June 13, 2018 Print

Neither populism nor paternalism have to be in Europe’s future. 4liberty.eu has published the eighth issue of its biannual journal, 4liberty.eu Review — titled “Freedom, It’s Personal” — to aid in reversing these trends. 4liberty.eu is a network of 15 think tanks from Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, and the 4liberty.eu website is a platform where intellectuals and experts advance liberty, free markets, the rule of law, and property rights. Members of the network promote classical liberalism in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Georgia.

Celebrating the release of a previous 4liberty.eu journal.

This eighth issue of the Review focuses on the current state of personal freedom in Central and Eastern Europe, and includes perspectives on freedom of the press, the rule of law, paternalism, social media, and religious freedom. Publications are in English in order to provide local knowledge and outlooks from CEE thinkers to a wide international audience, and the journal is coordinated by Atlas Network partner “Fundacja Liberté!

“It is our job to ensure not only that our personal freedoms are respected by others, but also that we ourselves know their value and power,” says Olga Łabendowicz, editor-in-chief of 4liberty.eu Review. “We felt that it was our responsibility to devote the latest issue to personal freedoms in the region. We hope that closely following and drawing our attention to the recent developments in this regard will help us safeguard our personal freedoms, because protecting them is our job. It is personal.”

Contributors to the latest issue of 4liberty.eu Review include Marek Tatała of the Civil Development Forum (FOR) in Poland, Ivan Bregov of the Institute for Market Economics in Bulgaria, and Admir Čavalić of Association “Multi” in Bosnia and Herzegovina, all of which are Atlas Network partner organizations. The content editor of the eighth issue was Tanja Porčnik of the Visio Institut in Slovenia, which is also an Atlas Network partner.

Civil Development Forum Vice President and Economist Marek Tatała, who is an alumnus of Atlas Network's Leadership Academy.

In his article, “Personal Freedoms under Ongoing Transition from Totalitarianism to Democracy: The Case of Bulgarian Judiciary,” Bregov presents the trajectory of Bulgaria as a post-communist state, focusing primarily on the current conflicts between Bulgarian authorities and the judiciary. He argues that the judiciary must achieve further independence, otherwise “…any external force (another person or the state itself) is able to deprive [Bulgarian citizens] of their rights.”

4liberty.eu continues to expand its audience. The LEO Express, an open-access train operator in the Czech Republic, has made the 4liberty.eu Review available to passengers. “We have decided to support the 4liberty.eu network because they are promoters of the free market,” says Daniel Netrval of the LEO Express. “This is exactly what we support. We want a liberalized, open railway.”

Dr. Daria Hejwosz-Gromkowska examines religious freedom in “Freedom, State, and Religious Education: In Search of Common Ground.” She draws a distinction between freedom of religion and freedom from religion, both of which liberal states provide. “When religion is removed from public discourse altogether, citizens are deprived of the freedom to define themselves by the means of religion,” concludes Hejwosz-Gromkowska. “The same happens when only one ‘true’ religion is imposed on whole societies or states. In such a case, an individual is not left with much choice.”

Read "Freedom, It's Personal" here.

Members of 4liberty.eu at a previous network meeting.