Monday 20. September 2021

Europe in 2012: The second decade

European Union

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.

Economic turmoil and European politics

Frank Turner SJ

Politicians are in disarray over the Euro as European electorates send contradictory signals.

The social market economy under new threat

Frank Turner SJ

Social protection instruments are essential so that ‘a dignified standard of living can be guaranteed to all citizens’. Part of the purpose of government is to ensure these and the obligation bears on the EU itself, not only on Member States.

Solidarity as a principle of the European Union

Church in Europe

This crisis goes back a long way, and if we blame ourselves for anything, it could be for not noticing it early enough and not exposing the destructive elements which have found their way into what in those days we still called our community.

Solidarity and Responsibility

European Council

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.

Corporate Social Responsibility and the tradition of Catholic Social Thought

Church in Europe

The recent report of the European Commission on Corporate Social Responsibility resonates with the innovative postulates of ‘Caritas in Veritate’.

Joint value-added tax system: Quo vadis?

European Commission

Within the scope of the fundamental renewal of the value-added tax system, the European Commission is planning measures to make the system simpler, more efficient and better protected against fraud. Tax exemptions for non-profit organisations and reduced tax rates are also being examined closely.

Divisions in the EU

Frank Turner SJ

When partnerships are under strain, facing a crisis may either bring people together or deepen divisions.

European Commission focuses on social entrepreneurship

European Commission

“Social business is a good example of an approach to business that is both responsible and contributes to growth and jobs.”, according to European Commissioner Michel Barnier.

Solidarity and responsibility: the two pillars of a new economic order for Europe

Church in Europe

While the economic crisis is hitting Europe where it hurts most and as more and more voices are being raised to denounce the capitalist economic system, COMECE’s bishops set out their vision of a social market economy.

The Single Currency, a tool providing spiritual momentum for European unification

European Union

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.


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