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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Who do we think we are?

In ‘Who do we think we are?’, Bishop Nick Baines questions whether it’s time for a new narrative to help shape who and what we want Europe to become.

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Be careful what you wish for

Former diplomat Tim Livesey examines whether in the rush to reform the EU we risk destroying the very platform that has contributed to Europe’s peace and security.

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The history of the European Union is not our memory of Europe

Is the EU an inescapable part of us? Political theologian Adrian Hilton argues that Britain is part of Europe but it is not part of the EU’s Europe.

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Choral diplomacy and the songs of peace

Caroline Spelman reflects on the lessons to be learnt from last year’s joint concert involving the parliamentary choirs from Germany and the UK.

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Postcard from Oslo

Norway has a population of five million people and voted decisively against joining the EU in 1994. With oil and gas reserves, Norway is the biggest European supplier and strong economically, even with uncertain oil prices of late. The Norwegian State has prudently invested the oil and gas surplus in a vast national fund to […]

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Money and power: the roots and future of Europe?

Against the backdrop of the Greek debt crisis, Guy Brandon questions whether the move towards European monetary union has corrupted the founding values of the EU. What kind of a Union are we now part of?

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Is the EU constitutionally flawed?

Philip Booth from the Institute of Economic Affairs explores how Catholic social teaching on subsidiarity might help restrain the EU’s tendency towards centralisation and in turn protect the wider common good.

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We did that!

Why is it that we always see our relationship with the EU as a one way affair as something that is inflicted on us? Alison Elliot looks at why we negate or own human agency in Europe.

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‘… every tribe and language and people and nation …’

Moral theologian Sarah Rowland Jones looks again at Revelation’s picture of heaven to see how it might help us make sense of the diversity of tribes and nations that shape our understanding of Europe.

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Caught between reform and reformation

Former diplomat Stephen Wall examines how our attitudes towards the EU have been shaped by our experiences of the reformation

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