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Muslim and Jewish leaders unite for peace

Topic: religion

Enlargement 27-05-2016

EU urges Bosnia to publish census results

The European Union urged Bosnia Thursday to publish by July the results of a national census, the latest subject of an inter-ethnic dispute but which is considered a crucial step towards EU integration.

Little Europe

If we want to transcend the dichotomy between regulated diversity and nationalist reaction, Europeans will have to go beyond mere tolerance. Whether or not this takes place within a common European identity is another question, argues Josh White.

Christians in Middle East have a 'vocation' to stay

The violence and terror of IS has effectively driven all Christians and Yazidis from their homes in Iraq. To stay in the Middle East or not - that’s the most pressing question for refugees in the region, writes Benoit Lanoo.
Development Policy 04-05-2015

Fire source and peace force: The role of religion in development

Since 9/11, religion has been considered a source of conflict. But Germany's Development Ministry wants to reevaluate the the positive role it can play in developing countries.
NewsSpecial Report

Books that bind Europe together: This year's EU Literature Prize

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Can a majority Muslim state, on Europe’s southernmost periphery, be considered not just European, but even worthy of an EU prize for literature?

British woman wins religious discrimination case

An employee who was asked by British Airways to remove a Christian cross from around her neck has won a religious discrimination case at Europe's human rights court but three other claimants lost similar cases on Tuesday (15 January).

Britons take workplace religion fight to European rights court

British employers trample on religious freedoms by barring staff from wearing crosses at work, requiring them to provide sex advice to gays, or to preside at same-sex civil partnership ceremonies, four Christians told Europe's top rights court yesterday (4 August).

Belgian lawmakers first in EU to outlaw burqa

Belgium this week took one step closer to becoming the first European country to outlaw Islamic veils that completely hide a woman's face. The ban could become effective this summer if legislation passed yesterday (29 April) is confirmed by the Senate.

Europe must assert its religious identity, says Frattini

Europe must assert its religious identity if it is to face up to the "challenges" of globalisation and immigration, Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Franco Frattini said yesterday (26 January).

Orthodox unity mulled for next Parliament

MEPs from different Orthodox countries should work more closely in the next European Parliament, argued various speakers at a gathering in Brussels on Wednesday (15 April).

Gaza incursion sparks EU anti-Semitism fears

Violence against Jews is spreading throughout European cities in the wake of Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip amid concerns that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe.
Global Europe 05-12-2008

Dalai Lama: Moral authority 'lacking' in China

Tibet is "not against the Chinese government, but there is neither freedom of speech nor freedom of the press," the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, told MEPs yesterday (4 December), bemoaning China's lack of "moral authority".

British chief rabbi: Dialogue alone cannot bridge cultural divide

Dialogue is not enough to bridge the cultural gaps between EU citizens, a major Jewish leader told MEPs yesterday (19 November), calling for the establishment of "covenantal relationships" to develop closer social bonds between the peoples of Europe.

Professor: Separation of religion and state 'key to tolerance'

Immigrants to the EU must accept the basic elements of its member states' political systems in order to integrate into European life, said Dutch Professor Henk Dekker. He was speaking to EurActiv Slovakia in Bratislava.

Interview: Separation of religion and state 'key to tolerance'

All immigrants into the EU must broadly accept the basic elements of the European political system to which the separation of religion and state is 'the key', according to Professor Henk Dekker of the University of Utrecht.

No 'conflict of cultures', Islamic leader tells EU Parliament

The Grand Mufti of Syria yesterday told MEPs that he did not believe in the conflict of cultures because "we are all building one culture", becoming the first religious leader to address the Parliament during the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

European values and identity

Debates about European identity have intensified in the context of EU enlargement and the Union's Constitutional and Lisbon Treaties. Although the motto "unity in diversity" is generally seen as best describing the aims of the EU, opinions differ widely as to how it should be understood. 
Security 10-01-2005

Muslim and Jewish leaders unite for peace

150 Rabbis and Imams from around the world met in Brussels on 3 January for a three day conference condemning religious violence.