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The Ruminant Economy

Ruminating on what was presented at the 7th ESW in Milan, last February, and thinking about the milk we shall pour at the 8th ESW, coming up in the near future, I wrote down some thoughts about the current economy. If you read the essays, you understand the pun about rumination and milk and how it is an image that applies to our economy.

the ruminant economy 1 – introduction
the ruminant economy 2 – non standard employment
the ruminant economy 3 – (un)employment
the ruminant economy 4 – it is eating us
the ruminant economy 5 – labour and rest
the ruminant economy 6 – some conclusions
the ruminant economy and laudato si’

Conclusions of the 7th ESW by Jérôme Vignon

Read the conclusions of the 7th ESW by Jérôme Vignon, former president of the Semaines Sociales de France. Other presentations are avialble on the [> conference page

Presentation by Claude Rolin and EZA-News

The presentation by Claude Rolin during the opening session of the 7th ESW in Milan is available. Also a short report by Leo Pauwels for EZA-NEWS is available in 5 languages. All on the [> conference page

Presentation Bea Cantillon available

Find [> here the presentation of Bea Cantillon on the Saterday morning of the 7th European Social Week.

See the pictures of Milan 2019!

With thanks to Eddy Vanacker for the beautiful pictures we present the gallery of Milan 2019. Most likely you will find yourself at least on one of the [> images.

Why European Social Weeks?

In the aftermath of 1991, the commemoration of 100 years of Christian workers’ organisations, leading members of the Christian Social Movements in Belgium and The Netherlands independently developed the urge to europeanise the movement. Once they learned from these simultaneous inivitatives, they agreed to cooperate and started the ecumenical intiative of the European Social Weeks. Together with parties from France and Germany, the first European Social Week was held in 1997, in Brussels.

Since the European Community of Coal and Steel, where Europe forged peace and cooperation out of the materials that had been used for two devastating wars, we have come a long way. Standing within the Christian-social tradition, we feel a special urge for the future of Europe. After the success, we are now confronted with bad times. The ties that connect us in Europe are seriously being put to the test. We believe we cannot go back behind our national borders and focus first and formost on our national interests. We have to move on on the road of peace, cooperation, and solidarity. That road is not necessarily the one that leads us straight from where we are to the vanishing point on the horizon. There are different roads, so which road to follow? Hope for a better future has always guided people to where they want to arrive, and so hope for a better Europe is our guide.

ESW Doorn, 2016: All things new

Forging radical evolution — Social Dialogue with a future

To the report of the 6th ESW

ESW Oostende, 2014: Europe, The age of responsibility

How can we integrate more solidarity and participation in the social model of the future?

ESW Bad Honnef 2010

Publication pending

ESW Bratislava, 2003: Perspectives

The commitment of Christians and Christian Social Organisations in construction of the European Union

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