By Charlotte Kude
The French presidential election has turned into the next test for the European Union: as the presenter of the TV debate featuring all 11 candidates observed, most of them are Eurosceptic. Interestingly, that includes those who describe themselves as “Gaullist”; General de Gaulle was the one who vetoed British membership of the EU twice because he felt that Britain didn’t subscribe to the vision of the founding members. Those in Britain who voted to leave the European Union last year did so for a variety of reasons which came down to precisely that conclusion. Continue reading
The International Young Democrat Union on Bolivia:
The Executive Board of the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) joins our member organization, the Youth of the Democratic Social Movement of Bolivia in solidarity with the national Vice President of the mother party, former Governor Ernesto Suarez who has been unjustly and arbitrarily detained in another act of repression that has characterized the government of Evo Morales. The political use of the judiciary has been the preferred method of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) to try and submit before them any democratic voice and our Bolivian allies have been amongst the most persecuted by this farce.
Having been defeated in his attempt at reforming the Constitution to allow a fourth consecutive term, Morales and his party have radicalized and resorted to an increase in harassment of other political parties as well as independent voices within the Bolivian society. Through completely unfounded allegations, Governor Suarez has become a political prisoner in an act that looks to further intimidate the opposition.
We call upon the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights to look into the subject and take action before Bolivia too, like other countries in the ALBA, falls into systematic violations of basic rights of the people.
The Executive Board of the International Young Democrat Union
The International Young Democrat Union on the upcoming elections in Ecuador: Continue reading
IYDU Chairman Simon Breheny and Jamaica PM Andrew Holness at #IYDUmiami
Chairman Simon Breheny was recently interviewed by US magazine OpportunityLives about #IYDUmiami and the impact of IYDU and it’s members. Read the full story here: Continue reading
By Tamir Wertzberger
It’s less than a month until Obama’s term comes to an end and it seems that the American president would do all he can to leave chaos and anarchy behind him as he exits the White House.
After failing to solve the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and an ‘Arab Spring’ that turned into an ‘Arab winter’ as he betrayed the US’ traditional allies in the Middle East, Obama is now trying to set fire to the last stronghold that survived his two terms.
This afternoon local time Rt Hon John Key, Chairman of the International Democrat Union and Prime Minister of New Zealand, announced his resignation as Prime Minister, effective Monday 12 December.
John Key will be remembered and celebrated as one of New Zealand’s greatest Prime Ministers, having led the National Party for 10 years, and New Zealand for 8 years. He has undeniably made our country a much better place than he found it.
One of the most powerful stories I’ve heard this year was that of Sirley Ávila León. She’s pictured here with John Suarez of the Free Cuba Foundation, addressing International Young Democrat Union delegates at our recent council meeting in Miami.
IYDU Chairman Simon Breheny with Jamaica PM Andrew Holness at the IYDU council meeting in Miami.
IDU statement, November 15th 2016:
Congratulations to the IYDU who have elected Simon Breheny (Australia) as Chairman. Continue reading
Below please find the agenda for this weekend: Continue reading
We are just under one week away from the 2016 IYDU Annual Council Meeting and Election Observation. This time next week over 100 registered participants will be filing into historic Miami City Hall to kickoff the Annual Council Meeting. Continue reading