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Europäische Solidarität – nicht zum Nulltarif

This article was posted in Guest authors, Solidarity.
Solidarity - image: Wikimedia

Solidarity - image: Wikimedia

Artikel von Friedhelm Hengsbach, Nell-Breuning Institut

Die Europäische Union steht Kopf – nicht aus voller Begeisterung, mit der die Fans des Frauenfußballs derzeit in die Stadien der Weltmeisterschaft strömen. Vielmehr aus Sorge, Unruhe und Ratlosigkeit. Zahlreiche Menschen zweifeln daran, dass der real existierende Kapitalismus Recht hat, nur weil er in der Systemkonkurrenz siegreich war, und dass die finanzwirtschaftlichen und politischen Eliten in der Lage sind, mit der Finanzkrise fertig zu werden und die Verschuldungskrise europäischer Staaten zu bewältigen. Continue reading

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Crisis-managing through the Basic Law

This article was posted in European Consciousness, Guest authors.
Law - image: Wikimedia

Law - image: Wikimedia

Analysis by Mráz Ágoston Sámuel, Nézőpont Intézet

What the Basic Law does not imply: 5 fake debates

(1) The alleged ban on abortion
The Constitution declares the protection of foetal life, but it does not entail the ban on abortion. Besides the fact that such a ban would probably be impossible in the European Union, a foetus is not considered to have legal capacity in the Constitution, only “people” are. (Art. XV.) This means that murder cannot be committed on a foetus. The new Basic Law may and will act against abortion only by recording the protection (Art. L) of foetal life and the family – “as the basis for the survival of the nation” – as well as supporting child-bearing. Continue reading

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CALL Network: Second General Assembly in Bucharest

This article was posted in European Consciousness, Solidarity.
CALL network - image: KEK

CALL network - image: KEK

From 11th to 13th May 2011, the ecumenical CALL Network (Church Action on Labour and Life) held its second General Assembly in Bucharest under the hospitality of AIDRom, the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, which focuses on social and economic issues, serving those in need in Romanian society. It was an opportunity to take stock of the work carried out by the network since last year, to visit three social works where AIDRom is involved, to hear representatives from the churches, the State and from civil society give us their vision of the state of the Romanian society today, and to attend a workshop on “empowering people”. The General Assembly finished by issuing a Communiqué encouraging Churches to engage more actively in promoting solidarity in Europe. Continue reading

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An ambassador of Europe

This article was posted in Ignatian perspectives.
Matteo Ricci SJ - image: wikimedia (public domain)

Matteo Ricci SJ - image: wikimedia (public domain)

During the first plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasburg this year, an Italian MEP, Marco Scurria, promoted an exposition on Matteo Ricci SJ as an “Ambassador of Europe to ming dynasty China” together with the Committee for the Celebrations of  4th Centenary (city of Macerata).

Read more about this exposition:

If you know Italian, enjoy the following video:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1NSog2aYZE

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Conflicts of Memory and Reconciliation

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

Berlin wall - image: The National Security Archive

Berlin wall - image: The National Security Archive

by Henryk Woźniakowski

We have been going through a massive resurgence of memory in Europe for the last twenty years. This resurgence is bound up with demographic and political factors. On the one hand, witnesses and participants of two massive 20th century upheavals – World War I and World War II –  are passing away. This generation shift involves the need to decode historic signs and meanings anew. That is the inexorable demographic factor. On the other hand we have several political factors underlying the most important reason for this resurgence – 1989, the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the enlargement of the European Union towards Eastern and Central Europe, the dismantling of  the Soviet Union and the regaining of independence by the Baltic states, Ukraine, Georgia and others. Continue reading

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The European Institutional Tripod

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

European Triangle - image: wikimedia

European Triangle - image: wikimedia

a conference given by Frank Delmartino

1. A decade of institutional engineering
The new millennium has started with an exercise of redefining the Union, of redesigning the profile of its institutions, positioning itself vis-à-vis the outside world and delineating its policies.
We are all acquainted with the breakthroughs and the setbacks of the Convention and the troublesome road that finally led to the signing and ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Meanwhile a certain institutional fatigue can be noticed. Even in academia the ‘constitutional’ debate has almost come to a standstill, with the exception of CFSP and the oncoming External Action Service.
Despite the fact that the Lisbon Treaty has, indeed, to be regarded as an institutional charter for the years to come, not all fundamental questions have been answered. In our view, reflection on the institutional philosophy is still crucial. In particular, the specific role of the three key actors and their interaction is still open for interpretation. Continue reading

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Ten years working together for Europe

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.
Mark Rotsaert

Mark Rotsaert

Ten years working together for Europe
Mark Rotsaert

On October 20th John Dardis, former provincial in Ireland, will take over as new President of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials (CEP). It’s the end of 10 years being President myself. It was a wonderful time! But what is the main task of the President of the Conference? He has to promote, to improve all kind of collaboration between Jesuit provinces in Europe, and to do so he has to motivate the provincials. This is a job that’s not so easy, when you know that there are about 26 provinces – plus the Russian Region – with more than 20 languages and very different cultures and histories with conflict situations. But how can we improve and strengthen collaboration if we don’t know each other? Continue reading

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La France, les Roms et l’Europe

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.
Roma personalities

Roma personalities - image: Olahus (cc: by-sa)

La France, les Roms et l’Europe
Henri Madelin

La période estivale a été orageuse pour la présidence française et pour les Roms installés de façon précaire sur le territoire français. Nicolas Sarkozy, affaibli dans les sondages d’opinion, est à la recherche de nouveaux soutiens. Il suscite des réserves chez un certain nombre d’électeurs du centre et une majorité de pratiquants réguliers. Plusieurs évêques, le pape lui-même (cf JEO Septembre 2010), sont sortis de leur réserve au nom du respect des droits pour les étrangers. Ce qui a inquiété l’hôte de l’Elysée et l’a poussé manifestement à solliciter une rencontre avec Benoît XVI début octobre. Continue reading

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La fièvre islamophobe gagne les EU

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

Mosque

Mosque - image: Kıvanç Niş (cc: by)

Jusqu’ici les Etats-Unis semblaient immunisés face aux poussées islamophobes qui se manifestent périodiquement dans les pays d’Europe occidentale. Cela tient en partie au fait que le poids numérique et le profil des fidèles de l’islam sont différents de part et d’autre de l’Atlantique. Sur le territoire américain les musulmans sont dispersés sur le territoire; ils ne représentent que 2,5 millions personnes, soit 0,8% de la population. La société dans laquelle ils vivent ne porte pas les stigmates de l’oppression coloniale, à la différence des univers européens liés à cette longue histoire. En outre, en raison de la politique suivie en matière d’immigration, l’Amérique attire principalement des musulmans issus des classes dominantes et aptes à s’investir dans des parcours universitaires. Généralement, ils travaillent dans des secteurs à haute valeur ajoutée comme la santé, la recherche scientifique et l’informatique. Continue reading

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OCIPE interoffice meeting

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 10 / July 2010.

Inter-office meeting - image: Elaine Rudolphi

Inter-office meeting - image: Elaine Rudolphi

OCIPE interoffice meeting
José Ignacio García Jimenez

The inter-office meeting of OCIPE is an annual event, the only opportunity to bring together most members of our staff teams in Budapest, Warsaw and Brussels. The meeting tends to rotate between these three cities: this year, though, we came to Strasbourg, and our representative there was able to attend, and even to help host the meeting. We also changed the date of the meeting so that, among other things, we could introduce the different teams to the members of our governing ‘General Assembly’ on May 11th. Continue reading

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