Monday 10. December 2018
Fundamental rights

EU: Universality of Rights and hierarchy of standards

European Union

While the United Nations Charter aims for the universal, effective respect of human rights, given the multiplicity of protection systems within both the United Nations and European organisations, the necessity of legal cohesion should be imposed on every judge.

Austerity from a human rights perspective

United Nations

Austerity measures exacerbated the negative human rights consequences of the 2008 financial crisis. Human rights impact assessments should become an integral part of economic policy-making, says Birgit Van Hout, from the UN Human Rights Office.

The Synod on Youth: what is its impact for young people in Europe?

Church in Europe

Annelien Boone is a director of the youth pastoral service in Flanders, and she represented all Belgian young people at the Synod on Youth in Rome. She talks to us of her experiences and of the impact for young Europeans.

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 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.

Internet Governance: how to put the person at the centre ?

European Commission

The internet is driving changes around the world, improving communications between people and driving the digital economy. Cristina Monti (DG Connect) explains how the EU Commisison intends to shape the evolution and use of the internet.

Citizens’ control of finance

European Union

Ten years after the financial crisis of 2008, and ten months before the European elections, the Secours Catholique-Caritas France organisation has published its report “Finance to Citizens”, in which it proposes an ambitious array of reforms designed to ensure that finance serves the public interest.

Catholics engaging in politics

Church in Europe

Italian Catholics were recently invited by Pope Francis to be more engaged in politics. Matteo Truffelli, President of the Azione Cattolica Italiana Movement, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, shares his thoughts on the need to engage in the common good in Europe.

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.

Christians in the European debate

Church in Europe

European Christian associations, coming together under the banner of IXE (The Initiative of Christians for Europe) are seeking to promote the reformulation of a vision for Europe. Philippe Segretain, who led the 2017 Session of the Semaines Sociales de France, sets out his thoughts.

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