Europe

Nationalism Is Rising in Poland, and It’s Undermining the Market Reforms That Followed the Fall of Communism

Poland owes its economic success to capitalist reforms—but the current government has stopped privatizations and is pursuing a policy of redistribution.

Sweden Isn’t Socialist

For years, I've heard American leftists say Sweden is proof that socialism works, that it doesn't have to turn out as badly as the Soviet Union or Cuba or Venezuela did. But that's not what Swedish historian Johan Norberg says in a new documentary and Stossel TV...

Europe Deregulates Travel, Railroad and Bus Markets

A transport revolution is occurring all around Europe thanks to deregulation measures by the EU and national governments, which makes it increasingly possible for private businesses to enter railway and bus markets and make it evident that transportation doesn’t have to be – or better said, shouldn’t be, a public good provided by the state.

A Post-Brexit World

The recent vote within the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union has implicitly once again raised the issue of the right of self-determination through secession. In other words, do individuals have a right to determine under which political authority they shall live and have representation?

Brexit: Good For Britain if It Leads To More Freedom

British companies can even outperform those outside of the EU—if the British government does not compromise on the principle of liberty. That is the big ‘if.’ But the Brexit has opened up a huge opportunity for a freer, more prosperous Britain.

How Lithuania Helped Take Down The Soviet Union

The Lithuanians had been at the vanguard in the movement for freedom in the Soviet Union. They had elected a non-communist government in free elections, had declared their national independence from Soviet rule, and strongly affirmed their intention of reversing a half-century of socialist central planning through privatization and free market reforms.

Before Saying, “I Support France,” Please Read This

Unless or until you start to rethink your stance, you have no business expressing compassion towards the victims of people in attacks whose perpetrators – knowingly or not – you aid and support via your positions.

The Causes of the Greek Economic Tragedy—and the Capitalist Cure

New headlines and news stories about Greece’s looming economic collapse appear daily. This weekend, the National Post has a series of articles on the theme “Greece on the brink.” Some point the finger at the country’s political leadership: “The negotiation game:...

Europe’s Antitrust Assault on Google

Since people can search through other sources besides Google, it is not at all clear why Google cannot run its own operation for its own benefit, while others run their operations for their own benefit.

Greek Problems Born from Socialism

The real issue is whether Greece’s decades-long experiment with failed debt-financed socialism will be allowed to survive much longer.

France and the UK Could Be the Lynchpins of Europe

Over the past two months, Europe's problems seem to have disappeared from the headlines. However, the new French Socialist government is pushing ahead with policies that favor significantly higher government spending, greater regulation of business and commerce, and...

Germany Loses to Italy, Again

Poll after poll makes it perfectly clear that the German people have no interest in exposing their hard-earned savings to the ravages of unending bailouts and currency debasement.

European Leaders Play With Fire

The world economy today stands at the doorstep of great change. A gathering crisis looms in Europe, splitting the Continent into two competing blocs. While leaders there face off against one another in a high stakes game of chicken, the rest of the world powerlessly...

Bail Out Europe? How About Stopping the Insanity?

Many are saying that the United States should bail out European economies. The rationale is self-interest. “If European economies go under, then the U.S. will go with them.” If the U.S. was not making the same kind of mistakes that European economies have been making,...

Now France Has a Socialist President Too

France now has something in common with the United States: A Socialist President. Welcome to the club, France! Not that this represents a big change. The last president of France was nothing more than a corrupt guardian of that country’s massive entitlement and...