This article was first published by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).
When asked how expensive a pack of cigarettes should be in order to reduce the general consumption of tobacco, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron responded, “I believe that €10 is an adequate price. I am ready for that.”
At first glance, conservatives might view the rise of Europe’s far-right like a refreshing counterbalance to years of socialism run amok. In truth, these reactionary parties endorse eerily similar economic policies as the left-wing they so despise. Fiscal conservatives need to recognize that the European right doesn’t reject the fundamentals of big government — they embrace it, making them more “faux-right” than actual right.
This article was first published by Freedom Today.
There’s only one more week to go until the first round of the French presidential election. With five major candidates and a total number of 11 running in this race, not only seems there to be diversity in the field, the continuous scandals make the run for the Elysée Palace as exciting as ever.
In a constitutional referendum on Sunday, the Turks overwhelmingly decided to make Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the incumbent president, a permanent dictator. That’s at least is the impression one gets when scrolling the headlines this morning. Does Turkey have a problem with authoritarian governing? Absolutely. Are the changes made in this referendum constitutionally worrying? Not really.
This article was first published by The American Conservative.
In September, Germans will head to the polls to elect a new parliament. One of the parties expected to enter the Bundestag for the very first time is the Alternative für Deutschland (or Alternative for Germany). Over the course of two years, as AfD has transitioned from an agenda of economic reform to one of nationalist populism, they have morphed into something resembling the American alt-right.