11/12 parliamentary elections in the coming EU-member
(1. July 2013) became a veritable success for the
ELDR member parties HNS (Hrvatska Narodna Stranka, Croatian
People's Party) and IDS (Istarski Demokratski Sabor, Istrian
Democratic Assembly) were both part of the winning four-party coalition
Kukuriku Koalicija, and will be leading the negotiations for Croatian
Watson, Liberal Democrat MEP and former leader of the Liberal
ALDE group in the European Parliament has been elected President of the
European Liberal Democrat and Reform party during their Congress 18/11-11
in Palermo, Italy.
At the Russian
election primo December 11 ELDR member Yabloko collected more than
15% of the votes for the elections to the State Duma of Saint
Petersburg, ensuring Liberal representatives in the city’s parliament
The outcome of
Poland's parliamentary election 9/10-11
underlines its political stability and reinforces its drive for closer
integration with the European Union, President Bronislaw Komorowski
said. The Liberal Palikot party that surged from nowhere to third
place in Poland's election (10%), plans to shake up the political system
with demands for the repeal of restrictions on individual freedoms and
an end to the Catholic Church's privileges.
In the latest polls the former Government party of
Denmark, the Liberals, has improved
from the elections (15/9) 24% to 35%. The new Government party, Labour,
has fallen from 26% to 18%. (Primo November 2012)
The Irish government
has announced the intention to draft a law which would allow
abortion in specific cases, where
the life of the woman is endangered.
LYMEC recognises it
as a one step towards the full legalisation of
abortion, and redefinition of the conservative interpretation of theconception of life and the imposed limitations of individual
freedoms, primarily the freedom of choice.
LYMEC expresses sorrow that a life had to be lost, not
only of Savita Halappanavar, the one that provoked the current move, but
of many that have been hidden behind the preaching of pro-life agenda.
Ireland, unlike the rest of Europe, despite of being a
signature state of Charter of Fundamental Rights, still treats abortion
as a criminal act. Despite the fact that already in 1992, the Supreme
Court ruled that abortion is not illegal in the cases of a real and
substantial risk to a mother's life, as distinct from her health; the
government has not enacted legislation to give certainty to doctors as
to when terminations can be carried out and under what circumstances.
"State as an owner of individual body or free will is by
no means acceptable in 21st century Europe, with the majority of states
progressing far ahead in the areas of individual and citizens rights."
LYMEC therefore strongly advocates for a free and liberal
Ireland and welcomes the small steps made in that direction" said
Vedrana Gujic, LYMEC's Vice President.
23rd of November the US Embassy in Ta' Qali kindly open its
doors for a debate over LGBT and the
media in Malta. As the only party present Alleanza Liberali felt very
embarrassed over the absence of both other parties and the gay and
lesbian communities in Malta except Gabi Calleja.
But the Ambassador, Ms.
Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, honoured us by her presence
during the whole meeting, and media-expert Mr. Charles Taylor
managed to keep the interest alive in a very charming way with his
Very few quotes from the
C.T.: "It gets
better . . ." - how do the media response to gay rights?
G.C.: Quite OK, but
in Maltese soaps there are very stereotypic gay characters. Rather
chocking private comments in the newspapers on the net.
C.T.: It is not a
big deal anymore for celebrities to come out.
H.J.: The entrance
to the media is through the two dominating parties - and they are not
really interested in LGBT rights.
(Photo shows Ambassador
Abercrombie and Gabi Calleja at a former event - as we were not allowed
to "shoot" inside the Embassy)
Latest liberal news from Yulia Tymoshenko behind bars in Ukraine :
Pat Cox, Ireland and Alexander Kwasniewski, Poland
both attended Yulia Tymoshenko's court case in
Kharkiv after visiting her in hospital. German Chancellor Angela Merkel denied
to attend the EURO 2012 in Ukraine before Y.T. was
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