It is Pope Francis, a non-European, who bluntly states that there is a clear European identity. This is an affirmation that will surprise more than one European! At a time when Europe is looking for a new lease of life, it may be worthwhile to be inspired by what an outsider detects in our own history.
Europe’s institutions are currently treading water while civil society occupies the high ground. This trend is mirrored by the 2017 strategy “Europe at the Crossroads” adopted by the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions.
On 1 September 2016, in a kind of prelude to the new political season, Manfred Weber, the Chair of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, delivered a noteworthy speech on Europe at the Catholic Academy in Bavaria, Munich.
While receiving the Charlemagne Prize on 6 May 2016, Pope Francis invited us to dare to dream of a new Europe. For him this means moving from a cash-based economy to a social economy, a project which could instil enthusiasm in the younger generation and for which he looked for support from the Church. Is this project Utopian or could it be achieved?
The EU Commission together with the EMCDDA will launch the European Drug Report 2017, providing a comprehensive analysis of recent trends in the drug situation in Europe.
> 7 June The EU Commission is expected to publish a Reflection Paper on the Future of the European Defence by 2025.
> 7 June The EU Commission is expected to publish the Implementation of the EU Global Strategy: Communication on efforts to foster state, economic, environment/climate and social resilience in thirds countries.
> 15-16 June A high-level event on EU Arctic Policy will be held in Oulu, Finland.