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Europe Day in Oslo

Norway is not a member of the European Union, though as a member of the EEA, they have to obey European single market laws without having any imput into their formulation. 240 more words

A day in the life of an MEP: Philippe de Backer

Philippe de Backer is a Member of the European Parliament for Open VLD, and is part of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). 675 more words


Candidates to the Commission's Presidency.

by Yana Prokofyeva. Originally published on 2014/04/16

Contrary to most countries of the world which were quite successful in tackling the global economic crisis of 2008, the challenge proved to be more tougher for the European Union. 1,166 more words

Articles And Blogs

FLI Research Project: Middle East Research

Author Koert Debeuf lives in Cairo, Egypt, where he represented the EU parliament’s Alde group for many years. Currently he is Project Coordinator “World Leaders on Transitions towards Democracy” at International IDEA. 61 more words

Koert Debeuf

Huggable & Compounding Musings

It sends adrenaline pumping through your veins. The heart beats faster as the flush colors, bright lights, and spinning of the wheels sends a rush to the brain each time you finish pulling the lever. 354 more words


By Alex Calvo

Faced with growing support for independence, some Loyalist voices have tried to embarrass the Catalan Government and parties by leaking information about the setting up of some of the institutions traditionally associated with a sovereign state. 546 more words


ALDE Congress Lisbon

The congress of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) this week brought 600 delegates to Lisbon to discuss Reclaiming Liberalism. Though it was the first such gathering since May’s European elections, not too much time was spent looking backwards but rather forwards, as to how we can hone our message on the basis of our liberal principles in a context of growing illiberalism and nationalism. 211 more words