We need more debate about the sustainability of our civilisation, about the new model of progress not limited to only material values.
Frank Turner SJ
Thus in the USA, many states contribute far more to the federal level than they receive from it, whereas others need significant net support. The system copes without quasi-Thatcherite cries of ‘I want my money back’.
We are currently at the centre of a major change in the political system in Europe. The European Council meeting of 28-29 June could well mark a turning point in the history of our continent.
European Court of Human Rights
Approximately 150,000 cases sit on the desks of the European Court of Human Rights, waiting for a decision.
The European Parliament has elected its President for the next two-and-a-half years.
Twenty years after Maastricht, the twin treaties on the European Stability Mechanism and on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union, negotiated under pressure of the debt crisis, represent important steps towards the necessary consolidation of the European Union.
On 1 April the big day will finally be here! That is the date on which the Regulation on the European Citizens’ Initiative will enter into force.
Frank Turner SJ
When partnerships are under strain, facing a crisis may either bring people together or deepen divisions.
Jacques Delors denounced the origins of the euro crisis in his acceptance speech when receiving his honorary Doctorate at the Catholic University of Paris on 24 November. Some extracts of his speech are given below.
Sylvie Goulard is an MEP (ALDE-France) and member of the European Parliament’s standing committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.
The European Summit of 8-9 December produced two sets of conclusions. The first, which was somewhat rather static, with all 27 signatures, then a second set with 26 signatures that opens up a new dynamic for the future of Europe.