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Liberty in Turkey: Past and Present

While covering demonstrations in Istanbul recently to mark the anniversary of the Gezi protests, correspondent Ivan Watson was shoved, kicked, and briefly detained during a live broadcast on CNN International. Unfortunately this illustrates all too well the deterioration of civil liberties in Turkey over the past year.


The 2014 European Resource Bank

hight_577The 2014 European Resource Bank will be held in Aix-en-Provence, France, June 27-29, 2014. Save the date !

Right after the European Elections, representatives of European free-market think tanks will join in Aix-en-Provence to reflect upon the consequences of the electoral relsults for the future of Europe and which new strategies should be implemented to change the climate of ideas towards more reforms, more accountability and more pro-growth policies.

In a time of never-ending crisis, fresh ideas on how to save European economies are urgent.

Registrations and program will be soon available on http://europeanresourcebank.com/.


Gary S. Becker, In Memoriam

Professor Gary S. Becker passed away on May 3 at the age of 83. Although his legacy in the social sciences is immense — his mentor, Milton Friedman, called Becker “the greatest social scientist who has lived and worked in the last half century”– one should not overlook his defense of freedom.


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 A Lesson in Non-Reform

Is the future of Europe at stake in Paris these days? The country seems to be unable to rectify its deficit trajectory, endangering the European Union, given its size. The European Commission recently put France under close watch. With a soaring debt at 94 percent of GDP, record unemployment levels and a share of public spending in the GDP at a staggering 57 percent, the country has clearly become the sick man of Europe.


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BonoOn July 15 2013, Bono, the Irish rock star, lead singer for U2, and international human-rights activist, was made Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. Perhaps he could take the opportunity to teach the French Parliament a lesson in sound economics. The Parliament is discussing yet another socialist law, this one to bar profitable companies from closing factories...