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International Affairs

Temporary jobs have long-term effects on European youth

Ask any economist what the greatest force undermining prosperity is, and he will answer with one word: uncertainty. But since economics is just human action, uncertainty hurts every aspect of peoples’ lives, upending their plans and delaying – or destroying – their dreams. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What is the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)?

On Wednesday, February 15, the European Parliament approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement abolishing most trade restrictions between the European Union and Canada. Negotiators hammered out the 1,600-page agreement over the course of seven years before Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and  European Council President Donald Tusk signed CETA last October 30. Continue Reading...

To avoid a demographic winter, Europe must understand human dignity

(Photo credit: Bev Sykes, CC BY 2.0) Like all of Europe, Poland is suffering from a steep demographic crisis. Despite a relatively large (European) population and an expansive land mass that serves as a bridge between Europe and Asia, Poland has a fertility rate lower than that of China – a nation that only recently relaxed its One-Child Policy. Continue Reading...

The EU: Where cronyism and virtue signaling meet

Despite persistent caricature, corporate titans do not always view government regulators as enemies; they often see them as unwitting collaborators. Big business and the regulatory state go hand-in-hand, according to Michael Gove, a Conservative Party Member of the UK’s Parliament. Continue Reading...

Does David Beckham have a moral obligation to get ‘soaked’?

Retired soccer legend David Beckham was denied knighthood in 2013 after British authorities flagged him for “tax avoidance,” according to a new story in the Telegraph. Beckham had invested in Ingenious Media, a company that supported the British film industry – and also allowed investors to write off their losses.  Continue Reading...

Paul Ehrlich brings his bad economics to Vatican

“People Near Train Station” by Redd Angelo (CC0 1.0) In a recent article, Kishore Jayablan of Istituto Acton addresses the controversy surrounding the Vatican’s invitation to Paul Ehrlich, a known population control activist and the author of the 1968 book The Population Bomb.  Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg on secularism in France

“François Fillon” by Thomas Bresson (CC BY 4.0) The influence of Christianity in the French political sphere has been gaining ground in recent months and may be of benefit to believers and non-believers alike according to Acton’s Samuel Gregg. Continue Reading...

How to destroy freedom – and how to recreate it

Action Institute – THE CRISIS OF LIBERTY IN THE WESTTHE BLOOMSBURY HOTEL * LONDON, UK In the West, we have no trouble conceiving of freedom as a means. Freedom, in this context, is defined as increased liberty to order my life with the maximum level of autonomy consistent with a well-ordered society. Continue Reading...