14 May, 2024

Advancing a liberal Europe: ALDE Party’s journey 2019-2024

Over the past five years, ALDE Party and our members across Europe marked key milestones and mobilised on the issues that matter most.

Together, liberals promoted democratic values, responded to global crises, championed LGBTQIA+ rights and much more. As we look ahead to the future, we’ll keep fighting for your rights and freedoms!

This article was originally published in ALDE Party's Liberal Bulletin in April 2024. Click here to read the full publication.

2019: New mandate, new group

Following the European elections on 23-26 May 2019, ALDE Party members agreed to form the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament and gathered at the ALDE Party Congress in Athens. In November, our liberal EU Commissioners and Council President Charles Michel took office in key positions of the EU institutions, officially kickstarting a new European mandate.

2020: Liberals steer governments through pandemic

In February 2020, Europe came to a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but liberals showed their worth by spearheading the response to the health emergency both in national governments and in EU institutions.

Fianna Fáil won the most seats in the general election as party leader Micheál Martin was elected Taoiseach. As support surged for democracy in Belarus following the results of the sham elections in August, Open VLD’s Alexander De Croo was also nominated to lead a new government in Belgium.

2021: Hans van Baalen remembered

In March, ALDE Party members VVD and D66 came out as the winners of the Dutch elections, eventually joining forces to create a new liberal government in the Netherlands. However, liberals mourned ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen, who passed away in April after a short illness.

Members convened for the ALDE Party eCongress to coordinate responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We made significant steps forward in diversity and inclusion policies as the European Parliament declared the EU an LGBTQIA+ freedom zone, while the Alliance Of Her relaunched with the goal to empower more women in politics.

2022: War in Ukraine, new leadership

As Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and subsequent war of aggression took centre stage, liberals took decisive action and showed immediate support to Ukrainians with swift visits to the country and resolutions adopted by the ALDE Party Bureau.

At the ALDE Party Congress in Dublin, Timmy Dooley and Ilhan Kyuchyuk were elected ALDE Party Co-Presidents after leading the party on a temporary basis following the passing of late President Hans van Baalen.

With an outlook on the 2024 European elections, we started engaging with citizens on the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE) and founded the ALDE Party Policy Advisory Groups, which will subsequently build the foundation of the Manifesto process for the upcoming elections.

2023: Liberal gains and new additions

Liberals carried on winning in Estonia, where Reformierakond achieved a landslide victory in national elections as Kaja Kallas was re-elected Prime Minister. Democratic forces also gained in Slovakia, where Progresívne Slovensko obtained its best-ever result, and Poland, where Nowoczesna was part of the winning coalition that unseated the hard-right conservative government.

As European liberals launched a transparent and open ALDE Party Manifesto process, we welcomed two new member parties at Congress in Stockholm and two more at Council in Bucharest, where members also elected Didrik de Schaetzen as the new ALDE Party Secretary General.

2024: Renew Europe Now and a new mandate

As we entered the super election year, the Extraordinary Congress in Brussels saw the adoption of the 2024 electoral Manifesto entitled “Your Europe, Your Freedom” as well as the ALDE Party Charter of Values, an updated document outlining our common definition of liberalism.

Contextually, liberals officially joined forces with partners Renaissance and European Democratic Party to launch the Renew Europe Now electoral platform of liberal, centrist and democratic forces for the European elections in June.

Led by Team Europe trio Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (ALDE Party), Sandro Gozi (EDP) and Valérie Hayer (Renaissance), we are ready to make Europe a more sustainable, safe, free, competitive and fair place for all!

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