While the United Nations Charter aims for the universal, effective respect of human rights, given the multiplicity of protection systems within both the United Nations and European organisations, the necessity of legal cohesion should be imposed on every judge.
Austerity measures exacerbated the negative human rights consequences of the 2008 financial crisis. Human rights impact assessments should become an integral part of economic policy-making, says Birgit Van Hout, from the UN Human Rights Office.
Annelien Boone is a director of the youth pastoral service in Flanders, and she represented all Belgian young people at the Synod on Youth in Rome. She talks to us of her experiences and of the impact for young Europeans.
The Council of the EU has agreed to open membership negotiations with Albania in June 2019. The Bishop of Rrëshen, Mgr Gjergj Meta, explains why the Albanians want to become part of the EU at a time when the UK is preparing to leave.
The internet is driving changes around the world, improving communications between people and driving the digital economy. Cristina Monti (DG Connect) explains how the EU Commisison intends to shape the evolution and use of the internet.
Ten years after the financial crisis of 2008, and ten months before the European elections, the Secours Catholique-Caritas France organisation has published its report “Finance to Citizens”, in which it proposes an ambitious array of reforms designed to ensure that finance serves the public interest.
Italian Catholics were recently invited by Pope Francis to be more engaged in politics. Matteo Truffelli, President of the Azione Cattolica Italiana Movement, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, shares his thoughts on the need to engage in the common good in Europe.
A draft law that proposes a ban on circumcision was presented to the Icelandic parliament before ultimately being withdrawn. However, similar proposals are being considered in several regions of Europe. This would be a violation of the European and international laws ensuring religious freedoms, according to Grégor Puppinck.
European Christian associations, coming together under the banner of IXE (The Initiative of Christians for Europe) are seeking to promote the reformulation of a vision for Europe. Philippe Segretain, who led the 2017 Session of the Semaines Sociales de France, sets out his thoughts.