European Elections: Estonian Parties Focus on Environment [ Newsletter]

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Academy of Liberalism:
In their election manifestos for the European Parliament, the political parties have paid a lot of attention to environmental issues; there is talk of steps towards climate neutrality, but also of issues that directly affect Estonian entrepreneurs and rural life.
Marek Tatala (Economic Freedom Foundation):
The twentieth anniversary of the entry of Poland and nine other countries into the European Union is a good time to remind ourselves of the benefits associated with this. In the Economic Freedom Foundation’s report, we focus on what is most important for the Polish and EU economies – the Single Market.
Jakub Kunes:
After joining the European Union, the Czech economy experienced rapid growth. Exports to EU countries soared from 25 billion euros to 188 billion euros in 2022. The growth rate of foreign direct investment increased fourfold after the Czech Republic joined the EU. GDP per capita rose by an impressive 46%. These figures speak clearly: being part of the European Single Market has become essentially vital for the Czech Republic.
Gia Jandieri (NESG):
The Georgian government, ruled by an informal leader (recently branded a “Puppet Master” by the Financial Times), adopted the Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence. The Georgian Dream party claims that the country is facing a threat from agents of foreign influence, particularly from a “Global War Party” that includes local non-government and international organizations (including our organization, the New Economic School, which was founded in 2001).
Maximilian Reinhardt (Liberales Institut):
In 2035, the ban on combustion engines is set to become a reality at the EU level. From that point onwards, only pure gasoline or diesel vehicles should no longer be allowed to be sold. But what does this decision entail?
On April 30, 2024 – almost exactly one year later – INESS, in cooperation with the Austrian Economics Center, organized the popular Free Market Road Show – and again on a highly topical subject. This year marks not only the 20th anniversary of Slovakia’s EU membership but also our 20 years in the European Single Market, which recently celebrated its 30th birthday.
Liberte! & ELF:
How is Italy positioning itself in the struggle for leadership in Europe? Will the surge of far-right movements determine the EU agenda? And will the European Union finally become a global player in its own right? Leszek Jazdzewski (Fundacja Liberte!) talks with Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen, and an independent non-executive director of Acea and Europe’s Futures fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, IWM).