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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

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.

About the European Social Weeks

The European Social Week brings together representatives of the organizations of the workers and of the employers, as well as representatives of social organizations, of consumer organizations, human rights organizations, organizations working in social housing, in education, in care, in development cooperation; of national Social Weeks Network organizations; all kinds of Christian social organizations, both catholic, protestant or otherwise Christian; and from East and West Europe, from all of Europe; all sharing the task of securing the presence and the actualization of Christian Social Thinking, its leading values and principles, and thus help shape the European society that we want.

General secretariat

KSI Katholish-soziales institute
Selhofer Str. 11
D - 53604 Bad Honnef
Tel: +49 (0)2224 955 405
Fax: +49 (0)2224 955 100
Mail: huett@ksi.de
Web: www.esw6.eu
IBAN: BE17 3630 8598 8621

Discussion platform http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3849457&trk=hb_side_g

Members of the committee

President, Herbert METZGER, Deutschland, herbert.metzger@netcologne.de
General secretary, Udo HUETT, Deutschland, huett@ksi.de
Administrative secretary, Linda DEMEESTER, België, linda.demeester@hotmail.com
Treasurer, Bruno MACHIELS, België, brumac@telenet.be
Webmaster, Hans GROEN, Nederland, h.groen@socires.nl

Tony DE JANS, Beweging.Net, België, tony.dejans@beweging.net
Sigrip SCHRAML, General secretary EZA, Deutschland, schraml@eza.org
Leo PAUWELS, Honorary president EZA, België, pauwels_leo@skynet.be
Bartho PRONK, President EZA, Nederland, bartho@barthopronk.com
Johanna TOUZEL, Semaines sociales de France, France, johanna@touzel.com
Cor VAN BEUNINGEN, Socires, Nederland, c.vanbeuningen@socires.nl
Robert WEBER, Luxembourg, rowe@pt.lu


Slobodan ANTOVSKI, President of YHACM, Macedonia
Prof.Dr. Ralph BERGOLD, Director of KSI, Deutschland
Piotr DUDA, President Solidarnosc, Poland
Carlo COSTALLI, President MCL, Italia
Patrick DEVELTERE, President Beweging.Net, België
Emmanuel GERARD, Director of HIVA, België
Marie-Josée JACOBS, Former Minister, Luxembourg
Karl-Josef LAUMANN, President CDA, Deutschland
MaurIce LIMMEN, President CNV, Nederland
Elke HANNACK, Vice-president DGB, Deutschland
Fritz NEUGEBAUER, President GOD, Austria
Joseph THOUVENEL , Vice-president CFTC, France
Jérôme VIGNON, President Semaines sociales, France
Martin J. WILDE, UNIAPAC Europe, Deutschland

Contactpersons social weeks

Matej CEPIN, SAK Socialna akademija, Slovenia, matej.cepin@skavt.net
Patrick DE BUCQUOIS, Altercité, Belgique, caritas.fr@skynet.be
Jean HALLET, Honorary president, Belgique, jhallet@skynet.be
Silvio ISPAS, Social week Romania, Romania, ifes@ifes.ro
Thomas ROSNIAK, Social week Poland, Poland, t.roziak@eds-fundacia.pl
Ihor SHABAN, Social week Ukraine, Ukraine, ecumenism@ukr.net
Janina ŠVEDIENE, Social week Lithuania, Lithuania, ldforg@ldf.lt