With Dutch journalist Ebru Umar, who was released from arrest by the Turkish authorities yesterday, still being denied her right to leave the country, we decided to subtitle this video by Alvise Pérez. Alvise was attending IFLRY’s General Assembly Istanbul, Turkey, the weekend before last, and decided to make this video then. Sadly, the video…

Liberal Germany is mourning. On the 18th March 2016, it lost not only a former vice-chancellor, but also a remarkable person and politician: Guido Westerwelle. Especially for members of the Junge Liberale (Young Liberals) – the youth organization of the liberal German party FDP – Westerwelle, one of its cofounders, will always remain a role model. …

Before reading this blog post, I recommend spending two minutes at this link from the New York Times. It is a brief description of the corruption scandals in which all the Brazilian presidential line of succession is involved. A list of the richest businessmen in the country would look pretty much alike. Hereafter I don’t…

All too often I see Northern European liberals and conservatives blaming the people of Southern European states such as Greece for their current economic misery, and suggesting that if Greece lowered wages enough and deregulated enough, economic recovery would be swift. Although this attitude is in part correct, the reasoning behind it amongst sways of…

This article is written as a diary piece, giving a personal view on the busy schedule of an IFLRY President. This article follows IFLRY President Christian Scharling on his trip to New York for the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum.  Part one of this series, in which Christian travels to Strasbourg for the induction course…

Why the EU needs to step up its 2030 game: In December, world leaders gathered at Le Bourget, Paris, for the UN climate negotiations, COP21. After both tense and intense negotiations, the international community managed to put together – for the first time in history – a binding and global treaty on climate change. The…

The United States and The European Union are currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, commonly referred to as TTIP, that aims to create the world’s largest free-trade zone. The ideas behind TTIP are straight forward, to simplify trade and investment, integrate countries and to strengthen economies. It aims to do so by reducing…

The European Union and its member states have made huge strides in the past few decades with regards to the development and implementation of human rights. Its adherence to fundamental human rights is most clearly reflected in its active attempts to encourage countries not only in its immediate neighbourhood but across the world to adopt…

In the past decade, Europe has seen it’s citizens become more vocal about the institutional nature of the EU. Next April a consultative referendum will be held in the Netherlands about the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. Ruling political parties and mainstream media in both The Hague and Brussels have been quick to label the initiative as…

In her introductory speech for the Women’s Rights Award 2016, Anne Brasseur, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, underlined how important fighting for Human Rights is. “Betraying and losing our values is betraying and losing ourselves”, she said during her speech. As Human Rights know no borders and no gender,…