Category Archives: JEOletter Nr. 04 / January 2009

Editorial

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Editorial

Editorial

If only the interest in our common future as Europeans would be as great as it is in our past… This was one of the first thoughts that came to my mind when the freshly opened “Europeana” website annouced its breakdown due to over 10 million hits an hour on 20 November, the day of its launch.
What is the “Europeana” about? In April 2005 six Eu members states appealed to the EU institutions to create an European electronic library in order to connect national projects at a new level. Continue reading

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Elections to the European Parliament

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Elections

Elections

Elections to the European Parliament
José Ignacio García Jiménez

The financial crisis has recently dominated the media’s political coverage, and has relegated the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament (EP) to a much lower priority. The elections will take place between the 4th and 7th of June. Every member state may determine the precise date of the election and its specific processes: but in every case the right to vote is assured to all citizens over 18 years of age, without discrimination on grounds of gender and the principle of proportional representation applies. Continue reading

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International Advocacy Workshop

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Advocacy workshop

Advocacy workshop

International Advocacy Workshop
Frank Turner

This workshop was convened by a group of Jesuit-related organisations: Alboan, the Centre for of Liberation Theologies of the Catholic University of Leuven, Entreculturas, OCIPE, the Jesuit Social Justice Secretariat in Rome, and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). This group had first come together at the ‘Ignatian Family Encounter’ which preceded the World Social Forum in Nairobi, January 2007, where the ideas elaborated in the workshop first began to take shape. Continue reading

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Le gaz et le pétrole

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Natural gas

Natural gas

EU et Russie : associés-rivaux pour le gaz et le pétrole
Henri Madelin

Nombre d’Européens pressentent que, pour refonder l’Europe aujourd’hui, il faudrait reprendre la grande intuition de Robert Schuman et Jean Monnet lorsqu’ils ont lancé la communauté du charbon et de l’acier. Ils rêvent de s’inspirer de cet esprit pour fusionner les intérêts communs des 27 en matière de gaz et de pétrole. Le projet est séduisant mais il n’est pas encore mûr dans la conjoncture actuelle. Continue reading

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Sunday off from work

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Free Sunday

Free Sunday

Alliances for a “Sunday off from work”
Gabriele Kienesberger, Coordinator of the Alliance for a “Sunday off from work” in Austria

The Sunday in its diversity, variety and consistency is not comparable to any other day in its value for the individual life-design of citizens. The Sunday is part of the cultural and social tradition in many European countries. The aspect of rhythm assumed with the Sunday conveys orderliness to people and communities. A state of social and temporal synchronisation will be achieved by establishing the same weekly “day off from work” for everybody. Continue reading

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Why Christians engage in politics

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Political debate

Political debate

Why Christians feel obliged to engage in politics, part II
Guido Dierickx

1. Every religion attempts to relate our daily reality to the ultimate reality that many call “God”. It does so in order that our daily reality will be transformed and healed and that man will discover a higher meaning and a deeper motivation in life. It does so by ordering the human world so that the relationship between man and God will be optimised. Society must take a “just” shape so that God’s presence in it can be revealed and welcomed. This just order will allow humans and their society to open up to God. Continue reading

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L’exploitation illégale des ressources naturelles

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Artisanal mining - image: Emmanuelle Devuyst

Artisanal mining - image: Emmanuelle Devuyst

La communauté internationale établit officiellement le lien entre la situation en RdC et l’exploitation illégale des ressources naturelles
Emmanuelle Devuyst

La situation, déjà dramatique, continue à se dégrader en République Démocratique du Congo (ci-après RDC) où la population civile, une fois encore, fait les frais de l’impuissance des autorités congolaises et de l’indifférence de la Communauté internationale. Continue reading

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Studying Europe

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Studies

Studies

Studying Europe
Hervé-Pierre Guillot

The ink was barely dry on the Treaty of Rome, which officially launched the European Economic Community on 25th March 1957, when the first academic studies started to theorise about the European integration process. As early as 1958, Ernst B. Haas published his book, The Uniting of Europe, in which he analysed this new form of supranational cooperation. Other academics soon added their own voice, endorsing or strongly arguing against Haas’ analyses. Continue reading

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From Prague to Brussels

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From Prague to Brussels

From Prague to Brussels

La difficile ratification du Traité de Lisbonne en République tchèque

Cher Bruxelles,

L’Union Européenne et les affaires européennes en général sont peu présentes dans les medias et dans le débat publique en République Tchèque, à l’exception de ce qui concerne les aides financières accordées aux Tchèques par l’Union. La semaine du 24 au 30 novembre dernier ou, plus précisement, les derniers jours de cette semaine représentent une exception. Continue reading

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50 years ago

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50 years ago

50 years ago

Les six pays du Marché Commun
Claude Debbichi

Pour les six pays du Marché Commun, la démolition des obstacles à la liberté des échanges commence le premier janvier [1959]

Le 1er janvier sera donné le premier coup de pioche pour la démolition de tous les obstacles qui s’opposent à la liberté des échanges et au développement du commerce entre les six pays de la Communauté Européenne.

Ces premières mesures de désarmement douanier et d’élimination des restrictions quantitatives, c’est-à-dire limitation des importations par les contingents, représentent le premier pas vers la réalisation progressive du Marché Commun européen qui sera intégralement établi le 1er janvier 1970 (ou au plus tard le 1er janvier 1973). Continue reading

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