Category Archives: JEOletter Nr. 02 / July 2008

Editorial

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Editorial

Editorial

Ireland says ‘No’: So what?

The institutional settlement of the EU rather resembles a suburban commuter train – with (in London at least) many stops and almost as many delays – than a TGV which cuts journey times dramatically and brings closer together previously remote cities. After France and the Netherlands in 2005 it is now the turn of Ireland:  just one country out of the twenty-seven, but imbued with a special status because of the fact that this decision was decided by referendum rather than by Parliament. Continue reading

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Working together for Europe

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General Congregation 35

General Congregation 35

Working together for Europe:  something new after GC 35?
Mark Rotsaert

Perhaps the most important experience during the 35th General Congregation – except the election of the new General, Fr Adolfo Nicolás – was the deep experience that the Society of Jesus is one apostolic body. Of course, this not new, but we experienced it in a more profound way. We became more aware – more than before – that we are one apostolic body. The globalisation of our world helped us to become more aware of what we are! Continue reading

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Migrations – un point de vue belge

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Migration

Migration

La politique commune européenne en matière d’asile et de migrations. Un point de vue belge.
Jean Marie Faux

Les conclusions du Conseil européen de Tampere (octobre 1999) proclamaient la volonté des États membres d’élaborer une politique commune “pour les domaines distincts, mais étroitement liés, de l’asile et des migrations”. Le Conseil veut “faire de l’Union un espace de liberté, de sécurité et de justice”. Il précise que “la liberté, … ne doit pas être considérée comme une prérogative des seuls citoyens de l’Union”. Continue reading

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China’s role in Africa

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China

China

China’s role in Africa
Emmanuelle Devuyst

On the 23rd of April, the European Parliament adopted a non-legislative resolution on the topic of Chinese policy and its effects on Africa. The results of the vote are explicit: 618 votes in favor of the text, 16 against and 17 abstentions. The initiative report was tabled by Portuguese MEP Ana Maria Gomes, member of the Socialist European Party. Continue reading

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Christian organisations in the public forum

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Public forum

Public forum

Christian organisations in the public forum
Guido Dierickx

Paraphrasing Max Weber we can accept the statement that Christianity is on the whole an inner-worldly and eschatological religion. Its worldview promises a better future while challenging important features of the present. Sometimes this posture will be called progressive, sometimes conservative. What is not a matter of subjective appreciation is the basic position that the message should never be a conformist one. Continue reading

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Discovering the European Parliament

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European Parliament

European Parliament

Discovering the European Parliament
Rhiannon Price and Adrian Moore

In 2007-08, the Jesuit European Office has collaborated with the COMECE (the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the EU’ and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, in promoting an internship scheme at the European Parliament, to help form Christians well-equipped to be present in the world of politics. The two pioneers, Adrian Moore and Rhiannon Price, report on their experience: Continue reading

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From Strasbourg to Brussels

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From Strasbourg to Brussels

From Strasbourg to Brussels

Strasbourg: cercles de silence en solidarité avec les étrangers menacés d’expulsion
Gabriel Nissim

Cher Bruxelles,
Spectacle inhabituel, en ce soir de fin avril, sur la place principale, au cœur de Strasbourg : au milieu des allées et venues des nombreux passants, près de cinq cents personnes forment un grand cercle silencieux. Rien à voir, rien à entendre que cette présence recueillie, cet espace vide, où seuls se hasardent une fillette ou quelques pigeons, et au centre la petite flamme d’une lampe tempête, posée à même le sol, en signe d’espérance.
Après Toulouse qui a lancé le mouvement il y a quelques mois, les cercles de silence se sont répandus dans de nombreuses villes de France. Continue reading

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50 years ago

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50 years ago

50 years ago

Un premier jalon pour la Politique Agricole Commune
Claude Debbichi

On s’en souvient, l’objectif premier du Traité de Rome était d’ “établir les fondements d’une union sans cesse plus étroite entre les peuples européens” et d’ “assurer par une action commune le progrès économique et social en éliminant les barrières qui divisent l’Europe.”

Pour ce faire, la nécessité d’une mise en place progressive d’une Politique Agricole Commune a été inscrite dans le Traité (titre II, article 38 et suivants). La visée en était l’accroissement de la productivité agricole, l’accès à un niveau de vie équitable pour le monde agricole, la stabilisation des marchés et l’établissement d’une sécurité alimentaire à des prix raisonnables pour les consommateurs. Continue reading

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