Dark Side of Independent Candidates [4liberty.eu Newsletter]

Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts: Trompe-l’oeil: Letter Rack with an Hourglass, a Razor and Scissors (ca. 1664) // Public domain

The March issue of the 4liberty.eu Newsletter provides an overview of the articles published on the 4liberty.eu website, serving as a starting point for further exploration.

Jakub Andrzej Luber (Liberte!): Dark Side of Independent Candidates
Residents are indifferent to any scandals, forgiving the authorities for anything to prevent “the other party” from ruling the city. In such an environment, a candidate from the other side will not stand a chance.


Eugene Gordeichyk (IER): Energy without Borders
Recently, relations between Ukraine and Poland can hardly be called good and neighborly. However, many things unite these countries, not divide. For example, cooperation in the energy sector. We discussed this at our first Ukrainian-Polish discussion within the framework of the “Ukrainian Path to European Union. Polish Accession Experience” project.

Reda Simonaityte (LFMI): Tax Competition Is Already on Decline

Countries that have long been known as “tax havens” – Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Barbados – are also joining in. The US, considered the world’s largest economy, has not yet made any decisions on actual implementation, despite the support for the project demonstrated by the administration of President Joe Biden. Similarly, China is in no hurry as well.
Radek Cieslar (Liberalni Institute): No Need to Import If We Can Do It Best
While we import almost 3 million tons of green beans into the EU every year, we only import around 80,000 tons of roasted beans. The price of unroasted coffee on the exchange is usually between 40 and 120 CZK/kg (select unroasted coffee can be bought wholesale for around 250 CZK/kg, but prices can rise dramatically here).
Mate Hajba (Free Market Foundation): Are We Ready to Go Cashless?
The truth is we are not ready for a completely cashless society. In Hungary, for instance, cash payments are still popular, leading the populist government to side with a far-right party in showing interest in protecting cash payments by amending the constitution.
Why are French farmers protesting? What is the current socio-political situation in France? And what can we make of the forthcoming EU elections and the presidential race in the United States? Leszek Jazdzewski (Fundacja Liberte!) talks with Célia Belin,a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and head of its Paris office since January 2023.

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