Sir Graham Watson commented: "Liberals join the many members of the Muslim community and others who have condemned this latest fatal attack ... The best way to defeat the terrorists is through a combination of vigilance and a vigorous reassertion of our freedoms."
With 7,4% of the votes, German Liberals re-entered the regional Parliament of the city state of Hamburg, last Sunday. These election gains have ended a difficult period for the Free Democrats following the exit from the German Bundestag in 2013.
Ahead of last week's European Council, ALDE Party President Sir Graham Watson said: "The only way forward is a commitment to more Europe, to a more united Europe and particularly to a competitive and outward looking Europe."
At the February plenary session of the Committee of the Regions, the ALDE Group obtained a commission presidency. They also elected a new presidency team with Delft mayor Bas Verkerk as President and Luxembourg politician Agnes Durdu as first Vice-President.
Ahead of the UK General Election on 7 May 2015, the Liberal Democrats have this week unveiled their key priorities. Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Today we are setting out five priorities, five steps on the path to a stronger economy and a fairer society.”
ALDE Party member Radicali Italiani works to establish a codification of a universal human “Right to Know” on how and why governments make decisions at different levels. They are to host a conference on this topic in Brussels for which they have launched a crowdfunding campaign.
On 11 February, a broad majority in the European Parliament voted in favour of finalising the EU PNR directive by the end of 2015 and urged the European Commission to ensure that legal safeguards to protect the privacy of EU citizens are better integrated into the directive.
Individual members of the ALDE Party in Barcelona met to discuss the recent approval in the Spanish Parliament of the new Citizens’ Security Law. They believe the law risks undermining important civil liberties.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom offers an opportunity to participate in its new and exciting online course 'ways to win: strategic political communication' which is starting in April 2015. Registration closes on 11 March 2015.