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).
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).
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.