LYMEC: Time for the governments to grow up!

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council was set to adopt conclusions on Gender Equality, Youth and Digitalisation yesterday, but due to objection by Hungary and Poland to the inclusion of LGBTIQ in a list of vulnerable situations for young people the Council was unable to reach consensus on the matter. The text was however supported by…

What are Conservative Values?

Image: Jair Bolsonaro is called Brazil’s trump but in many ways he takes extremism to a new level. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) The recent election of Jair Bolsonaro from the Social-Liberal Party of Brazil illustrates well how some people in Portugal and Brazil identify themselves as Liberals or, in a more specific way, Classical Liberals, when…

IMS by-elections 2018

As one of the IMS delegates unfortunately resigned from their position, and the resignation happened within the first two-thirds of the mandate, the LYMEC statutes call for by-elections to be held. Since the Autumn Congress is quickly approaching, we hereby announce by-elections to be held on 14-17 September to fill the vacant position as IMS delegate. We…

Pride is not enough

49 years, almost half a century since Stonewall disturbs, we may conclude that the LGBT+ struggle has definitely succeeded. This summer, one of the most colourful remembered, everyone has celebrated Pride: governments, political parties and most importantly, civil society. But do we really think that the glass is full? Despite positive changes we still hear…

ALDE Summer Academy joint statement

By educating and engaging young Europeans of today we ensure and strengthen our Europe of tomorrow The future of Europe depends on the youth: by fielding young candidates and educating future generations we can ensure it not only survives but thrives. For the upcoming European Parliament elections, we want to see creative, citizen-centred campaigns that…

Are you our new assistant?

Job Offer: Administrative Assistant To work in LYMEC’s Office for four months from September 2018 The European Liberal Youth is looking for an administrative assistant for four months under the Bruxelles Formation “convention immersion professionnelle” internship scheme. The successful candidate will be working in LYMEC’s office in Brussels together with the Secretary General from September…

Fear the Kessler syndrome

Imagine a world without GPS or Galileo. One where weather balloons are our best bet for weather forecasting. One in which long-range communications are severely disrupted and technology dependent on extremely accurate timekeeping breaks down. This is what a world without satellites would look like —and, if we do not take action, it could be…

We must protect journalists worldwide!

It’s not ok that journalists are killed in their line of work in 2018. Still this happens, even in Europe. We must protect the safety and defend the freedom of journalists everywhere, and we need to make sure that the legal frameworks securing the freedom of press and freedom of speech are not taken for…

ALDE Council discusses roadmap to 2019 EP elections and LYMEC is right in the heart of the debate

Last weekend the biannually ALDE Party Council meeting took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. LYMEC President Svenja Hahn, Vice President Edgaras Mascinskas and Bureau Member Anotaneta Asenova represented LYMEC in the ALDE bureau meeting, the plenary debate and fringe meetings. The ALDE Council is basically the smaller version of congress. The Member Organisations have a smaller…

Commentary on the Hungarian elections

On the 8th of April the awaited and highly observed Hungarian legislative elections took place. Indeed, the nearly 8 million voters were asked to express their free opinion on the political future of the country. The elections took place in a context of heavy campaign against migration, the UN, “Brussels” and George Soros from the…

New leadership for LYMEC

Last weekend over 130 young liberals from all over Europe gathered in Berlin, Germany for the electoral congress of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC). The congress handled statutory matters, debated policy and elected a new leadership for the upcoming two years. Svenja Hahn, 28, was elected LYMEC president for 2018-2020. Svenja, who was Vice President…

Artificial Intelligence for Europe

Artificial Intelligence for Europe Imagine governments using artificial intelligence to help officials draft responses to queries submitted to the parliament. It’s not just a scene from Blade Runner or Iron Man anymore; it’s already a reality in Japan. The question is: whether we choose to seize the opportunity and take the lead or not?  …

Life in the LYMEC Bureau?

In the beginning of April young liberals from across Europe will meet in Berlin for the LYMEC Spring Congress. The congress is not just any congress, as it will also elect the new Bureau who will take care of the day to day business of our organisation in the coming two years. But what does…