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Friedrich Naumann (1860-1919)

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Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia Conference 2015

The philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) involves making a pivotal choice to focus on the goal of happiness over that of achieving wealth. This has allowed a country like Bhutan to adopt a balanced approach to development that places as much importance on the economy and environment as it does on culture and governance. […]

Visit of FNF Regional Director to Indonesia

Mr. Siegfried Herzog, FNF Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia arrived in Indonesia on Thursday (3/9), for an official visit to Jakarta. On Friday (4/9), accompanied by Mr. Moritz Kleine-Brockhoff, Resident Representative FNF Indonesia, Mr. Herzog visited the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia and had a meeting with […]

FNF Indonesia signs MoU with Ministry of Law and Human Rights

The Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom in Indonesia and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, formalizing cooperation until 2017. FNF and the Ministry will work together to promote Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights. On behalf of the Government of Indonesia Mr. Ambeg Paramarta, […]

What’s up with the Greek crisis? Concerns from Asia

by Siegfried Herzog, Regional Director Southeast and East Asia, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Greece and the rest of the European Union countries face an unprecedented showdown these days. The outcome might well affect the world economy to some extent and will thus impact on Asia in one way or the other due to the […]

Freedom Barometer Asia 2014 released

It is our distinct pleasure to introduce to you the Freedom Barometer Asia 2014. It is now the fifth consecutive year that we release the Freedom Barometer in its current form and we are proud that our publication has evolved into a recognised assessment of freedom in Southeast and East Asian countries. Our belief is […]

Using the European experience in ASEAN

What lessons can the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is about to embark on establishing a common market by the end of 2015, learn from the European Union? This burning question was brought to the European capital Brussels by seven delegates from different ASEAN member states, 17.-20.11.2014. The visit was entitled “Development […]

Malaysiakini: 15th Anniversary and Launch of New Office Building @Kini

Malaysiakini celebrated their 15th anniversary with a spectacular launch of their new office building, dubbed @Kini, in Petaling Jaya near Kuala Lumpur. The building was partly funded by 1,040 donors, who participated in a ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign with the slogan “Let’s build something great together!”. Each participant has a brick inscribed with their name […]

Globalization and Inequality

by Dr. Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput In the well-known ancient Indian parable, several blind men touch an elephant to learn what it is like. The one who feels a leg thinks an elephant is like a pillar. The one who feels the tail thinks it is like a rope. Another who feels the trunk thinks it is […]

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