FNF Greece: The Greek Microstate Conference

Instead of looking to centralize government, what if
we looked to microstates for the answers to our current woes?


The existence of several successful microstates within Europe has given credence to the notion that small countries with limited governments actually work. Microstates are well situated to protect the fundamental rights of citizens and provide a better regulatory environment for entrepreneurs. Especially now, in the time of economic crisis and strain across the European continent, solutions are needed. Rather than further centralizing government in the wake of crisis, what if we look to microstates for answers? For that purpose, the “Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom” and “European Students for Liberty” propose the “Microstate Conference” on the Greek island of Crete in the beautiful city of Chania. Continue reading

Publication: The European Union – Catalyst for Economic Freedom?

Each year, the Economic Freedom of the World Report measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic freedom. Brochure_Econ Freedom

Studies have shown that economic freedom leads to higher investment rates and income levels, economic growth and a reduction in poverty –  all of which are desperately needed in the European Union today.

But what is the state of economic freedom in the EU? Continue reading

Upcoming event: On the path to freedom and prosperity? Launch of the Economic Freedom of the World Report 2014

ReportTuesday, 7 October 2014
Venue: Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Ballroom, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels

Countries whose institutions promote economic freedom enjoy higher investment rates, more rapid economic growth, higher income levels, and a more rapid reduction in poverty rates. Open markets allow nations to specialize in the production of goods that they have a comparative advantage in, resulting in welfare gains for all involved parties. Only if property rights are secured, countries can attract foreign investment they need to diversify and develop their economies. All in all, the preservation and expansion of the liberal trade regime is necessary to ensure rising living standards in all parts of the world. Hence, monitoring the development of economic institutions and conditions worldwide is of vital importance.

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