Church in Europe
Mgr Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of Justice and Peace Europe, and a delegate of COMECE shares his perspective after attending a congress organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
European External Action Service
The EU has declared “resilience” as one of the strategic priorities for its foreign policy external action. The question however still remains: what does “resilience” mean and how can it be put into practice?
EU Military Staff
Following the publication of the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign And Security Policy (“EUGS”) in June 2016, and the subsequent adoption on 17 October 2016 of the European Council's Conclusions for implementing the EUGS in relation to security and defence, the question now arises: Are we any wiser with regard to the EU's defence strategy for Europe?
On 3 April 2017, the European Council formally adopted a regulation on the responsible supply of minerals which had previously been approved by the European Parliament on 16 March 2017. The objective of this legislation is to put an end to the financing of armed groups through the trading of so-called conflict minerals.
In view of current strategic uncertainties, the EU has no choice other than to strengthen its security and defence policy, whilst at the same time continue to prioritise its peaceful strategies.
In the wake of President Trump's executive order on immigration, and to mark UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, Thomas H. Smolich SJ, international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Imam Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, president the Italian Islamic Religious Community (COREIS), released a joint statement.
Over the past few months, the role of NATO has come under the spotlight. Assessing the changing security context in which Europe finds itself, NATO official Stephan Miller examines NATO’s capacity for promoting stability.
After three years of negotiations, the European Union has finally got round to legislating on conflict minerals – definitely a step forward, but not going far enough.
What New Year resolutions might we make as Church to give life to the World Peace Day message? The General Secretary of the British Section of Pax Christi, Pat Gaffney, outlines some proposals.
Martin Maier sj
The election of Donald Trump as the future 45th US President took place on 9 November, 27 years to the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Does it herald a comparable cataclysm in world politics?
Members of COMECE attended the 19th annual EPP (European People’s Party) Group on Intercultural Dialogue with Churches and Religious Institutions, held on 20 – 21 October 2016. At this event the Archbishop of Kirkuk, Archbishop Msgr. Yousif Thomas Mirkis O.P. reported on the expectations of Iraq’s Christians for the future of their country. The following are excerpts from his speech.