Posts that will appear only on the SFL Europe Regional Blog Page

February 18, 2017

What Are The Limits To The Sharing Economy?

The sharing economy can be broadly defined as a set of economic activities that go beyond the traditional model where goods and services are directly supplied to consumers by specialized producers that use their own capital goods to supply them. The emergence of its elements has been one of the biggest economic stories of the recent years. Uber, Lyft and many other start-ups have disrupted the taxi markets, Airbnb has forever changed the set of alternatives that travellers face when choosing a place to stay for their trips, crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter have allowed people to more easily raise money for all kinds of projects. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Reddit, Tumblr and other social networks gave ordinary people the platforms to publish and evaluate all sorts […]
February 12, 2017

How Is Your Money Being Spent? – GSFL: DEFEND YOUR WALLET

This report was written by Local Coordinator Liza Katsiashvili. Georgian Students For Liberty’s latest campaign Defend Your Wallet! is dedicated to raising awareness about taxation and government spending. Because of low economic development, the Georgian government should refrain from high taxation and interference with the market. Unfortunately, the budget for 2017 doesn’t show any signs of restraint. The Georgian Students for Liberty team decided to launch this campaign in order to inform people about expedient government spending. On February 3rd, a second panel discussion took place, titled “How is your money being spent?” with Zurab Tchiaberashvili (a politician), Irakli Kiknavelidze and Salome Ugulava (both journalists) as speakers. Mr. Zurab Tchiaberashvili discussed several important problems, which are and will continue to be a threat to the Georgian […]
February 10, 2017

Three Misconceptions about Luxembourg

For many Europeans, the Grand-Duchy is a great question mark in the Western European landscape. It’s quite possible that if you’ve ever heard of it, people might have told you some very counterfactual things. I’m here to help. “Luxembourg is a tax haven” Every time I hear that I’m apparently living in a tax haven I need to double-check if people are talking about the same Luxembourg. It even gives me a good reason to go home to check out this mystical land in which nobody pays their taxes. What do we really pay? When it comes to income tax, the Luxembourgish government recently concluded a fiscal reform. The old system contained 19 different tax brackets, the maximal tax rate being 40 percent. In Luxembourg, the middle class consists […]
February 7, 2017

Freedom of the press in Serbia: A state of emergency

This article was written by Ratko Nikolić, president of the Center for Anti-Authoritarian Studies in Serbia.It is widely accepted that the freedom of the press is one of the fundamental prerequisites of a free society. Due to its crucial role in preventing power abuse and corruption by keeping the general public informed about the wrongdoings of their elected officials, it is often regarded as the fourth pillar of democracy. Following this logic, it goes without saying that attacking the media for simply doing their job or preventing them from doing it in any other way, is an attack against the very foundation of democracy itself. And yet, this phenomenon seems to be increasingly widespread throughout the Western Balkans region and Serbia in particular. According to the 2016 […]