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Political Communication: The First Steps into Politics for Active Romanian Youth

“Liberalism in Romania cannot survive without the priceless contribution of youth. Therefore, I am struggling to build a new political class out of motivated, enthusiastic, and hardworking young professionals like you,” shared Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, President of the Senate of Romania and Co-President of the ALDE Party of Romania, in front of the 80 participants in the annual winter school for members of the Youth Organisation of the ALDE party (TLDE).

LIBSEEN leaders call for EU enlargement headway

  Bulgaria`s capital Sofia yet again became the centre of liberal thought on 18th and 19th September 2015. Liberal dignitaries from entire Southeast Europe came together for the annual leaders` meeting of the Liberal South East European Network (LIBSEEN) “Liberalism – a new qualitative factor for the European integration.” The event was hosted by the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, with the support of the Project Office for Southeast Europe

25 Years Promoting Freedom in Bulgaria For 25 years now, FNF has been supporting the establishment of liberal democracy in Bulgaria in a close collaboration with a large number of partner institutions and liberal friends. A lot has been achieved for country`s good governance and market economy, but there is still a lot way to go further! The liberal-minded and active civil society will  play now a decisive role. s The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for

Boosting the Romanian Economy by Fostering SME’s – How to Build and Sustain the Road of Entrepreneurship in Romania

How to boost the Romanian economy by fostering SME`s was the topic of the event held on 22th of September at Athenee Palace Hilton in Bucharest. It was a difficult debate because on the one hand the representatives of the entrepreneurs demanded a solution for “easy credits” offered by banks for start-ups and small firms, while on the other hand the Vice Governor of the Romanian National Bank, said that

Publication “25 Years Promoting Freedom in Bulgaria”

  In celebration of its 25 years anniversary, Friedrich Nauman Foundation for Freedom organizes an international conference “25 Years Promoting Freedom in Bulgaria” together with a special photo exhibition and publication. The publication presents in retrospect the 25-year long history of the Foundation and its contribution to freedom in Bulgaria. Daniel Kaddik, Project Director of FNF Southeast Europe, addresses the readers as follows: “Since the very moment Bulgaria rejected the

Europe`s Energy Security and the Challenges for Bulgaria

  The challenges for Europe`s energy could be overcome only by a well-coordinated European energy policy and innovations-based energy sector . This is the general conclusion from the ELF-FNF-Fores workshop “Europe`s Energy Security and the Challenges for Bulgaria” held on 9 September in the conference hall of the Representation of the European Commission in Sofia, Bulgaria. During her introductory presentation on the topic of energy security, Elena Paltseva, assistant professor

Liberal meeting in Skopje: Some light at the tunnel of the Macedonian crisis

In May 2015, protests occurred in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, against the incumbent Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and the government led by him. The massive protests began following charges brought up against Zoran Zaev, the opposition leader, who responded by alleging that Gruevski had wiretapped 20,000 Macedonian officials including journalists, judges, prosecutors, mayors and even government ministers and other figures. In the light of this political crisis in Macedonia, the EU

The importance of free media and innovative journalism

How journalists from different parts of Europe and the world can connect online, and work together on large-scale investigations whose impact goes far beyond the national borders? These are part of the issues discussed by international and Bulgarian journalists, and experts at the conference Innovative journalism: Working with data, implementing innovative instruments and verification of user-generated content. More than 70 Bulgarian journalists, activists, students as well 150 people online, attended the event

The Conflict in Ukraine: Russian Gas as a Foreign Policy Instrument

In the context of the Ukraine conflicts, the Russian gas is getting increasingly a foreign policy instrument. How can you increase the energy security for the EU? How do you deal with a difficult energy partner such as Russia? These issues were discussed at the conference in Berlin of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP) on “The European Dance on the Russian Gas Flame”.

Liberalism is not an ideology, it is a way of living!

  ,,Liberalism is not an ideology, it is a way of living’’ – these inspiring words were shared by our close friend and training expert Stefan Melnik at the beginning of the Train of the Trainers (ToT) event from 30th June to 5th July in Bucharest. Organized by the FNF and the Romanian Institute for Liberal Studies (ISL), the workshop was attended by 20 representatives of our political partners from