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A Partial Retreat



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The history of Estonia’s remarkable recovery from a half a century of Soviet rule has been one of the more inspiring stories in Eastern Europe over the last fifteen years. Sadly, Estonia’s (perfectly understandable) decision to join the EU has meant that it has had to abandon some of the free market principles that have served it so well.

Johan Norberg has more:

“Estonia, one of the world’s most liberal countries, which had abolished all its tariffs and completely deregulated agriculture, has since 1999 been forced to implement more than 10 000 EU tariffs.”

So much for progress.

Via North Sea Diaries




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