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Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf and Brussels

6 economy experts from Latin America traveled to Brussels and the Cologne/Bonn region. During their meetings in Brussels with representatives of the EU Commission and liberal European parliament members, they discussed about the European positions concerning the commercial relations with their respective countries, the upcoming negotiations about the free trade treaties between the EU and USA, Mercosur and Brazil, and also about an update for the 2002 free trade agreement with Mexico.

Despite Disillusion and Nationalism, a Strong Conviction for Europe, Particularly among Young People, Prevails

May 1st, 2004 was a great joyful date in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, and the three Baltic countries. The acceptance of the young democracies into the European Union initially evidenced in those eight countries a strong economic growth that had positive repercussions on politics and society. The global crisis and the subsequent Euro crisis were factors that came mostly to ruin it all. 

Bonn, Düsseldorf, Magdeburg and Berlin

Representatives of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, university professors, and representatives of the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party, of the Department of Treasure and of the Hanoi National University in Vietnam were part of the group of visitors accompanying Huy Dong Dang, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment. 

Brussels and Berlin

Algeria, the largest country of the African continent, offers outstanding conditions for renewable energy. Due to its apparently inexhaustible oil and gas fields, and accordingly low energy prices, so far the government showed little interest in the topic. However, it wants to start approaching the subject. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is accompanying this development with a project intended to reduce CO2 emissions and improve energy efficiency.  

by Kareen Oloroso, Philippines

News about typhoons is quite normal in the Philippines where we can almost always use up all the letters in the alphabet naming each one of them. And towards the end of 2013, Yolanda claimed more than 5,000 lives, destroyed houses, affected 13 million people, and changed the landscape of many towns in the Visayas.

And this time, it got personal.

by Zaidi Sattar, Bangladesh

In Berlin you come to realise that walls, no matter how high and impregnable they might be, cannot divide people. It is people who divide people -- if you see what I mean! Unification of Berlin and of Germany is a glaring example of how a people can rise above all forms of repression and achieve their desire for unity which, in the German case, has also meant significantly higher economic prosperity for all Germans, particularly those who lived in the former East Germany.

Strasbourg, France

Nine participants from Pakistan, Egypt, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Central Africa, Russia, and Ukraine –all experts in human rights– had the chance to take part in this year’s summer course of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. During the 3-week course, every year current knowledge and issues concerning international human rights law are conveyed based on international conventions and protection mechanisms. 


In recent months the German public has become more aware of the problems in foreign countries abroad of a widespread and rising religiosity. In particular Arab countries are in the focus of German media attention. It seems that religious entities gain power for a variety of reasons. Especially for these cultures it is very important to find a concept of valuing religions and religious traditions as well as creating a stable independent democracy. 


Which outcomes and changes will emerge from the election in September? It is also with great expectation that many staff members that work at any of the approximately forty FNF project offices abroad are following the developing events in Germany. Now more than ever it is more difficult to forecast the voters’ decision on the election day. It is even more unclear to predict which coalition will be victorious in these elections.

Gummersbach, Hamburg

The public is being alerted by scientists, politicians and mass media, but a harmonized international climate protection is not making any progress. Could it be that –pursuing a deep desire for progress and prosperity – mankind resembles lemmings, which in their headless advancement jump from the cliff?


The eight representatives of Legal and Human Rights Organisations (and SALAN member organizations) from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Tansania travelled to Strasbourg on invitation of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom to gain an understanding of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).


The recently nationwide instituted "German Development Day" was established by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Organizations, entities and associations, all related in very varied forms to the German development work, were present in 16 different locations throughout the federal states. In Halle/Saale, the stand of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom was honored by the visit of international guests.

Berlin, Aachen, Frankfurt/Oder

Israelis and Palestinians hardly ever make a journey together. However, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom managed to have young entrepreneurs from the occupied West Bank territories and from Israel join a study trip related to the subject “Cross-border Economic Cooperation”.

Berlin, Brandenburg and Brussels

A South Asian delegation of five Pakistanis, two Indians, two Sri Lankans and one Bangladeshi on a study trip on Federalism: "It's complicated!" This is the vast experience of a hands-on man. The Mayor of a small town adjacent to Berlin, Dr. Hans Günther Oberlack, summarises the structures of a federal German: "Again it's complicated." 


Participants of the IAF seminar "Strategic Political Communication - Political Party Branding" produced a great video spreading the message of staying open to new ideas and freeing one's mind.


The seminars of the IAF are part of the most popular and successful activities of the international effort realized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Participants who have attended an international seminar in Gummersbach can never forget that experience in the short term, as the alumni state unanimously. In order to keep contacts and promote networks, alumni associations have emerged over the years in many countries. Such an IAF alumni club has been established in Algeria, as well.

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