Articles by Marian Tupy

Brussels Will Lose Moral Authority on Democracy

The leaders of 27 member states of the European Union met this month in Lisbon, Portugal, to sign a new constitutional treaty that will, they hope, replace the previous draft that was rejected in 2005. With his typical penchant for... Read More

'Rule By Decree' - One More Step on Chavez's Road to Serfdom

Hugo Chavez came one step closer to becoming a full-fledged dictator on January 17. As the Associated Press reported, "Venezuelan lawmakers gave their initial approval to a bill granting President Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for... Read More

Who Needs Government?

The Czech Republic, which held general elections in June, still has no government. Judging by the atmosphere of mistrust between the main political parties, it is unlikely that the Czechs will have a government anytime soon. Five months later, the... Read More

Europe's New Religion

The leaders of the 25 member states of the European Union will meet in the Finnish city of Lahti next month to discuss the future direction of the bloc. The defeat of the proposed constitutional treaty by Dutch and French... Read More

Path to Prosperity

On May 1, 2004, eight ex-communist countries joined the European Union. Time will show whether EU membership will improve or harm their economic prospects, but 17 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is clear that economic transition... Read More

The Miracle of Cuban Healthcare?

"Newsnight", as the cognoscenti of British politics know, is one of the most popular and highly regarded news programs in Great Britain. Airing on BBC2 every weeknight at 10.30, the program is known for its hard-hitting interviews and thorough, if... Read More

British Revolution

Last month, Andrew Mitchell, Britain's shadow secretary for international development, proposed a Pan-African Trading Area (PATA) that would see a reduction and, hopefully, elimination of import tariffs between African states. PATA is a good idea, but it would requ Read More

The 18 Percent Solution

Much of the world's media portrayed the victory of the socialist party SMER in the Slovak elections on Saturday as the voters' rejection of the free market reforms pursued by the current center-right government. The Financial Times, for example, wrote... Read More

Don't Harmonize, Liberalize

Estonia is a poster child for the success of economic transformation in post-communist Europe. Liberalizing measures undertaken by successive Estonian governments have given the country high growth rate and brought the Estonian standard of living closer to that in Read More

South African Shame

On May 26, South African government denied political asylum to Roy Bennett, the outspoken critic of Zimbabwe's ruler Robert Mugabe and former member of that country's Parliament. Bennett fled to South Africa in April 2006 to escape incarceration on trumped-up... Read More

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