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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Staying calm in a crisis

Huge external pressures are suddenly bearing in on the technocratic project that is Europe, laying bear a worryingly thin veneer of shared values and common cultural responses to perceived, or real, external threats. Former diplomat Tim Livesey makes the case that the EU will only be able to respond effectively to the multiple crises it faces if it holds firm to its values. Razor wire alone will not solve the problems.

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The fragility of European unity

The achievement of a lasting peace between former enemies has undoubtedly been the great success of the European project, but as Sir Francis Campbell explores in this blog this strength has masked a deeper fagility that is slowly being exposed by a series of political and economic crises.

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The liberal’s dilemma

Philip Booth makes the case that Eurosceptics tend to suffer from nirvana fallacy – they compare the EU with all its faults to a perfect policy environment in the UK. They ignore the positive aspects of the EU record, such as the action that has been taken to free the movement of capital and labour, and also ignore the negative aspects of the Westminster government’s record.To Philip Booth, a liberal economist, the Brexit dilemma is that we might end up with all the EU regulation and, in addition, more restrictions on migration.

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Never closer union?

The challenge for Christians in the EU debate writes Dave Landrum is to intelligently and relentlessly expose the sandy foundations of ever closer union, and to present a vision for a plural, hospitable and harmonious Europe bonded and informed by its core, historic Christian identity – because Jesus is (quite literally) the hope of the nations.

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Postcard from Berne

Writing from Berne, Serge Fornerod explores the paradox at the heart of Swiss society and politics which shape’s Switzerland’s relationship with the EU. More than ninety percent of all legislative work in Switzerland’s administration offices at the Federal and Cantonal level consists in adapting its laws and by-laws to the EU legislation. But still, the most virulent anti-EU and anti-foreigners political party is by far the strongest party in the country, reaching almost 30% of the votes at the last parliamentary elections this October and support for EU membership never rises above 30%. Is this a model for the UK?

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Date for diary: Theos to launch new report – Soul for the Union

Theos the UK’s leading religion and society think tank will be hosting a public discussion at Europe House, London, on 27 January to mark the launch of their new report – Soul for the Union. Further details are set out in the blog

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Overcoming Europe’s amnesia

Bishop Nick Baines makes the case that unless we recognise Europe’s Christian heritage, we are unlikely to have much luck shaping Europe’s future. Any culture that claims to derive benefit from the Enlightenment must, surely, adhere to some element of rational, intelligent accounting for history. To this end, the Christian history of Europe is crucial for understanding where we have come from, who we are and what we might become.

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