as background, Robert von Rimscha, speaker of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), put forward the changes occurred within the political sphere in Germany.
“How Should Liberal Democracies Address the Islamic Radicalism?“ with Mr. Alexander Ritzmann as Guest
The former Berliner Parliament member, Alexander Ritzmann, was invited by the Transatlantic Dialogue Program of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom to discuss around this topic on January 18 in Washington.
"Cooperation among Countries from Central Asia and the European Union"
Brussels Dialogue Program
During the period when Germany held the chairmanship of the European Council, the European Union endorsed the strategy for Central Asia. In the face of this backdrop and within the framework of this joint event, a discussion was held.