A workshop titled The Role of the Youth in Arab Liberal Parties and organized by the Network of Arab Liberals (NAL) in cooperation with the National Liberal Party (NLP) of Lebanon and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) is underway in Beirut. Delegates from NAL member parties discussed the challenges and strategies of enhancing the role of liberal youth organizations in their parties. Presenting best practices from Germany were Armin Reinartz, leading member of Junge Liberale (Julis) and Helmut Metzner. The Beirut meeting will wrap up on Tuesday with the NAL General Assembly which is also tasked to elect a new leadership for the regional liberal network.
*The guests from Northern Africa called me Mr. Helmut. Of course I do know what my name is: Helmut Metzner.
42 liberals from 13 European countries met in Berlin on October 29th and 30th to discuss “New ways in European dialogue“. Hans Jürgen Beerfeltz, former federeal director of the German FDP – today State Secretary in the German Ministry for economic cooperation and development – gave a clos insight of the German last electional campaign. To him gras roots campaigning is still the way to success. New social media is the key to transport content and keep parties sympathisants informed. Ralf Froehlich from the German-Swedish agency Himmel and Yord explained that agencies need political messages to help campaigns reaching their audience. The Danish parliamentarian Mads Rorvig opened a panoramic view to internet means for getting people involved in political discussion and argumentation. Hilary Stephenson, head of campaign and elections from the British Liberaldemocrats stressed that the mixture of instruments, classical and new ways to liberal voters have to point out the individual benefits of a party’s offers.
Finally Louis Perron from Switzerland described the asian way to the voters: emotion and believeability are the base of good results on election days.
Helmut Metzner from the German Liberals and Niels Kirkegaard from Ventre, the Danish Liberals summarised: European liberals offer a lot of best practice examples for increasing resonance of the liberal belief. All participants were of one mind: ELDR which gave financial support to the seminar should continue the exchange of experience their member parties are full of.
The video of the seminar will presented on the homepage of the German Free Democtratic Party.So those how could not join the event have the opportunity to learn their lesson. Learn more from the documentation video: http://www.liberale.de/Video/610b196/index.html?iframekey=movingimage24