Monday 23. July 2018
External Policy

Pope Francis and international climate policy

Martin Maier sj

The withdrawal of the USA from the Paris global climate agreement of December 2015 has caused a severe setback to international climate policy. It makes the long-term aims of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato sí, all the more important.

A ban on circumcision?

Iceland

A draft law that proposes a ban on circumcision was presented to the Icelandic parliament before ultimately being withdrawn. However, similar proposals are being considered in several regions of Europe. This would be a violation of the European and international laws ensuring religious freedoms, according to Grégor Puppinck.

Towards a world free from nuclear weapons

Holy See

In the context of recent developments in the area of EU security and defence, some deliberations have put forward the idea of developing an “EU nuclear bomb”. Norbert Mette, Emeritus Professor for Practical Theology and member of peace movement Pax Christi, is arguing together with Pope Francis for a general ban on nuclear weapons.

Europe and Israel – exchanges between a rabbi and a diplomat

European Union

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is still a major inflection point for imbalance in the Middle East.

"Africa needs a boost of democracy and good governance"

European Parliament

Cécile Kyenge was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is an MEP for the Italian Partito Democratico. She replies to questions from Johanna Touzel about the progress made at the recent EU-AU (African Union) Summit.

The Bulgarian EU Presidency

Mgr Proykov

A decade after its accession to the EU, Bulgaria is taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time. “For our country it is a great challenge and a great responsibility” says Mgr Proykov. Bulgaria chose its national motto:"United we stand strong" as the motto of its first EU Presidency.

Europe: peace is first and foremost a struggle

European Union

For Bernard Phillippe, there is an urgent need to challenge religious traditions, to illicit from them what they might bring to the service of conflict resolution and the building of more active coalitions which serve peace.

Perhapsburg: Reflections on the Fragility and Resilience of Europe

European Union

To avoid disintegration, the EU must recognize that the refugee crisis has dramatically changed the nature of democratic politics argues Ivan Krastev in the following adapted text taken his book After Europe.

The religious landscape in Europe

Religions

Yasemin El-Menouar of the Bertelsmann Foundation examines the topic of religion across Europe.

Is multiculturalism in Azerbaijan a valuable model ?

Azerbaijan

Could the Azerbaijani model of multiculturalism - consisting of strong state policies which intend to engage civil society - teach Europe about ways to protect minorities without compromising the values of the majority of the population?

An interview with three bishops from England and Wales

EU Commission

What are the pressing concerns of UK Catholic bishops in relation to current questions regarding Europe? Henry Longbottom SJ met with three bishops to find out.

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