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The Summer 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.

According to media reports, the Ukrainian offensive is progressing slower than expected. However, there are many indications that the main phase of the offensive is still ahead of us, and the actions taken so far have only been rehearsals. The attacks are advancing towards the Sea of Azov in order to cut off Russian access to Crimea and divide the occupation zone into two parts.
Martin Vlachynsky (INESS):
Do you also feel that communication is somehow getting faster and easier for us before national election? Status updates, clickbait headlines, short TikTok videos, and Instagram photo captions. If you cannot condense information into three words, do not even bother saying anything.
IME:
In recent months, the topic of budget deficits has taken center stage in heated debates among economists and politicians, garnering significant attention in the media. In April, the caretaker government proposed a budget with a notable deficit of 6.1% of GDP (on an accrual basis) for 2023. In June, Finance Minister Asen Vasilev proposed a new budget with a negative balance of 3%, which is right at the limit for fiscal stability as set in the Maastricht criteria of the European Commission (EC).

Oksana Kuziakiv (IER):

Keep Your Chin Up: Economic Trends in Ukraine from Business Point Of View

Against a background of high levels of long-term uncertainty and, at the same time, high levels of near-term optimism about production, the analysis of employment trends proves that business is still risk-averse and growing and plans to grow further. Against this background, Ukrainian enterprises are beginning to face the problem of a lack of qualified workers.
LFMI:
July 3 marked an important stage in implementing the EU’s new big tech regulations under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The European Commission started thresholds checks for large internet platforms that are considered to have a strong economic position and a large user base to impact the internal market.

Liberalni Institute:

If You Want to Save the Planet, Let Markets Work

There is a general consensus among economists about the benefits and efficiency of markets and market mechanisms, and in the case of dysfunctional markets, most economists prefer already proven solutions. That is why economists like to apply vouchers to various economic or social problems. Whether it is Milton Friedman’s school vouchers, emission allowances, or refugee vouchers, which were designed to address the migration crisis that affected Europe in 2015.

FOR:

Investigating Alleged Russian Influence Is Cover Up for Pre-Election Show On State Television

The Sejm, by the votes of the ruling coalition and the Polskie Sprawy and Kukiz’15 parliament groups, passed the Act on the establishment of the State Commission for the Study of Russian Influences on the Internal Security of the Republic of Poland in the years 2007–2022.

Eva Agnes Toth (Republikon Institute):

Status Law – Revenge of Hungarian Education Policy

The “Status Law” is a bill by the Hungarian Ministry of Interior the purpose of which is to regulate the new career path of pedagogues. The educators are deeply unsatisfied with their current work conditions and have been on strike constantly for more than a year now without any success.

Economic Freedom Foundation:

Capital Has No Nationality – It Needs Stability and Openness

An entrepreneurial state is one that is law-abiding, free and open. Not one that makes its presence felt in every sphere of life. Ignorance, archaic worldview conservatism, combined with years of legislative neglect by Polish politicians in the economy have made us an unpredictable business partner.

Liberte!:

10th Edition of Freedom Games Is Coming!

We are pleased to announce that the next edition of the event will be held on September 15-17, 2023, in Lodz, with the leading topic being “Turning Point”! During the tenth anniversary edition of the Freedom Games, a new generation of experts, NGOs, business, politicians, and citizens will present a proposal for change, a way to tame uncertainty, and a prospect for the future both locally and globally.

ELF & Liberte!:

How German Policies Were Transformed by Russian Invasion of Ukraine [PODCAST]

In this episode of the Liberal Europe Podcast, Leszek Jażdżewski (Fundacja Liberté!) welcomes Dr Nicole Koenig, Head of Policy at the Munich Security Conference. They talk about German strategy towards the war in Ukraine, a shift in the defense policy, the future of EU enlargement and strategic autonomy, and how Germans perceive Zeitenwende.
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