2017 Liberal Eyes n°01 – 11/01/17

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ALDE Group decision not to accept Movimento 5 Stelle is a wise one ALDE Group decision not to accept Movimento 5 Stelle is a wise one09/01/2017
Following the decision by the ALDE Group Bureau not to accept the request by the Five Star Movement to join the ALDE Group in the European Parliament, ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP said: ‘M5S should move in a much more liberal direction before any membership of ALDE Group could be considered.’
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Interview with: new leader of Estonian Reform Party Hanno Pevkur Interview with: new leader of Estonian Reform Party Hanno Pevkur 11/01/2017
On 7 January Estonian ALDE Party member Reformierakond elected Hanno Pevkur, former Minister of Interior Affairs, as their new chairman, succeeding former Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas. Read our exclusive interview with Pevkur a day after his election at the party’s Congress in Tallinn.
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Guy Verhofstadt runs for European Parliament President Guy Verhofstadt runs for European Parliament President 06/01/2017
Guy Verhofstadt, who is currently the leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament and the EP’s lead Brexit negotiator, has made official his candidacy to run for President of the European Parliament. MEPs will elect on 17 January their new President, who will serve until European elections in 2019.
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Liberals form government in Iceland Liberals form government in Iceland 11/01/2017
ALDE Party member Björt framtíð (Bright Future) has agreed to form a coalition government in Iceland with centre-right Independence and Reform parties. The key highlight of the new formation is that Bright Future secured EU accession talks back on the table as part of coalition demands.
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FDP hosts annual Three Kings meeting ahead of crucial election year FDP hosts annual Three Kings meeting ahead of crucial election year 10/01/2017
Annually on 6 January German FDP hosts its annual Three Kings meeting in Stuttgart. In this year’s gathering, FDP leader Christian Lindner was clear: ‘2017 will be the most important year in FDP’s history. We will tell to the people in the centre of the society: now it’s time for you and for your rights.’
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Passing of former Venstre Chairman Henning Christophersen Passing of former Venstre Chairman Henning Christophersen03/01/2017
On New Year’s Eve, former European Commission Vice President and former Danish Venstre’s Chairman Henning Christophersen passed away. ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP said: ‘With the passing of Christophersen, the ALDE family has lost a committed European who always stood up for freedom.”
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Individual members to elect country coordinators in Italy and Netherlands Individual members to elect country coordinators in Italy and Netherlands 06/01/2017
Individual members of the ALDE Party are developing their activities throughout Europe. In Italy and the Netherlands, two countries with a large membership, members will be able to vote to elect new country coordinators.
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Liberal leaders wish you a happy 2017 Liberal leaders wish you a happy 2017 03/01/2017
In order to welcome 2017, Liberal leaders shared their best wishes and ambitions for the upcoming year via social media messages. See here the messages from ALDE Party Hans van Baalen MEP and the 7 Liberal Prime Ministers.
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Fianna Fail leader: Fianna Fail leader: “We must play a part in reforming the EU”05/01/2017
Before the change of year, the leader of Irish ALDE member party Fianna Fail, Micheal Martin TD, offered a speech at the Institute of International and European Affairs on 7th December 2016. In his inspirational speech, he adressed three key topics: Ireland, Brexit and the future of the European Union.
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D66 celebrate its 50th anniversary D66 celebrate its 50th anniversary04/11/2016
In 2016, D66 celebrated its 50th anniversary. Many activities took place across The Netherlands to pay homage to this milestone in the party history. The highlight was the Anniversary Convention at the end of October, which took place in exactly the same place where the very first D66 Congress was held.
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