Sunday 5. December 2021

Standing up to the National Front, as French nationals and also as Christians

European Union
Ballots for a candidate for France's far-right National Front political party in the first round of local elections are seen as election officials count ballots at a polling station in Illkirch Graffenstaden near Strasbourg March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Vi

In the recent regional elections in France, the ballot results revealed an unprecedented surge of support for the National Front (FN) party. France therefore joins the growing ranks of other European countries which over the past few years have also experienced the rise of the far right. Jérôme Vignon, President of Semaines Sociales de France, comments.

A Summer University for Europe – and beyond

Church in Europe

The COMECE Summer University is developing into an annual think-tank meeting of young and established scientists/academics.

'Euro-Islam' or 'Islam in Europe': which is it to be in future?

European Union

Ever since the attacks carried out by Muslim terrorists in Europe, there have been increasing calls for much-needed reforms to Islam.

Why are young Muslims leaving Europe to go to war?

European Union

European converts and children born here to Muslim immigrants consciously seek to set themselves apart from mainstream society. Islam is “cool”.

Labour and Social Affairs in 2015 – the European Commission’s view

European Commission

“To re-create growth and bring people back to work – that will be my ultimate goal.” That is the statement made by the new Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, on his website.

Europe and the world engage in thoughtful debate in Prague

Forum 2000

25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague, the capital city of the Velvet Revolution, has become the place for people to reflect on peace, democracy and citizenship.

“Young Europeans – We stand for sustainability and eco-justice!”

Church in Europe

In the context of discussion among experts on 9 September which was hosted by COMECE in Brussels, representatives of Christian youth organisations presented their projects for climate protection and for an environmentally responsible lifestyle.

Youth Guarantee to combat youth unemployment – but will it?

European Commission

For several years, the high youth unemployment figures have posed major challenges for decision-makers at EU and Member State level. Accordingly, there are high expectations for the Youth Guarantee.

The International Summer School – a place of change


For the ninth time in a row, COMECE has helped to organise the “Graz International Summer School Seggau” (GUSEGG) in Austria. The main theme of this year’s event was ‘transformation’.

ERASMUS+ without Erasmus?

European Commission

Would an Erasmus in Basel still be imaginable, or would he fall foul of the (planned) measures between Switzerland and the European Union?

The Church – supporting political engagement


What role can the Church play in enabling its members to bear witness to truth in public life?


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