Liberal Democrats


ALDE_logo.pngThe Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party is the party for Liberal Democrat values in Europe.

Together with our liberal member parties across the European continent we are translating the principle of freedom into politics, economics and all other areas of our societies. The ALDE Party provides an increasingly vital link between citizens and the EU institutions and is continuously growing in size and significance.

The ALDE Party consists of 57 member parties from across Europe.

Liberal Democrats created their European political family in 1976 in view of the first European elections and in 1993 was established as a true transnational political party.

Formerly the European Liberal Democrat and Reform (ELDR) party, on 10 November 2012 at the Congress in Dublin, European Liberal Democrat delegates voted overwhelmingly to change the name of the party to Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) Party to strengthen links with the European Parliamentary group.

Leaders and key figures

Leaders and key figures

Sir Graham Watson, Member of the European Parliament was elected President of the European Liberal Democrats on a two-year mandate on 25 November 2011 at the Congress in Palermo, Italy. He was President until 2015, when Hans van Baalen MEP was elected

The ALDE Party brings together Members of the European Parliament from among its member parties. Together with the MEPs from the European Democratic Party they form the third largest political force, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group, which is led by Guy Verhofstadt.

Eight European Prime Ministers belong to ALDE Party member parties: 

    •   Mr. Andrej Babiš of Czech Republic;
    •   Mr. Xavier Bettel from Luxembourg;
    •   Mr. Miro Cerar of Slovenia;
    •   Mr. Charles Michel of Belgium;
    •   Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark;
    •   Mr. Jüri Ratas of Estonia;
    •   Mr. Mark Rutte of The Netherlands;
    •   Mr Juha Sipilä of Finland.

Five out of 27 EU Commissioners represent liberal democrats:

  • Mr. Andrus Ansip, Vice President, Digital Single Market;
  • Mrs. Violeta Bulc, Transport;
  • Mrs. Věra Jourová, Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality;
  • Mrs. Cecilia Malmström, Trade;
  • Mrs. Margrethe Vestager, Competition.

In 2018 (by 25 July 2018), 15 member parties (of which 12 parties in EU member states) in government in 13 countries (10 in EU member states).

Mission statement

In 60 years of European integration, the European Union has served us well in achieving peace, stability and prosperity. The EU has promoted and extended to half a billion people the four freedoms: the free movement of people, services, capital and goods across borders. We want the Union to play a key leadership role in tackling today’s and tomorrows global challenges.

  • We strengthen the Liberal Democrat movement in the EU and throughout Europe;
  • We assist Liberal Democrat politicians across Europe to become better acquainted and to define a common political vision;
  • We draw up and adopt a common manifesto for the European Parliament elections.

Values & Messages

Democracy, the rule of law, human rights, tolerance and solidarity 
The ALDE Party believes in a Europe based on the fundamental Liberal principles of liberty, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.

A fair, free and open society 
We believe in a fair, free and open society which harnesses the abilities of each and every one of its citizens to participate fully in society, presenting them with the opportunities to fulfill their potential, free from poverty, ignorance, and discrimination.

A prosperous Europe
To achieve these goals, we are striving to complete the internal market as a truly common economic area without internal frontiers and to reform Europe's economy to make it more prosperous and competitive, with more jobs and stable prices for consumers, based on the principle of globally inclusive international free trade.

Sustainable development and peace in the world
We are working to promote sustainable development and to protect our environment. We are campaigning for a safe and just society, ensuring a more peaceful and stable world.

EU enlargement
As the most consistent and long-standing advocates of an early and wide enlargement of the European Union, we are delighted to have welcomed into the Union our friends from the new Member States. We are firmly resolved to further deepen, reinforce and enlarge the European Union.

A transparent, democratic and accountable Europe
We campaign for a more transparent, democratic and accountable Europe, taking decisions only on those matters which require European solutions. We are in favour of a systematic application of the subsidiarity principle in order to bring decision-making as close to the citizen as possible.

A European Constitution
ALDE Party supports a constitutional settlement for Europe. Liberal Democrats all over Europe have always campaigned for a strong constitution as the basis of democracy.

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