Our Focal Points

Our Core Topics

BEST EDUCATION
Without education, freedom will not survive for long. There is no good education without freedom. Education and the freedom to choose the educational path are the foundation on which every human being can develop his or her talents. For the good of all.

DIGITAL AND OPEN SOCIETY
The digital society offers great opportunities for developing creativity. And for economic progress. But this must not come at the expense of freedom and privacy.

The open society is the counter-model to totalitarian forms of government such as National Socialism or Communism. In an open society everyone has the freedom to be oneself, and thus the chance to shape their own lifes.

THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY
Only market economy guarantees the citizen personal freedom, social peace and high prosperity. In recent years, however, politicians have increasingly tended to undermine the principles of social market economy - especially the freedom to be creative and innovative. We oppose this with our concept of self-determined citizens.

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
With all our strength for a liberal world: Therefore the Foundation for Freedom is working in many countries of the world.

Best Education

Without education, freedom will not survive for long. There is no good education without freedom.

 

EDUCATION AND PROMISES OF ADVANCEMENT

Education shall impart skills, thus allowing everyone to orientate themselves self-determinatively in our constantly changing society and to implement their individual life plans. Education is key to social advancement. Therefore, it shall meet the individual learning needs of individuals in order to make this advancement possible. Liberal policy is therefore strengthening schools, but also the training potential of universities and vocational schools as well as dual education. Education shall enable citizens to fulfil their lives regardless of their background. The goal is: Best education for the best life. 

EDUCATION AND DIGITISATION

Digitisation offers great potential for better education: More individual learning, more innovative teaching methods, lifelong learning across generations. In order to fully exploit this potential, we need the best teachers and trainers. Only if citizens of all ages find the best conditions at all educational institutions education can be the unifying element of disruptive social processes. Liberal politics wants to create digital cosmopolitans who take advantage of the opportunities offered by digitisation
 

Digital and Open Society

The digital society offers great opportunities for  developing creativity. And for economic progress. But this must not come at the expense of freedom and privacy.

Technological progress is a social opportunity liberals want to use and shape in the sense of individual freedom. The guiding principle for this mandate is the canon of values for human and civil rights emanating from the individual in accordance with the Basic Law, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and the European Convention on Human Rights. These rights also apply in the digital world.
 

DATA PRIVACY PROTECTION

Data privacy protection is a fundamental right. In recent decades, the Federal Constitutional Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union have repeatedly ensured effective privacy data protection - often at the request of liberals. Liberal data policy ensures adequate data protection. The right to informational self-determination shall determine the digital future. Users and businesses need clarity and legal certainty. Anyone who wants to make free decisions in the digital world shall be allowed to make sovereign decisions about the use of their data.

ETHICS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

Digitisation as the megatrend of the future does not only affect technical applications. Digital processes are changing society and raise new ethical questions. The results of automated processes using algorithms and artificial intelligence shall also be measured against the value decisions of our society .

LIVING AND DEFENDING AN OPEN SOCIETY 

FNF shows the complexity of democracy and its challenges by right-wing and left-wing populist trends, by increasing ignorance of political structures and growing displeasure with representative decision models. New opportunities for participation due to digitisation, challenges to the social climate and the political debating culture by transferring communication to the Internet (false news/hate speech) are being discussed openly and with a clear focus on securing civil rights. The responsibility of the individual - whether on the Web or in the analogue world - shall be strengthened by education, media competence and transparency of political coordination and decision-making processes. A platform may be offered to Innovative projects to strengthen political participation (municipal voting rights for foreigners, lowering of the voting age, family voting rights. 
 

FREEDOM AND SECURITY

In a liberal state based on the rule of law freedom and security are in balance. For us this means that our Constitution is a document of strong civil rights. We criticise when civil rights are unjustifiably restricted - whether in data retention, online searches or source telecommunication surveillance. We show how, using constitutional regulations, for example by  reorganising the security services, an increase in security does not come at the expense of freedom. A strong state based on the rule of law relies on averting threats and prosecuting criminals, but also on better prevention: Target-oriented education in schools is particularly important for successfully fighting extremism and terrorism. 

The Future of Social Market Economy

Only market economy guarantees the citizen personal freedom, social peace and high prosperity.
 

LIBERAL REGULATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY 

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) shall create the right framework conditions for free trade, open markets and successful globalisation by establishing international trade regulations. Therefore it takes new impulses and reforms to strengthen and renew the WTO. The advantages and disadvantages of bilateral and pluralistic trade agreements as compared with multilateral trade agreements shall be openly discussed. 

FREE TRADE

Free, rule-based trade ensures progress, growth and prosperity. Not only in Europe, but especially also in many countries of the South, trade liberalization is of decisive importance for creating prosperity. Informing people about the advantages of free trade is a central task of liberal political education. More information, education and transparency in the negotiation of future free trade agreements is essential if citizens are to regain confidence in free trade agreements and to secure democratic legitimacy. The EU is pursuing an ambitious free trade agenda. Following the successful agreements with Korea (2011), Singapore (2014) and Japan (2017), it is now necessary to open up the market in other heavyweights, including the USA.

PROTECTIONISM/CHALLENGES OF GLOBALISATION

Changes due to globalization, automation and digital change pose challenges to industrial societies worldwide. However, the rejection of free trade and the isolation of national markets are the wrong answers to structural change and global competition. Protectionism is a false promise of safety from globalization. Shaping globalization: What are the answers states may have to the challenges of globalization? 

A modern infrastructure is a crucial prerequisite for economic prosperity and wealth. Free development of people, freedom to choose the place of residence and work and care of social relationships are impossible without a modern transport infrastructure, modern mobility concepts and fast digital networks. 

MOBILITY OF THE FUTURE

Economic growth is unthinkable without modern infrastructure. People want to be mobile. Goods, energy and data must be moved to achieve growth and prosperity. Autonomous cars also need roads. The condition of our roads, railways and waterways is alarming - billions are missing every year to maintain and develop them. Thinking about transport concepts shall be free from ideology in order to ensure fair competition between transport modes. Effective and tailor-made concepts have to be developed for urban and rural areas. Digitization creates completely new opportunities: Transport wishes may be digitally collected and organised - for flexible and tailor-made local transport, shared mobility solutions shall be promoted, multimodality shall be enabled. 

DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The exchange of information via the Internet is increasingly becoming a prerequisite for participating in economic exchange, democratic decision-making and future-oriented education. Without a qualitative and quantitative expansion of the digital infrastructure, Germany will soon be lagging behind: An efficient gigabit/broadband network is indispensable to ensure prosperity and to keep small and medium-sized enterprises in rural regions. More competition in infrastructure development and incentives for private investment are important in order to reach rural areas quickly as well. Competition-based development rather than re-monopolisation of German Telekom. The right course for 5G must be set now.

A free and fair market with more competition in the energy industry is the goal of the liberal proposals for energy and climate policy. In contrast, state-planned economy, bans and paternalism in climate and energy policy, expensive solo attempts and symbolic policies in international climate protection are throwing Germany back in competition, make climate protection unnecessarily expensive and annoy citizens. 

ENERGY POLICY
 

Reduction of subsidies: The energy system transformation requires open technological competition in order to supply the population with inexpensive, safe and environmentally friendly energy. 

CLIMATE POLICY

Effective climate protection requires market-based incentives: The liberal response is a market-compliant energy union at European level rather than an expensive climate policy of individual countries. Guidelines of the type of state-planned economy, such as politically determined bans on combustion engines completely disregard the successfully tested market economy concepts of competition for the best ideas. 
 

International Politics

With all our strength for a liberal world. Therefore the Foundation for Freedom is working for in many countries of the world.

Human Rights

Commitment to freedom means commitment to human rights: That is why we are committed to human rights in over 60 countries.

 

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
 
Worldwide the civil society’s scope of action is shrinking rapidly. Freedom of the press and freedom of expression are most affected. But they are the basis of every liberal society. FNF strengthens these fundamental rights worldwide through innovative projects to train journalists (above all with the IJMDP) and to promote creative ways of expressing political opinion, even in severely restricted civil societies.

ACTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY (LGBTI)

Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity must be combated both in Germany and abroad. Equal rights of people who think and feel differently are a vital prerequisite for a liberal society. Against this background, FNF supports the rights of LGBTI in many of its projects abroad, while at the same time promoting the discussion on this subject in Germany.

PROMOTING FUNDAMENTAL DIGITAL RIGHTS AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY

Digitisation represents a major challenge to the protection of international human rights. The ruling principle shall be: Everything that is protected offline shall also be protected online! The new possibilities of the almost unlimited collection of digital data and surveillance are mainly endangering the right to privacy. FNF works against this at home and abroad by organising political education activities. It develops and brings into the national discussion innovative ideas on how digitalization, civil and human rights may be approached holistically and promoted worldwide.  

BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Market economy AND human rights are fundamental concerns of liberal politics. Liberal policy aims at the responsible use of economic freedom as well as the fundamental compliance with human rights and ethical principles. Against this background, FNF is contributing to the current global debate on the responsibility of business enterprises for human rights. It benefits equally from its experience in international promotion of free market economy and human rights. These experiences are introduced into the highly controversial and ideologically led national debate by proposing concrete solutions.

AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Classical liberal human rights work also includes the fight against death penalty and the associated educational work regarding its ineffectiveness. 

PROMOTION OF THE DISCUSSION ABOUT FREEDOM OF RELIGION FROM A LIBERAL POINT OF VIEW

The discussion about the significance and limits of religious freedom in relation to the liberal democratic basic order is a classic liberal topic, which is currently conducted primarily in dialogue with Muslim groups of society.