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Between Polarisation and Moderation [DE/EN]

Dr. Daniela Kallinich

After almost three years, we have become accustomed to the dynamic President Emmanuel Macron in our neighbouring country France. With varying degrees of emotion, we have watched political impulses he has initiated, contentious reforms and resulting social reactions such as the protests of the Yellow Vests movement, observed with fascination his political boldness and perhaps also some clumsiness.

However, many are still faced today with the question of how Macron, his party La République en Marche and his policies are actually to be classified. The media in Germany often describe him as liberal and agree that he is a friend of Europe and a reformer. In France, Macron is often also referred to as a centrist – a political characteristic that for many decades has rather stood for unsuccessfulness, fickleness and a lack of profile in terms of content. But what is it really about in terms of content? Who are the traditional representatives of this political tradition and is a president who governs with members of the left, the right and the centre really a centrist?

The publication is available in German and English.

Liberaler Dreiländerdialog, Tschechien, Deutschland, Polen: Energiepolitik [DE/PL/CZ]

Václav Hrabák, Prof. Dr. Martin Neumann MdB, Marek Szolc

Das vereinte Europa muss von unten wachsen. Das gilt besonders für die unzähligen Grenzregionen in der EU. Hier ist Europa lebendig erfahrbar und sind seine Vorteile handfest greifbar. Für Liberale ist die Verankerung Europas in den Regionen eine Kernfrage der Zukunft.

Dies ist die erste von drei Publikationen, zum Thema Energiepoltik. Sie widmen sich den Brennpunktthemen Verkehrspolitik, Energieversorgung und Tourismus. In allen drei Politikfeldern hat sich bereits gezeigt: Das Dreiländereck Sachsen-Polen-Tschechien liefert schon viele Beispiele gelungener Zusammenarbeit. Aber es handelt sich auch um eine teilweise recht strukturschwache Region, die von einer noch weiter verstärkten grenzübergreifenden Kooperation enorm profitieren kann. Es gilt, die Potentiale der Region zu entwickeln. Daran wollen wir mitwirken.

The publication is available in German, Polish & Czech.

Liberaler Dreiländerdialog, Tschechien, Deutschland, Polen: Infrastruktur [DE/PL/CZ]

Ladislav Bobr, Krzysztof Feret, Torsten Herbst MdB

Das vereinte Europa muss von unten wachsen. Das gilt besonders für die unzähligen Grenzregionen in der EU. Hier ist Europa lebendig erfahrbar und sind seine Vorteile handfest greifbar. Für Liberale ist die Verankerung Europas in den Regionen eine Kernfrage der Zukunft. Dies ist die zweite von drei Publikationen, zum Thema Infrastruktur.

The publication is available in German, Polish & Czech.

Liberaler Dreiländerdialog, Tschechien, Deutschland, Polen: Tourismus [DE/PL/CZ]

Manfred Böhme, Ondřej Kovařík MdEP, Magdalena Piasecka

Das vereinte Europa muss von unten wachsen. Das gilt besonders für die unzähligen Grenzregionen in der EU. Hier ist Europa lebendig erfahrbar und sind seine Vorteile handfest greifbar. Für Liberale ist die Verankerung Europas in den Regionen eine Kernfrage der Zukunft. Dies ist die dritte Publikation der Reihe, zum Thema Tourismus.

The publication is available in German, Polish & Czech.

A Divided West in Need of Reinvention: How to Deal With Trumpism After Trump

Laure Mandeville

After 4 years of “the Trump tornado”, a transition to a new government is starting. The system seems to have resisted. Despite this formal resilience, the country, dangerously divided, is in a deep political and democratic crisis. What are the major elements of this ongoing instablity and how can Europe and the United States reinvigorate a transatlantic relationship in disarray? The study is the result of a collaboration between the European Dialogue Program of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom with the Tocqueville Foundation and the French American Foundation that organised a joint conference on November 25th, to discuss the results of the 2020 election and the crisis of democracy in America.

How to Boost European Competitiveness Through a European Business Code [DE/FR/EN]

Dr. Elise Bernard & Amélie Jaques-Apke

The restrictions imposed on public life in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic have shown how much we rely on and benefit from the European Single Market and the border-free Schengen area. With a surge of trade conflicts, restrictive forms of government and global competitiveness, the EU must adapt to changing realities and set exemplary standards based on cooperation and coordination. In this study, authored by Europanova and supported by FNF Europe, you will find concrete policy proposals on how a harmonised European Business Code will increase the efficiency of the single market in the EU and beyond. Enjoy the read!

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You can find the French version here and the German version here.

Advocacy Paper for Voters Without Borders

Brunello de Vita, Caroline Herlin, Sinéad O’Keeffe, Nusa Vidensek

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For the German version, click here. Review No. 13  DisinforNation: Disinformation Practices in CEE

The thirteenth issue of Review, titled “DisinforNation: Disinformation Practices in CEE”, focuses on the techniques employed by various agents in the region aimed at seeding and spreading false or manufactured information. By analyzing the cases from the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, among others, we attempt to shed some light the most recent and troubling phenomena in order to recommend most suitable solutions to combatting disinformation.

The VISIO JOURNAL Vol. 5: The Economics of a Pandemic – The Case of COVID-19

Visio Institut

A pandemic is a great threat to the health and safety of the people. In addition, given the interdependence of economic and social systems, a pandemic produces considerable social costs and profoundly disrupts the economy.

In responding to the exigencies of the current global health crisis caused by an outbreak of the coronavirus, governments worldwide have made vast and unprecedented decisions to combat the virus’s spread and protect lives by detecting disease, reducing new cases, and limiting mortality. In such times, governments need to exercise prudence when introducing emergency measures to control the virus, weighing carefully what limitations to impose on human rights and freedoms.

The 5th issue of The Visio Journal features four papers exploring the economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic for the citizens, workers, households, businesses, state budgets, and economies. Supported by FNF Prague.

Behind Closed Curtains – Disinformation on messenger services

Ann Cathrin Riedel

The novel coronavirus that has been rampant since the beginning of 2020 revealed what many people, at least in Germany, were unaware of: disinformation is also present in the non-political sphere, and it is increasingly being spread via messengers such as WhatsApp and Telegram. In Germany, for example, two voice messages went viral via WhatsApp and spread disinformation about the virus. What findings do we have so far on the spread of disinformation via messengers? The paper explores this question, and looks not only at Germany but also at India and Brazil – two countries that have already had to struggle with the problem to a considerable extent. What can politics, what can we do to stop the mass spread of disinformation?

The New Law on the Right to Assembly in Hungary as Applied in Practice

A collaborative research paper by human rights lawyers Dalma Dojcsak, Erika Farkas, Tamas Fazekas, Szabolcs Hegyi, Andras Kadar & Mate Szabo

The freedom of peaceful assembly is a vital and functioning political right in Hungary. In 2018, after the third-in-a-row landslide election victory of the illiberal Fidesz party, a new law on assemblies came into force substantially reshaping the underlying regulatory framework.
How did protests held in the proximity of the Prime Minister’s residence contribute to the wording of the new law? How are previously banned extreme right-wing demonstrations assessed under the new regulation? Is there a more restrictive new standard for traffic-based bans? What kind of administrative obstacles are organisers facing in the reshaped notification procedure? What are the new tools in the hand of the police to restrict the right to assembly and how are these applied in practice?
Amongst others, these topics are examined in light of the jurisprudence that the Hungarian courts produced during the roughly one and a half years following the new law’s entry into force.

Limited Welcome: Protecting the Media from Hostile Foreign Influence (AMO)

Ivana Karásková, Association for International Affairs (AMO)
Matej Šimalčík, Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS)

The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that the media in democratic countries is indeed a strategic industry, as it serves as the principle means of communication between governments and citizens. Yet it is also during a crisis that hostile foreign powers can use the same channels of communication to influence narratives, spread disinformation and contribute to panic or social unrest. Hostile foreign influence to change the public discourse can be effective, as it has so far gone largely unnoticed by both European governments as well as society at large. The problem has not yet been acknowledged, quantified and properly responded to. Legislation treating the media as a strategic industry is either missing or exists in a rudimentary form.

In order to address the issue, the Association for International Affairs (AMO) published the Policy Paper “Limited Welcome: protecting the media from hostile foreign influence” in June 2020. The project was supported by the Prague office of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

deepfakes coverDeepfakes & Disinformation

Adnieszka M. Walorska

Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are playing an increasing role in our society – but the new possibilities of this technology come hand in hand with new risks. One such risk is misuse of the technology to deliberately disseminate false information. With the use of AI algorithms, videos can now be falsified quickly and relatively cheaply (“deepfakes”) without requiring any specialised knowledge. Read more about the political/societal challenges and how to tackle them in this analysis. Review No. 12 – Taxing Taxes: Labor and Capital in CEE

This time, their primary focus is the taxation of labor and capital – from the cases of Poland and the Czech Republic, to Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We do, however, tackle also related phenomena – by showcasing, for example, the Slovakian take on carbon taxes.

All this has been done in a bid to familiarize the Reader with an overview of various existing approaches, and propose recommendations on how to make all tax systems better.

Because, to paraphrase Adam Smith’s words, “easy taxes” are one of the pre-requisites for a successful state. And who would not want our countries to be just that?

citizenship buchklappeTo be or not to be – EU Citizenship [ELF]

Edited by European Affairs Manager Carmen Descamps

From a European point of view, one of the most relevant citizens’ rights in 2019 was the right to vote and to stand as a candidate during the European Parliament elections. Whilst not the only example of the application of citizenship rights, European elections underline the relevance of such rights for citizens of the Union. The existence of EU citizenship might be undisputed, but we must ask ourselves: do we really know what European citizenship is and do we make the best use of our rights? In 2018, seven out of ten Europeans felt that they were citizens of the European Union, yet only a slight majority knew about their citizenship rights and one third would have liked to know more. The knowledge is there, but it needs to be shared and applied.

With contributions from experts from academia, think tanks and politics, this publication sheds light on the rights and oppor­tunities of EU citizenship. It bridges the gap between knowledge and application by presenting a number of concrete issues and perspectives around EU citizenship. The publication also offers solutions to foster an active European citizenry, which is vital for the functioning of European democracy. “To be or not to be – EU citizenship” is of relevance for academics, activists, policy-makers and decision-makers alike.

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