Monthly Archives: March 2015

Quel débat européen sur la liberté d’expression après Charlie Hebdo?

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Les jours suivant l’attaque djihadiste perpétrée contre ‘Charlie Hebdo’ le 7 janvier à Paris ont vu des fortes manifestation d’émotion et d’indignation contre ce qui a été largement vécu comme une attaque contre la liberté de critiquer la religion comme composante de la liberté d’expression. Ces manifestations ont pris une dimension européenne par la présence des dirigeants de presque tous les États Membres de l’ UE et surtout par le soutien des quotidiens et journalistes européens, exprimée par la reproduction des caricatures de Charlie Hebdo dans des nombreux journaux en Europe. Soudain les européens auraient pris conscience qu’une de leurs libertés fondamentales est en danger. Encore plus, ils seraient d’accord sur le fait qu’ils partagent une interprétation commune de la liberté d’expression qui s’étend au droit de critique de la religion et sur le fait de ne pas inscrire le droit de ne pas être choqué dans ses croyances dans le noyau de la liberté de culte.

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A Intra-EU flights tax: a possible source of revenue for the EU budget?

by: Ilyana Yasko, Ana Gurau, 16 March 2015

When assessing a tax initiative one must bear in mind that a good tax system should avoid imposing taxes with excess burden on a given citizen. It is for this reason that the issues of efficiency and equity should be given a thorough examination when considering the impact of introducing a new tax.

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The design of the tax affects the standard of living in different ways for various groups of society.

While assessing the proposal of introducing a tax on intra-EU flights to finance the EU budget, we should consider the issues that may arise as a result of designing this tax from the perspective of both efficiency and equity.

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What does the Italian government need to remain viable?

This post was written for the Winter Issue of the World Policy Journal, which is entitled “Europe Under Fire” and analyzed the struggle for unity in Europe. Each issue begins with the Big Question: an overarching question that frames the magazine and provides insight into the long form pieces to come. In this issue focusing on Europe, the Big Question was: “What does your government need to remain viable?”; They asked David about Italy; below his short answer.
In the same article “The Big Question: The Throes of an Identity Crisis”, you may also find the much more relevant commentary by Prof. Yanis Varoufakis on Greece.

Italy: In Need of Cultural Revolution

Italian stagnation is worrisome. Socioeconomic conditions are hardly sustainable, and the political opportunity to implement reforms in the immediate aftermath of the crisis has been wasted.

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