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Challenger School of Policy

  “Challenger” is a youth Programme, initiated by the National Democratic Institute (“NDI”), which main goals are to foster the critical thinking and research skills of young people, thus enabling them to draft policy proposals for parties in the Republic of Moldova.   The 12-month pro­gramme has the following three stages: practical exercise, debate school, policy school. First, the practical exercise module included a hundred par­ticipants who, in teams, identified

A lesson on morality in politics is still to be learned

  “We need more moral in politics,” proclaimed the Bulgarian politician, writer and public figure Todor Vlaykov nearly a century ago. Today, the echo of his words still vibrates on the streets of Sofia, as recently demonstrated by crowds of protestors demanding more justice, transparency and accountability in politics. In this regard, the Project Office for Southeast Europe of FNF, decided to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of

Macedonian Liberals elected new President

Against the backdrop of tough times for the opposition in Macedonia, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held a regular congress to elect a new party President on 1st February 2015. This event brought together party members and guests who anticipated to be the first to hear the programme of the new party leadership. Regardful of the LDP’s new course, representatives of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Southeast Europe visited

Against all odds – Liberals are on the rise in Europe

The first coordinated meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party Individual Members and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom drew the attention in the challenges liberals face today.  The event was honoured by the presence of Sir Graham Watson, President of the ALDE Party, who met with Bulgaria’s most distinguished liberals. Introducing the topic for discussion, Daniel Kaddik, FNF Project Director for Southeast Europe, argued against