It is Pope Francis, a non-European, who bluntly states that there is a clear European identity. This is an affirmation that will surprise more than one European! At a time when Europe is looking for a new lease of life, it may be worthwhile to be inspired by what an outsider detects in our own history.
While receiving the Charlemagne Prize on 6 May 2016, Pope Francis invited us to dare to dream of a new Europe. For him this means moving from a cash-based economy to a social economy, a project which could instil enthusiasm in the younger generation and for which he looked for support from the Church. Is this project Utopian or could it be achieved?
On 24 October 2016, the European Commission held its annual dialogue seminar with the Christian churches, entitled “Migration: Mapping and addressing fear”. The Hungarian sociologist of religion, András Máté-Tóth of the University of Szeged, gave one of the two keynote speeches. We set out here an abridged, slightly redacted text of his address.
After ignoring Catholic voters for almost the entire election cycle, themediahas finally woken up and recognized that they are important, just a few weeks ahead of the US elections on November 8, 2016.
The Europe-wide debate on the banning of the burqa has divided public opinion. Christian Rutishauser, Provincial of the Swiss Jesuits, poses some fundamental questions about what religious symbols stand for.
Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) is a secular non-profit association. It is the only European network of charities and conservation departments of governmental, religious and university institutions, and other professionals who work to protect religious heritage buildings across Europe. Interview with Lilian Grootswagers, FRH Council Secretary.
The EU Commission together with the EMCDDA will launch the European Drug Report 2017, providing a comprehensive analysis of recent trends in the drug situation in Europe.
> 7 June The EU Commission is expected to publish a Reflection Paper on the Future of the European Defence by 2025.
> 7 June The EU Commission is expected to publish the Implementation of the EU Global Strategy: Communication on efforts to foster state, economic, environment/climate and social resilience in thirds countries.
> 15-16 June A high-level event on EU Arctic Policy will be held in Oulu, Finland.