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,…

On the third of September, 16 million Germans watched a TV debate between incumbent German chancellor Angela Merkel from the Christian Democrats (CDU) and her contestant Martin Schulz from the Social Democrats (SPD). The debate took place three weeks before the federal election on September 24. Much has been said about the debate. Most viewers…

Dorien Lugt (Netherlands) and Jonas Hall-Andersen (Denmark) were on IFLRY’s delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech this year. Besides this article on Germany’s climate roadmap, they wrote about their general impressions, the impact of the US presidential elections, and on the topics of negotiations during the conference. Two weeks ago, on…

Much has been thought, said and written recently about Germany’s asylum practice. Weekly or even daily, it seems, there are new facts and figures, proposals and demonstrations on whether to open or close borders, on humanitarian commitment and welcoming culture. When speaking with Germans or international observers, one is quite likely to hear their position…

On the 12th of December, 196 Parties adopted the Paris Agreement: the first major international agreement on the issue of climate change since the 1992 Kyoto Protocol. On Earth Day, the 22nd of April, over 170 Parties signed the agreement. But this is only the beginning of the process. As with any big agreement, the…