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
3 Oct 2013 | If Europe is to reverse the growing divisions among eurozone countries, it must extend the principle of shared responsibility to all major EU economic-policy initiatives. But doing so requires a broader view of supranational coordination, with all the implications for political legitimacy and accountability that would follow.
14 Aug 2013 | If the purpose of austerity in Europe was to reduce public-debt levels, its critics are right: fiscal belt-tightening has clearly failed, because debt/GDP ratios continue to rise. But the goal of austerity was not just to stabilize debt ratios.
23 May 2013 | EU leaders are under pressure from a new generation of voters, for whom the original purpose of European integration – preventing war – holds little significance today. If EU leaders do not respond effectively, emerging political parties will seek to restore the protective national barriers that their predecessors demolished.
2011-10-28 | Herman Kaiser | 1 reactie(s)
Recently I visited the so-called ‘Open Days’ in Brussels, together with other governors from my region (the province Gelderland in The Netherlands). These days made again clear to me that there are two kinds of ‘Europe’. The first is the Europe with the rules and the institutions. This Europe is detached from the reality of citizens and governors in Europe. It is also being abused for a demagogic debate to ridicule the European ideal from 60 years ago. ... 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.