Guy Verhofstadt, President of the ALDE Group, looks back at the past 4 years of the European Parliament and points out the challenges for the new Parliament.
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) is the third largest political group in the European Parliament, comprising Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from European political parties right across the continent.
We are a strong centre force with a pro-European political agenda. All European countries are facing multiple international challenges, whether in terms of economic recession, collapse of major cross-border banking institutions, climate change, international terrorism or security of energy supplies.
Liberals and Democrats are at the forefront of an ambitious policy agenda and seek to create a strong and secure European Union with high standards of public health, consumer protection and human rights. We aim to build and safeguard a free, fair and open society.
We stand for a new, greener more competitive economy utilising new skills and new technologies and providing prosperity and job opportunities.