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Fifth European Social Week
January 23 till 25, 2014, in Brussels.

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 Franco-German Dream Team

14 Nov 2014 | Europe’s economic struggles are taking their toll, reflected in the hopelessness and extremism that increasingly characterize European politics. A forthcoming reform proposal, produced by the highly respected economists Jean Pisani-Ferry and Henrik Enderlein, could be the first step toward turning the situation around.

Optimizing the Eurozone

28 Oct 2014 |

The eurozone is facing a bleak economic outlook, with growth remaining stagnant and the threat of deflation looming large. Its prospects will not improve unless and until it becomes the “optimal currency area” that its creators believed it to be.

The ECB’s Faulty Weapon

7 Oct 2014 |

With inflation in the eurozone stubbornly remaining on a downward trajectory, pressure on the European Central Bank to do “something” to prevent outright deflation is growing. But, given the financial structure of eurozone countries, would the preferred "something" – quantitative easing – actually do the trick?

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.

ESW v.z.w.

Statutory seat:

Waverse Steenweg 205
1050 Elsene

IBAN: BE17 3630 8598 8621



Herbert METZGER – Deutschland herbert.metzger@netcologne.de
Udo HUETT – Deutschland uhuett@t-online.de
Bruno MACHIELS – België bruno.machiels@scarlet.be
Hans GROEN – Nederland h.groen@socires.nl

Patrick DEVELTERE, President ACW – België
Roswitha GOTTBEHÜT, General secretary EZA – Deutschland
Leo PAUWELS, Honorary president EZA – België
Johanna TOUZEL, Semaines Sociales de France – France
Cor VAN BEUNINGEN, Socires – Nederland

General secretariat


KSI Katholish-soziales institute
Selhofer Str. 11
D - 53604 Bad Honnef
Tel.: +49 - 22 24 - 955 - 405
Fax: +49 - 22 24 - 955 – 100

Mail: Huett@ksi.de

Web: www.esw-sse.org

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

Additional members of the committee

Patrick DEVELTERE President ACW – België patrick.develtere@acw.be
Patrick DE BUCQUOIS Altercité – Belgique caritas.fr@skynet.be
Roswitha GOTTBEHÜT General secretary EZA - Deutschland gottbehuet@eza.org
Hans GROEN Nederland h.groen@socires.nl
Jean HALLET Honorary president - Belgique jjhallet@skynet.be
Herbert METZGER AZK – Deutschland herbert.metzger@netcologne.de
Bartho PRONK President EZA – Nederland bartho@barthopronk.com
Sofie PUT ACW – België sofie.put@acw.be
Thomasz ROSNIAK Polish social week – Poland t.rozniak@eds-fundacia.pl
Ihor SHABAN Social week Ukraine ecumenism@ukr.net
Janina SVEDIENE Social week Lithuania ldforg@ldf.lt