Even though political parties are seen as central to the modern democratic system, there has been a downward trend of political party membership globally – particularly in Europe, as “Parties are struggling to hold on to their membership organisations as they are failing to recruit significant numbers of new members”. As party membership declines globally,…

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead This quote is the motto of the License to Heal working group. A group of young political youth party members fighting for the right for access to essential drugs: a…

IFLRY Online is IFLRY’s new initiative to allow liberals from all over the world to interact with each other more online.  In that spirit, IFLRY organises regular online seminars, in which different people in the IFLRY network explain more about the political situation in their country. In this fifth seminar Jules Maaten, IFLRY president during…

Catalan democratic institutions – both its parliament and its government – have called for a popular vote on whether Catalonia should declare itself independent from Spain. This has caused a reheated constitutional crisis, as the Spanish constitution effectively prohibits any kind of popular vote on secession issues in Spain as a whole and in particular…

From the 9th to 11th October, 120 young leaders from across Europe, Africa and the African Diaspora came together in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire for the 4th African Union (AU) – European Union Youth Summit. Representing a diverse range of political parties, civil society organisations and charities, they set about debating the common challenges facing a…

2017 marks 70 years since the founding of the World Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth. As the ideological descendant of that organisation, IFLRY can look back on 70 years of work in fighting for liberal causes. Fighting for peace. Fighting for human rights. Many of the issues that concerned us then continue to plague…

GUMMERSBACH, GERMANY — From 15 to 21 September 2017, liberal youth leaders from across the globe gathered at the Theodor Heuss Academy of the Friedrich NaumannFoundation for the International Federation of Liberal Youth or IFLRY’s second series of the Training of Trainers (TOT). Participants came from a wide range of countries. They were from Armenia,…

Breaking party lines is a great way to step across the aisle and declare that your personal values matter more than what your party tells you to do. But, that sort of altruistic voting can cost you your job and weaken the party’s base. A novel approach to letting politicians vote in line with their…

The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Bonn from November 6th to 17th, 2017 under the presidency of Fiji. The goal is the advance of the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is held annually. The overall…