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Agenda

Sixth European Social Week
February 18 till 20, 2016, Doorn, The Netherlands

Previous Social Weeks

Bratislava, 2003: Perspectives -- The commitment of Christians and Christian Social Organisations in the construction of the European Union

Bad Honnef, 2000: Towards a European civil society -- Christian social visions

Brussels, 1997: Christian-Social Thought and Europe

 

Participating organisations


ACW, Belgium


EZA, Germany


KSI, Bad Honnef


MOC, Belgium


Semaines Sociales de France

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Commentaries on Europe

Europe’s Rule-of-Law Crisis

11 Apr 2016 |

Hungary and Poland are now jeopardizing hard-won European democratic norms – and thus undermining the very purpose of European integration. The sad reality is that, were they to apply for EU membership today, neither country would be admitted.

The ECB Goes Rogue

18 Mar 2016 | The ECB Governing Council has just decided to increase bond purchases further, from €60 billion to €80 billion per month, and to reduce, again, the deposit rate, to -0.4%. The monetary authorities have clearly overstepped their mandate – and the policy won't even have the desired effect.

The Brexit Conspiracy

11 Mar 2016 | For decades, prominent British politicians have propounded their disdain for Europe, causing euroskepticism in the United Kingdom to become firmly entrenched. When the country holds a referendum on its EU membership on June 23, many voters may be unwilling to vote to remain.

Europe Square

European Policies

Exclusions and expulsions

2014-12-02 | Hans Groen | 0 reactie(s)

How long will labour unions survive? As long as there are persons who have a labour relation with an employer, one might think. I don't think that these labour relations will completely disappear in the (near) future. But numerically, these will become less significant. There is a process of expulsion and exclusion going on in the world of labour. ... more

Workfloor Europe

We want to be seen!!

2012-03-14 | Hans Groen | 0 reactie(s)

'We want to be seen!' That was the message shouted by about 70 cleaners who walked into a meeting in Doorn, The Netherlands, where Dutch employer's organisation VNO-NCW, and the labour union CNV held their spring seminar about the social dialogue. The cleaners have been on strike for 10 weeks now. For better working conditions, yes, but not directly more money. Above all, they want dignity, recognition. ... more

Since the European Communitie 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. With the discussions on this website and its connected forums, we want to restore that hope.