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. Continue reading →
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
About the event
Although European integration in the early 1950s started around energy issues, this topic has ever since been hampered by narrow national interests and a lack of coordination. Central and Eastern Europe serves as point in case – it is a region heavily energy-dependent on Russia, yet we can observe very diverging positions of these countries. Continue reading →
“Since the Euromaidan, the fall of the Yanoukovich government and the subsequent annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of Western Ukraine, the EU has shown unprecedented unity”, argues Dirk Schuebel, Head of Division for Eastern Partnership at the External Action Service. At an event of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in cooperation with the think tank network 4Liberty in Brussels, foreign policy experts debated if Russian aggression in Ukraine could lead to a new divide in the EU. In Schuebel’s view, the EU has been able to speak with one voice in foreign policy for the first time, especially if we think of the lacking coordination and agreement on other crisis, as for example Syria or Lybia. Not only on the adoption of targeted sanctions, so-called restrictive measures, have the member states shown unity, but also in their pledge to fund Ukraine’s much needed modernisation process. In March 2014 they pledged a sum of 11 billion euros, out of which already 4 billion have been disbursed. Knowing the lengthy bureaucratic procedures of the EU, this is an unusual speed.