Sweden’s Foreign Minister (and avid Tweeter and blogger) tweets an embarrassing fact. International political bodies should be more choosy about their members – otherwise they risk finding themselves with dodgy associates.
That applies to liberal umbrella organisations too: the International Federation of Liberal Youth had its own membership fail when it admitted an Azerbaijani youth movement only to later see pictures of its members holding up placards saying “Armenian Genocide = Soap Bubble”.
Having been a delegate (for the Liberal Youth of Sweden) at an IFLRY conference myself I know that membership applications can be thorny. This is all the more reason to be careful in choosing which organisations to admit.
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