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
26 Sep 2014 | "If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts – or so German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other pro-austerity European leaders appear to believe.
1 Jan 1970 |
Everyone is talking about the appointment of the relatively inexperienced Federica Mogherini as EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. But individual commissioners are far less important than the shift in the European Union's structure and priorities.
15 May 2014 | The likely success of anti-EU protest parties in the upcoming European Parliament election reveals the depth of Europe's political crisis. To overcome it, Europe's political establishment needs to create a new political vision that combines French and German ideas and concerns.
2014-01-29 | Hans Groen | 0 reactie(s)
With these three words Elena Lasida characterised a social economy that enhances society. She gave one of the clearer and more intriguing presentations on the 5th European Social Week, held in Ostend, Belgium, from 23-25 January 2014. What struck me was that she did not present these ideas as alternatives, or opposites of the existing economic thinking, but as ideas that were inherent to the economy -- at least, that was what I gathered listening to her. ... more
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 interest. 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.