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NO NANNY DEBATES

Armed with plain-packaged chocolate bars, #FreeToChoose t-shirts, and #NoNanny stickers and gear, Students For Liberty activists across Europe have been holding a series of debates and events on lifestyle regulation.

It’s all part of the #NoNanny campaign begun last year to highlight the many ways in which government interference into our lives affects our abilities to choose how we live, what we consume, eat, and more.

Thus far, events have been held in Brno, Czech Republic, Warsaw, Poland, Belgrade, Serbia, Reykjavík, Iceland, and Vilnius, Lithuania, including debates with government ministers, leaders from civil society and industry, and activists for lifestyle freedom.

 

Students have been engaged in all of these events and have sent a clear message that they don’t need a nanny telling them how to live their lives or what they should consume.

Students were able to get their hands on various swag and talk about lifestyle regulation in their own country.

Overview of Debates Thus Far

With six debates already completed (detailed here in full), we are planning at least five more in Maastricht, Netherlands, Passau, Germany, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Madrid, Spain, and Paris, France.

Debating parties included ministers of health, representatives from health NGOs, entrepreneurs, and several parliamentarians. These are proved to be prime opportunities to hand out our branded merchandise and reinforce the idea of lifestyle freedom.

SFL Serbia hosted its own debate entitled: “Alcohol and Tobacco: State or Personal Choice?”.

The debate was held just before winter break, but that didn’t stop dozens of students from taking part in this hot debate.

“Citizens should have the right to make all decisions concerning themselves. The State should not be a regulator which decides which behavior is acceptable and what isn’t,” said Rastko Petaković, a local attorney who argued for the individual action side.

His opponent was Slavica Đukić Dejanović, a current MP and former minister of health in the Serbian government.

REGULATE.EU

In order to gather contacts and spread general awareness, we launched the Regulate.eu quiz website last year.

Even more, several of our activists launched the #ThugLife picture contest, looking for pictures of absurd regulations being broken everyday.

Thousands of taxi drivers took to the streets in Portugal last month, demanding the Portuguese government stop their competitor Uber from operating in the country. Inês Gregório takes a look at the legal situation of Uber in Portugal, and the motivations of the regular taxi drivers for this mass protest.

Last month, Portugal was the stage of what is considered as the biggest protest of taxi drivers ever in the country. Around 6.000 taxis participated in a slow march against Uber, not just in Lisbon, but also in Oporto and Faro. With posters demanding to “Stop Uber” and claims such as “Illegal Uber is a national crime” on the windows of their taxis, drivers explained that all they want is “for Uber to stop operating”.

Uber poses a serious problem to them, by completely changing the ratio between the number of inhabitants and the number of taxi licenses available to transport them. In Portugal, the number of available licenses is limited to what is considered sufficient to transport the number of citizens in each region.

This argument on licenses was repeatedly used to argue against the operation of Uber: the existence of the company will always be an attack against taxis, because taxi drivers need to operate with licenses and with prices agreed with the state, and Uber does not.

The president of ANTRAL, the main association of taxi drivers in Portugal, argued that the law is on their side and accused the Portuguese government of being submissive to a multinational company just because of its dimension. According to ANTRAL, and to the Portuguese Institute of Mobility and Transports, the public transport of passengers in cars is only allowed by “taxi transportation”, requiring taxi-drivers to follow professional training and to be certified by this Institute.

However, in Portugal, Uber entered the market through a legal loop-hole by being a mere technological platform that does not employ or grant licenses to drivers, as has already been recognised by a member of the previous right-wing government. Uber works with partner companies that already operated in Portugal before and that are provided with the necessary legal licenses that allow the commercial transportation of passengers with a private driver.

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The second Tbilisi Leadership Forum organised by Georgian Students for Liberty and Young Liberals of Georgia, took place on 8-9-10 April, 2016. This year, the topic of the Leadership Forum was “How to run a successful pro-liberty student organization.”

The event, for which 30 bright-minded future leaders were chosen from up to 100 applicants, was held at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University – the oldest university in the country and one of the best universities in the whole Caucasus Region.

Tbilisi Leadership Forum has welcomed ESFL’s Regional Director of Caucasus Region Milica Costic, Peter Andreas Bochmann from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, and Elene Khoshtaria, a founder of GRASS, who gave an amazing speech about basics of liberalism, and many other brilliant Georgian speakers.

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 Job Title: Campaign Manager
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Serbia’s economy is taunted by bulks of unprofitable state owned enterprises, that inflict substantial costs to public finances. Ivan Lakićević investigates the Serbian governments mismanagement of these state owned enterprises, and takes a look at the political mechanisms that underly the states inability to fix them.

It has been more than twenty years since Serbia began the transition from planned to a market economy, which has yet to be brought to an end. Examples of socialist era heritage still troubling Serbia’s economy are numerous. State owned enterprises is one of them. There are roughly one thousand such enterprises in Serbia. The most common definition of state owned enterprises excludes all units which provide health care and educational services and is restricted to those which engage in a wide range of business activities such as public utilities, insurance, steel and medication production, mining, telecommunication. A large portion of these companies are in an appaling state – facing either huge losses or liquidity trouble, due to poor management and wasteful business decisions.

An analysis carried out in 2014 by the Fiscal Council, an independent state body dedicated to evaluating fiscal policy, revealed the bad shape many of state owned enterprises were in. Uncollected recievables due to selling to insolvent buyers, overstaffing and faulty business decisions ending in significant losses were not uncommon. Even those firms which were profitable faced falling market shares and liquidity problems, leading to lack of funds for investment. Given their state, urgent need for money meant that many of these enterprises could only rely on the government for aid. Granting numerous subsidies and debt guarantees, as well as tolerating unpaid taxes and contributions, inflicted substantial costs to public finances. These costs amounted to 3 percent of GDP in 2014, only aggravating Serbia’s deficit trouble. Other companies, privately and government owned, were afflicted by inability of state owned enterprises to settle their liabilities as well, which led to illiquidity spreading to the rest of the economy. The analysis also found that the total revenue of state owned enterprises did not correspond to the capital and means at their disposal, further revealing their inefficiencies.

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New politicians, old ideas

Source: Expansión

Spain will face new elections next month after its main political parties failed to form a government since the last elections in December. But Luis Pablo de la Horra doubts whether new elections will bring Spain the change it needs.

The December elections in Spain resulted in the end of the two-party system that had dominated the political arena for more than three decades. The traditional parties, socialists and conservatives, have seen their hegemony threatened by the emergence of two new players: Podemos and Ciudadanos.

Podemos, the leftist radical party inspired by Latin American populist movements, has undergone a successful political facelift with the aim of appealing to a larger segment of the electorate. This strategic move from the radical left towards social democratic positions has placed them on the verge of achieving the hegemony on the left, in hands of the Socialist Party for the last thirty years. In fact, it is not unlikely that the new elections planned for June (resulting from the inability of the four main parties to agree on the formation of a new government) entail the end of the Socialist Party as the predominant force on the left side of the political spectrum. In a way, the rise of Podemos in Spain resembles the emergence of Syryza in Greece: both moved from political irrelevance to becoming important political actors in a short period of time.

Ciudadanos, the liberal-democrat party that recently made the leap from regional into national politics, has placed itself in center of the political spectrum. In less than a year, Ciudadanos has become the fourth political force by introducing in the political debate the vague idea of regenerating the political institutions, which have been severely hit by the plague of corruption. In addition, they have made some timid proposals to try to fix the dysfunctional labor market that has led Spain to the second highest unemployment rate of the Eurozone, only behind Greece.

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Local Coordinator Program Manager

Students For Liberty (SFL) is a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, develop, and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty. Students For Liberty has grown rapidly across the globe in less than half a decade. Passionate volunteers supported by hard working and entrepreneurial staff have allowed SFL to constantly grow and expand while keeping the organizational structures as lean as possible.

now-hiring

The SFL team is passionate for liberty and shares SFL’s vision of social change and the importance of making the world a freer place. SFL team members go the extra mile in order to make sure that more students around the world can benefit from our programs and resources.

Working for SFL is similar to working at a tech startup. We pride ourselves on fast growth, hard work, quick advancement to a high degree of responsibility and autonomy, embracing entrepreneurship within the organization, and a passion for the product: liberty.


European Students For Liberty (ESFL), a region within SFL, is now looking for a Local Coordinator Program Manager who will work full-time on managing the 250+ SFL volunteer leaders in Europe, aiming to build a freer future.

The Program Manager will report to the European Programs Director. The Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing the Local Coordinator Program, working on leadership and skill-based trainings, keeping constant communication with hundreds of activists across Europe and serving as a role model to the incoming generations of pro-liberty activists. The Program Manager will have access to a vast network with hundreds of opportunities and the chance to present his ideas and guide new activists towards a freer society.

The position will be remote, but the selected candidate must be based and willing to travel in Europe.

esfl_conferenceQualities of an Ideal Candidate

  • Experience in volunteer management
  • At least 2 years of student organizing experience
  • Communication and soft skills
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Great people skills
  • Ability to be autonomous and self-starting
  • Strong leadership ability
  • International work experience
  • Full proficiency in English, preferably also in other languages
  • Bachelor Degree required

In addition to the compensation, we are strongly dedicated to ensuring our staff have the ability to grow and reach their full potential. To this end, we invest in training and professional development opportunities.

Application Process

Anyone interested in applying for ESFL’s Local Coordinator Program Manager position should submit a letter of motivation and CV to [email protected]. We will reach out to all candidates whose applications we wish to consider.

Events & Communications Associate

Students For Liberty (SFL) is a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, develop, and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty. Students For Liberty has grown rapidly across the globe in less than half a decade. Passionate volunteers supported by hard working and entrepreneurial staff have allowed SFL to constantly grow and expand while keeping the organizational structures as lean as possible.

now-hiring

The SFL team is passionate for liberty and shares SFL’s vision of social change and the importance of making the world a freer place. SFL team members go the extra mile in order to make sure that more students around the world can benefit from our programs and resources.

Working for SFL is similar to working at a tech startup. We pride ourselves on fast growth, hard work, quick advancement to a high degree of responsibility and autonomy, embracing entrepreneurship within the organization, and a passion for the product: liberty.


European Students For Liberty (ESFL), a region within SFL, is now looking for an Events & Communications Associate who will work full-time on executing the programs of SFL in Europe, aiming to build a freer future.

The Events & Communications Associate will report to the European Programs Director. The Associate will be responsible for executing local events and facilitating trainings for local leadership, as well as for working on our big conferences and primetime events. Also, the Associate will be tasked with communication facilitation within the vast volunteer network in ESFL.

The position will be remote, but the selected candidate must be based and willing to travel in Europe.

esfl_conferenceQualities of an Ideal Candidate

  • Experience in volunteer management
  • At least 2 years of student organizing
  • Experience in event organizing (large or small-scale events)
  • Communication and soft skills
  • Ability to be autonomous and self-starting
  • Strong leadership ability
  • International work experience
  • Full proficiency in English, preferably also in other languages
  • Bachelor Degree required

In addition to the compensation, we are strongly dedicated to ensuring our staff have the ability to grow and reach their full potential. To this end, we invest in training and professional development opportunities.

Application Process

Anyone interested in applying for ESFL’s Events & Communication Associate position should submit a letter of motivation and CV to [email protected]. We will reach out to all candidates whose applications we wish to consider.

The 2016-2017 European Executive Board of Students For Liberty

In the course of fulfilling our day-to-day tasks related to Students For Liberty and the broader liberty movement, it is often difficult to take a step back and reflect on the beauty and success of what we’ve created.

Whether in the wee hours of the night in meetings with colleagues, the long and arduous weekends at retreats and conferences that test the elasticity of the portions of our brains that memorize faces and names, or the endless weeks of toil that go into planning a long-term project or event, we are often so deeply imbedded in the execution of our work that we simply become blind to the totality of our accomplishments.

What makes Students For Liberty incredible is that hundreds, if not thousands, of young people around the world are working autonomously toward a goal that is defined more by its adherents than any envisioned plan. Our ranks are replete with ambitious and creative leaders who individually spin the wheels and beat the drums of liberty according to their own magic formula derived from local culture, knowledge, and skill. It’s from these individuals that anyone who calls themselves an SFLer derives their drive and passion for spreading the ideas of liberty.

Wolf von Laer, SFL’s Director of Professional Development, presents to the European Executive Board

Many of us began in this movement and this organization with an insignificant piece of the puzzle in hand. Since then, thanks to our model of training and operation, we’ve been able to learn, to grow, to strive, and to prosper. We’ve become professionalized and articulate. We have the ability to mentor others. We’re now architects for building popular support for the ideas of libertarianism and classical liberalism. We’ve gone from small-time tabling on our campuses to managing weekend-long conferences with hundreds of students who want to carry on the work of spreading freedom.

I write these words because I believe it is vital, in the course of our work, to iterate exactly why Students For Liberty is exceptional when compared to any other movement and organization in the world.

This past weekend, I took part in my fourth European Executive Board retreat in Gummersbach, Germany. As such, I’ve seen generations of leaders come and go since, and a unique spirit renewed and relaunched each and every time.

Selfie time with ESFL Executive Board Chairman Eyð Áradóttir Hammer.

More than ever, the new Executive Board, led by chairman Eyð Áradóttir Hammer, was gushing with new ideas and initiatives, fueled by the desire to educate, develop, and empower their colleagues across the continent.

They engendered spontaneous action and plotted the course for spreading liberty over the next year, acting on the principles SFL has instilled in each one through our training programs over the years.

These fine individuals are carrying the torch of freedom handed down from previous generations of leaders who laid the foundation for our model of ideas-based activism.

It was a wonderful exchange of ideas and stern commitments to put those into action. I am entirely optimistic convinced that these visions and projects will be realized in due time. And that will be because of the beautiful and successful model many individuals worked tirelessly to perfect since the dawn of SFL.

I’m ecstatic to be a part of this organization and have big hopes about the future of SFL over the course of the next few months, and the next few years.

Let’s give it up for the 2016-2017 European Executive Board of Students For Liberty!

Executive Board Members: Chairman Eyð Áradóttir HammerMarie HemelrijkJitte AkkermansUmberto StentellaMariam GogolishviliBruno Pinela DelgadoSlobodan FranetaKevin Flanagan CoombesMerima Bećirović, Carlos Tuñón Sanz, Christophe André, Ingvar Smári Birgisson, Lia JanelidzeIvan Bertović, Ilia Meshvildishvili, Kotryna Tamkutė, Krzysztof Kowalski, Katarzyna Cyrbus, Michal ŠindlářDaniel Issing, Jan TichýLuca Bertoletti

Open Europe is one of the leading independent think tanks carrying out cutting edge research on everything to do with reform of the EU: on subjects ranging from environmental policy to defence, from farming policy to the democratic deficit. They have offices in London and Brussels and make the case for free trade, free markets and the decentralisation of powers back to the member states.

Open Europe is looking for an intern to join the research team in Brussels from September 2016 on. Only expenses will be covered. You will work on short briefings for journalists, and longer pieces of public policy research. The role involves media monitoring, contact with journalists and original investigative research; these internships have occasionally led to full time positions in previous years.

You should have or expect to gain a master degree and must have very good English language skills and proficiency in several foreign languages.  Applications from all subjects are welcome: a background in politics, history or economics is typical but not essential. Candidates with German and/or French are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must share Open Europe’s objectives, and can expect to work in a robust but fun small team environment.

Contact         

Please send a CV and covering letter, explaining why you want to work for Open Europe, and a 200 words opinion statement on what you think is the best solution for the eurozone’s problems to Pieter Cleppe at[email protected]

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