4liberty.eu N E W S L E T T E R [SEPTEMBER 2023]

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

The September 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.

Impacts of the Russian War in Ukraine on CEE: 4liberty.eu Review No. 19 Now Available Online

We are pleased to present the nineteenth issue of 4liberty.eu Review, titled “Learning from the Past and Present: Impacts of the Russian War in Ukraine on CEE”. This time, our primary focus is on the response to the Russian aggression in the region, as well as various related phenomena and challenges.


Joanna Łopat (Projekt: Polska):
For years, Polish discourse has focused on the Righteous. And, of course, they are important, because the message that they carry is that you should help those in need. But this is not the way to talk about the Holocaust. This is a way to bypass what is important. This is talking about the Holocaust without victims. It is rewriting history.
Mate Hajba (Free Market Foundation):
The Hungarian government is pandering to its elderly voters through nostalgia. However, unlike other populists who promise to bring back a glorious and nonexistent past, the Hungarian leadership is putting hammer and sickle to work on bringing back communism – an era when their pensioner voter base was young and when absolutely nothing functioned properly.

Nataliya Melnyk (Bendukidze Free Market Center):

Ukraine Is Not the Least Economically Free Anymore

According to the Fraser Institute’s updated “Economic Freedom of the World” report, Ukraine has left the group of the most economically unfree countries. The report measures the level of support for economic freedom by countries’ institutions and policies in five areas: the size of government, the rule of law and the protection of property rights, sound money, the freedom of international trade, and the regulation of the labor market and business.


What Monetary Policy Changes Caused General Price Increase?

The wave of inflation that evolved after the pandemic suggests that increasing the quantity of money does not necessarily lead to economic prosperity. Typically, as the prices of some goods rise, the prices of other goods fall. However, the euro area faced a rapid general price increase. This paper examines the factors behind this growth in prices.
Liberales Institut:
Liberals are notoriously skeptical about the state’s ability to generate innovation. A new study on the potential of national innovation agencies puts these concerns into perspective – and makes the case for limited state activity.

Radovan Durana (INESS):

Poor Smoker: Tobacco Taxation in Slovakia

The need to consolidate public budgets is perhaps already evident, even to those political parties that have long perceived resources as limitless and freely available. Investors worldwide eagerly await opportunities to lend to debt-ridden Slovakia.

ELF & Liberte!:

Turning Point for Future of Europe [PODCAST]

In this episode of the Liberal Europe Podcast, Leszek Jażdżewski (Fundacja Liberté!) welcomes Bruno Maçães, a fellow at the Wilfried Martens Centre in Brussels and a former Minister of European Affairs in Portugal who represented his country in Brussels during the eurozone crisis, the first Ukraine war, and Brexit. They talk about the Russian war in Ukraine, the geopolitics of Eurasia, the future of European strategic autonomy, and global rules.
Olga Labendowicz