The European anthem “Ode to Joy” resounded as newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron walked into the Louvre courtyard to address his supporters. In Brussels, this election result was greeted with huge relief.
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.
The European Pillar of Social Rights aims to address the growing social and economic divergence in the EU. The European Commission presented its recommendations at the end of April and is now hoping for support at the highest political level.
On 14 March, an agreement was signed between the French State, the Community of Sant’ Egidio, the Catholic Church and Protestant communities. The agreement will enable 500 Syrian refugees from Lebanon to enter French territory in the coming months, following the example of humanitarian corridors already in place in Italy.
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.
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.