Monday 2. March 2015
#180- March 2015

Content:

Martin Maier

Persecution of Christians and martyrdom in today’s world

unknownThe European People's Party's Annual Interreligious Dialogue took place on 11 and 12 December 2014 in the European Parliament with participants grappling with the issue of the persecution of religious minorities in conflict zones. The spotlight fell on Near and Middle Eastern countries where Islam predominates.

European Council

Freedom, Unity and Solidarity were the order of the day at the European Summit on 12 February

unknownDramatic developments – the Paris attacks and crisis in Ukraine – threw the agenda of the informal meeting of the European Council on 12 February 2015 into disarray.

European Commission

Mitigation or how to limit the impacts of climate change

unknownIn 2013 the European Environment Agency (EEA) announced that Europe had already reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 19% with reference to the 1990 level, but this reduction is largely as a result of the economic crisis.

European Commission

Is waste a litmus test of Commission policy?

unknownThoughts on the withdrawal of the ‘Circular Economy’ package.

European Union

Christians in the Middle East: Can the EU do anything to end this latter-day persecution?

unknownArchbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the UN in Geneva, has a record of raising many difficult issues in the area of human rights and tackling intractable problems with uncanny insight and courage.

European Court of Justice

EU and Council of Europe: further integration of human rights systems hits a snag

unknownPresident Jean-Claude Juncker made the completion of EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights one of the 2015 Commission priorities. The EU Court of Justice added an unexpected twist to a perhaps only too predictable script.

European Parliament

125 Church leaders ask the EU to put an end to conflict minerals

unknownAfter the draft regulation proposed by the European Commission last year to put an end to the use of revenues from mining to finance armed conflicts, the discussion about conflict minerals has been on the table.

European Union

The Greek debt, the Greek nation and the moral position

unknownServicing the debt drains a huge proportion of the Greek productive economy. As a result, Greece is sinking into a quagmire.

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