On 25 June, the ALDE Party hosted a Liberal Breakfast with a focus on last month’s European elections and liberal success.
The guest speaker, ALDE Party Vice-President Fredrick Federley MEP spoke to a full room of interested participants of what the election results mean for Europe’s liberals, the new parliamentary group Renew Europe as well as the distribution of EU top jobs.
Highlighting the competence Margrethe Vestager would bring to the role of the President of the European Commission, Federley said: “She has taken up many fights during the last five years against probably some of the biggest and strongest forces that we have operating in Europe today, that is some of the multinational companies, where she has been standing on the consumers’ side.”
“Taking those fights shows that you have the courage to stand on the citizens’ side, which has been praised by several different political parties.”
He also spoke of the changes that have taken place in the new parliamentary group, including its new name:
“Renew Europe is a very good name; it says what we want to do. We want to reform Europe, not to destroy. We want to reform the way we are working; we want to make it more transparent, even more democratic.”
He also emphasized the importance of staying united facing other international actors, such as Russia.
“The weaker we get and the more into internal debates and affairs we are, the stronger Russia gets.”