Saturday 19. August 2017
Editorials

Hopes for the Estonian Presidency of the European Union

European Council

In the face of Estonia assuming the half-yearly Presidency of the Council for the European Union on the 1 July, Mgr Phillipe Jourdan, bishop of Tallin, shares his thoughts with us.

France chooses Europe

European Union
Emmanuel Macron, France's independent presidential candidate, waves while speaking to supporters after the first round of the French presidential election in Paris on April 23, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Christophe Morin.

The European anthem “Ode to Joy” resounded as newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron walked into the Louvre courtyard to address his supporters. In Brussels, this election result was greeted with huge relief.

50 years after Populorum Progressio

Church in Europe

Mgr Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of Justice and Peace Europe, and a delegate of COMECE shares his perspective after attending a congress organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

The European Union - drawing on its past to confront its future

Martin Maier

On 25 March the European Union Heads of State or Government met in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties and to set in motion a new process of reflection on the future of the EU 27.

Reflections on the Maltese EU Presidency

Church in Europe

Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union offers the Church the opportunity to revitalize faith in the European project, says the Archbishop of Malta Charles J. Scicluna.

You shall not tell lies!

Martin Maier

The spread of fake news has made truth and lies an urgent topic of political and social debate.

Fighting polarisation and misuse of the refugee crisis

COMECE

This year’s meeting between the EU and high level religious leaders was devoted to the theme “Migrations, Integration, European values: from words to action”. The following is taken from the speech of Mgr. Jean Kockerols in which he explained his interpretation of the Catholic Church’s position on the migrant crisis.

The US elections – a rude awakening in Europe

Martin Maier sj

The election of Donald Trump as the future 45th US President took place on 9 November, 27 years to the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Does it herald a comparable cataclysm in world politics?

Through the eyes of the poor

Michael Kuhn

For its Plenary Assembly from 26 to 28 October 2016, COMECE has chosen to examine the complex issue of poverty in Europe.

Uprooted children

Martin Maier

At the beginning of September, the United Nations’ children’s fund Unicef presented the report “Uprooted”. Its shocking message was that there are almost 50 million displaced children and young people worldwide, with 28 million of these fleeing from terror and violence.

Steering by sight

European Union

After Brexit, the leaders of Germany, France and Italy met together twice this summer, first in Berlin and then on Ventotene Island. Their aim: to chart a new course for the European Union.

Agenda

>17 July
The Commission will present its 2017 review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe. This year's edition will focus on the issue of intergenerational fairness.
 
>24 July
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) will bring together economic and financial ministers from all EU member states in order to review EU economic policies, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
 
>17-18 July
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Brussels. Member States’ ministers responsible for fisheries and agriculture will participate in order to discuss issues relating to agriculture and fisheries, including food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health.
 
>31 July – 11 August
COMECE headquarter in Brussels will be closed.
 
28 – 31 August
The European Parliament’s Committees will take place in order to prepare the legislative work for Parliament's plenary.

 

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