Category - European Union

  • February 15, 2013

    2013 is set to be an important year for both the Catholic Church, which elects a new pope, and Croatia, which will become the 28th member of the European Union (EU), writes Alex Sakalis for openDemocracy. These two entities share a long history, with the former wielding significant, yet often ignored, influence on political life in the latter.

  • February 11, 2013

    Life in the European Union is one of continuing political negotiation. No political realist is surprised that national leaders constantly seek to protect and advance the interests of their country, says social theologian Dr Graeme Smith. The European Union is the place of permanent dialogue between different interests, and more substantially different political cultures, interestingly mirroring some different Protestant and Catholic instincts. Meanwhile, ecumenical lessons can help us to see why it's negotiation all the way, in a positive sense.

  • January 23, 2013

    Some highly varied responses have been forthcoming to PM David Cameron's promise of an 'in/out' referendum on UK European Union membership.

  • November 3, 2012

    There is room for real, substantial reform to the EU budget and many other aspects of the functioning and policy of European institutions, says Simon Barrow. But to address these issues properly, Britain’s political leaders should abandon rather than feed the narrow Westminster mindset that the recent EU budget row exemplifies.

  • October 30, 2012

    A new report on illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory reveals an inconsistency at the heart of EU policy.

  • October 15, 2012

    World Council of Churches General Secretary the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has congratulated the European Union for being awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.

  • August 26, 2012

    Two distinguished speakers came together to discuss the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh.

  • July 20, 2012

    Families in the UK are among the worst off in Europe when it comes to housing costs according to findings published by the European Union.

  • June 14, 2012

    Two Quakers with a background in environmental and peace activism have been appointed as the new senior staff at the Quaker Council for European Affairs.

  • May 23, 2012

    Plaid Cymru have attacked the Conservatives and Labour for failing to support the introduction of a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions.