Upcoming event: Reforming the EU: A view from Poland by Ryszard Petru

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Recent elections in the Netherlands and France have shown that the citizens’ desire of a strong European Union has not dissolved. Nevertheless, the EU stands at crossroads and has to re-define itself, especially when looking at the Member States to the East.

Poland’s relationship with the EU has deteriorated since the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party came into power. The first ever “rule-of-law procedure” undertaken by the European Commission against Poland, points to a bigger problem: the rise of illiberal democracy in some countries of the EU. In which direction is Poland heading and what are the chances to stop the democratic slide?

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Comic Books for Better Economic Education in Poland

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.

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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).

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