Emanuele Martinelli, Young Voices' Italy Lead, wrote this article for L'Eco di Milano e Provincia, an Italian regional newspaper.
Ricardo Filipe, Young Voices' Portugal Lead, wrote this article for Observador, a Portuguese newspaper.
Jason Reed, Young Voices' global projects manager, wrote this article for L'Opinion, a French newspaper.
Gesine Weber, a Young Voices contributor, wrote this article for pan-European news website EURACTIV about EU defence policy.
Alberto Gómez, Young Voices' Spain Lead, wrote this article for Libre Mercado, a Spanish newspaper.
Máté Hajba, Young Voices' Hungary Lead, wrote this article for Jelen, an online magazine.
Young Voices Europe aims to lift up the voices of young people across the continent who believe in liberty.
The post-Brexit era is taking shape and the European Union continues to grow its own regulatory powers. National governments across Europe are inflating their power through large tax burdens and nanny statism. Meanwhile, threats from China and Russia loom large and ordinary people are struggling with inflation and the cost of living.
We want to stoke debate and encourage fresh, innovative thinking around key policy issues including free trade, the cost of living, consumer freedom, and the environment.
In the aftermath of the pandemic, states are lurching toward trade nationalism. From harsh tariffs to regulatory trade barriers, governments are erecting all kinds of obstacles to free trade, which comes at the expense of consumers, who find themselves with restricted access to the market.
As inflation takes hold and the cost of household bills skyrockets, families across Europe are worried about paying their bills. Increased state intervention and higher rates of taxation are only making the problem worse.
On lifestyle issues like food, alcohol and smoking, the nanny state in Europe is booming. Politicians are taking more and more control of people’s lives and damaging public health outcomes through policies like sugar taxes and anti-vaping restrictions.
As energy bills shoot up across Europe, we are at a crossroads in our environmental policy. We must decide how to move on from fossil fuels, whether to invest in renewables, the best route to diversifying our energy sources, and what role nuclear power plays in our national energy portfolio.
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