The eighth issue of 4liberty.eu Review focuses on personal freedoms and discusses the topic from various perspectives, including: freedom of the press, paternalism, social media, religious freedom, among others. The point of view is, as always, Central and Eastern European. 4liberty.eu has managed to gather a number of various, highly captivating contributions, which they trust would assist the Reader in navigating the truly challenging reality of personal freedoms in the region at present.
Our international comic competition “Animate Europe”, currently running in its third round, is one attempt to create interest in the topic of Europe, launch discussions, thought processes and foster civic engagement, for an informed and open society. It is one examples, how graphic arts and the often neglected comic scene in particular, can be a valuable approach to discussing and presenting social and political issues. The Civil Development Forum, partner in our 4liberty.eu network, has for several years used a similar approach – with the main difference that they focus specifically on economic education. Marek Tatala, Vice President and Economist at the Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation) shared with us their ideas and strategies behind the project.
Democracy relies on well-educated and informed citizens. This includes knowledge about fundamentals of economics, rule of law and individual rights. All of these aspects should be taught to children at an early age and in a way, which makes it accessible and attractive to them.
That’s why the Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation), a Polish think tank and 4Liberty.eu network member, decided to develop economic comic books.
In November 2016 FOR Foundation published already the 8th edition of “Econ-Comics” (“Komiksy Ekonomiczne” in Polish).
“Brussels” has become a buzzword closely associated with over-regulation and the EU Commission is often perceived as the main culprit. However, the stereotype that some 30+ thousand EU officials are producing regulation after regulation to burden business and entrepreneurs is misleading. The fact is that significant over-regulation happens when European law is transposed into national law.