Liberal International

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Liberal International
Hakima El Haité
President Hakima El Haité
Deputy President Karl-Heinz Paqué
Secretary General Gordon Mackay
Treasurer Judith Pallarés
Omar Youm
founding April 1947
Members 88 parties,
1 individual member

The Liberal International ( English Liberal International , LI ) is the world association of liberal parties. It was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in London . As an international network, it wants to promote liberal and democratic ideas worldwide. The current chairman is the Moroccan Hakima El Haité .

In Germany it includes the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the German Liberal International Group (DGLI). The latter was founded in August 1947 as the German section of the then Liberal World Union ( English Liberal World Union, LWU ), as the FDP did not yet exist at that time. Nevertheless, it was continued with its establishment. Its chairman is currently the former Saxon Justice Minister and FDP member of the Bundestag Jürgen Martens .

In Austria, the Liberal Forum belonged to the Liberal International from 1993 to 2011. Before that, the Freedom Party of Austria was a member from 1979 to 1993, but resigned because of ideological differences. In May 2017, NEOS - The New Austria and Liberal Forum was resumed as an observer.

In Switzerland, the FDP has been part of the LI since 2017, and the Liberals are again a full member. Previously, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Liberal Party of Switzerland (LPS) / Parti libéral suisse (PLS) had participated until 2008 , which merged in February 2009 and only rejoined as observers at the end of October 2015.

The youth organization of the Liberal International is the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY). The European counterpart (and itself a member) of the LI is the ALDE .

Documents of the Liberal International (LI) and its youth organization (IFLRY) are kept in the archive of liberalism of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Gummersbach (North Rhine-Westphalia).


Full members


Individual member

See also


  • Julie Smith: A Sense of Liberty. The History of the Liberal International , London 1997.
  • Guido Thiemeyer : Between cooperation and competition. The transnational cooperation of liberal parties in Europe , in: Jürgen Mittag (Ed.): Political Parties and European Integration , Essen 2006, pp. 313–332.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Retrieved November 9, 2018 .
  3. Individual Members. Liberal International, accessed July 2, 2019 .