The ALDE Party successfully hosted its first ever Pre-Council meetings ahead of the Council of the European Union's TTE (Transport and Telecoms) Councils paving the way for future liberal coordination in the Council.
The ALDE Party regrets to learn that for the second time in a matter of weeks, Sergei Mitrokhin the leader of YABLOKO, ALDE Party Member in Russia, has been arrested by authorities while participating in peaceful public events.
On Friday 11 December the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris came to an end achieving a universal agreement on climate. This news item highlights some of the reactions of Liberals across Europe to the Paris Agreement.
Last week Azerbaijani human rights activist and director of the Institute of Peace and Democracy Leyla Yunus was released conditionally, after being sentenced to 8.5 years in jail by Azerbaijani authorities in August 2015
The individual members in Italy had the chance to elect two country coordinators. The turnout in the online elections was over 80%. Marco Marazzi and Francesca Mercanti received most votes and are the two new coordinators.
On Sunday 20 December Slovenia will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage. Liberals across Europe have also supported the yes campaign, such as the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc or the ALDE MEP Sophie in 't Veld.
On Saturday 12 December ALDE Party member party Open Vld hosted its annual Congress in Mechelen, Belgium. Under the theme "Empowering people in changing times", high-level speakers, such as Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, took part in the debates and workshops organised throughout the day.