At a time of crisis and cuts to the welfare state, the mantra of reforms in exchange for efficiency has also reached education.
Frank Turner SJ
Citizenship entails rights, but rights do not define citizenship.
The shelves have been tidied, the goods have been ordered, the book-keeping is done. Now the shop assistant in an ordinary shop is waiting for the next customer to walk in. Is this waiting time part of working time?
European Court of Human Rights
Rather than seeing these cases principally as attacks upon religious expression in the workplace, it may be more useful to view them as inevitable elements of our public conversation.
“We are stuck on an ice floe as if frozen, not knowing what action to take as we drift along downriver.”
A recent survey revealed that many European citizens are not adequately informed about the rights deriving from their EU citizenship. The European Union intends to address this problem.
In spite of negotiations, the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) has still not been finalised and its shortcomings are having a negative effect on asylum seekers.
The Church in Europe
It was with these words that French and German bishops hailed the 50th anniversary of Franco-German reconciliation in a joint declaration published on 18 January 2013.
Poverty and misinformation are the major reasons behind the abuse of the European asylum system by citizens of some Western Balkans countries.
Fear not only resonates with the siren songs of the populists but also masks the possible consequences of populism and nationalism, whose solutions to the crisis seem to be rooted more in confrontation than in collaboration.
Although the EU and Member States have adopted new measures to combat human trafficking, better implementation and coordination are the key to success.