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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

The End of Work as We Know It

1 Jul 2015 | Technology in the form of automation and digital intermediaries like Uber are fundamentally transforming the job market. Rather than try to stop the unstoppable, we should think about how to put this new reality at the service of our values and welfare.

Democracy Versus Growth?

24 Apr 2015 | Europe’s ongoing malaise has reignited the old debate over which form of government produces better economic performance. Are authoritarian regimes, with their ability to ram through unpopular choices, more effective at generating growth, or does liberal democracy, with its built in checks and balances, yield greater prosperity?

Why Europe Needs to Save Greece

12 Apr 2015 | The Greeks, it can be argued, have not earned the right to be saved, but Greece's exit from the euro is not the best option for the country or for the European Union. Whether or not the Greeks are deserving of assistance, it is in Europe's interest to help them.

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.