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June 20, 2017
Thirty years ago, President Reagan, a hero to many, stood up in front of the West Berlin audience, with the monumental Brandenburg gate behind his back, and spoke these unforgettable words: “We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of... Read More
June 08, 2015
Last weekend, I traveled to Plovdiv with volunteer trainers of our LEAP Team for the “Leadership Institute for Bulgaria”, a two-day training seminar designed to further the skills of a selection of 70 young reformist Bulgarian leaders. Organized in partnership with our good friends and colleagues... Read More
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Thibault Muzergues

Resident Program Director, Europe Division
March 25, 2015
I was born in 1976 during the Spanish Transition. So I can say I was fortunate enough to live in a democracy that has not only been consolidated over the years in which I grew up, but also a  democratic regime that has contributed decisively to the economic and social development of my country... Read More
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Alfonso Serrano

Member of the LEAP Team and Member of the Assembly of Madrid
March 25, 2015
Nací en 1976 coincidiendo con la Transición española. Por tanto he tenido la suerte de vivir  toda mi vida en una democracia que no sólo se ha consolidado con el paso de los años, sino que ha contribuido de manera decisiva al desarrollo económico y social de mi país, siendo España un modelo de... Read More
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Alfonso Serrano

Member of the LEAP Team and Member of the Assembly of Madrid
February 12, 2015
This blog is part of a the IRI LEAP Series. IRI's “LEAP Team” is a band of European political professionals who dedicate some of their free time to participate in IRI's work to promote democracy in Europe and beyond. Five years ago, when TOP 09 was founded, a lots of its competitors called the... Read More
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Jaroslav Poláček

LEAP Trainer and Campaign Manager of TOP 09, Czech Republic
February 09, 2015
Ask any of IRI’s resident program or country directors anywhere in the World: there is always one particular part of his/her program for which he/she is most proud of.  Asking myself that question after more three years working at the Institute, I found myself not hesitating for a second:... Read More