Interview with: new leader of Estonian Reform Party Hanno Pevkur
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.
Liberals form government in Iceland
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.
FDP hosts annual Three Kings meeting ahead of crucial election year
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."
ALDE Group decision not to accept Movimento 5 Stelle is a wise one
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."