Saturday 17. November 2018
External Policy

Albania: why do we want to be part of Europe?

European Union

The Council of the EU has agreed to open membership negotiations with Albania in June 2019. The Bishop of Rrëshen, Mgr Gjergj Meta, explains why the Albanians want to become part of the EU at a time when the UK is preparing to leave.

1918, a phony end to the war

European Union

Reconciliation between peoples was made difficult by the magnitude of the losses, with 10 million dead. What role did the Catholic church play in the peace efforts?

The disruptions of 1918 for the populations of Eastern Europe

European Union

Antoine Arjakovsky believes it is necessary to pool memories in order to truly bring peace after the wounds inflicted by the conflict in Europe, especially in the east.

The humanitarian consequences of War

ICRC
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The Great War is still perceived today as a sheer military confrontation. However, it largely affected the civilian populations too and profoundly changed the nature of humanitarian activities.

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A draft law that proposes a ban on circumcision was presented to the Icelandic parliament before ultimately being withdrawn.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.

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