About: Pope Francis

Energy 14-06-2019

Pope Francis calls for ‘radical energy transition’ to stem global warming

Pope Francis said on Friday (14 June) that carbon pricing is “essential” to stem global warming – his clearest statement yet in support of penalising polluters – and appealed to climate change deniers to listen to science.
Languages & Culture 03-06-2019

Pope pleads for European unity, warns against fear-mongers

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for Europe to stick together and revive the ideals of its founders on Sunday (2 June), saying ideologies and fear-mongering politicians were threatening its very existence as a bloc.
Languages & Culture 31-05-2019

Romanians prepare for Pope’s visit at times of domestic upheaval

Pope Francis travels on Friday (31 May) to Romania, giving him another opportunity to preach a message of European integration and political rectitude even as he pays tribute to Christians killed during the communist era.
Enlargement 08-05-2019

In North Macedonia, Pope urges Balkans to embrace diversity

Pope Francis urged the Balkans to embrace its patchwork of faiths and ethnicities during his visit to North Macedonia on Tuesday (7 May), where he delivered prayers and speeches that kept returning to the legacy of an illustrious Skopje native: Mother Teresa.
Languages & Culture 06-05-2019

Pope Francis asks Bulgarians to ‘open hearts’ to migrants

Pope Francis urged Bulgarians to open their hearts and doors to refugees as he began a visit to the European Union's poorest country, where the main Orthodox Church snubbed holding joint prayers with the pontiff.

Malta demands EU solution before migrants disembark

Malta is pushing other European countries to take in around 250 migrants in its care before it will allow dozens of people stuck on two rescue boats to disembark, a government source said Tuesday (8 January).

Pope urges EU to show ‘solidarity’ with migrants stranded off Malta

Pope Francis on Sunday (6 January) urged EU leaders to show "concrete solidarity" with 49 migrants stranded on NGO ships off the coast of Malta who have been refused permission to land.
Climate change 26-10-2018

Catholic bishops call for faith in 1.5°C Paris target

Church leaders urged governments around the world to ramp up their climate action efforts on Friday (26 October), calling for “ambitious implementation” of the Paris Agreement.
Freedom of thought 27-06-2018

Pope and Macron hold ‘intense’ meeting at Vatican

French President Emmanuel Macron held an "intense" meeting with Pope Francis during his first official visit to the Vatican yesterday (26 June), discussing global issues including the fate of migrants coming to Europe.
Global Europe 05-02-2018

Erdogan in Rome: Let Turkey be full EU member

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected proposals of a partnership with the EU, insisting full membership to the bloc is the only option, in an interview published Sunday (4 February).
Global Europe 11-12-2017

Erdogan and Macron take lead in urging US to turn back on Jerusalem decision

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and France's Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday (9 December).
Politics 30-03-2017

Polish MP accuses Juncker of ‘alcohol dependency’

Krystyna Pawlowicz, a Polish MP from the ruling Eurosceptic PiS party, has written a letter to the Jean-Claude Juncker, accusing him of “alcohol dependency”. She also called “distasteful” the fact that Juncker apparently took a nap in the Vatican over the celebration of the EU’s 60’th anniversary.
Future EU 24-03-2017

Rome: A common declaration but no miracle cure

Finding common ground for the EU’s declaration on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is proving difficult. The bloc’s objective is to “confirm that the EU is the right answer” but one diplomat said there was no “miracle cure” for the Union’s woes. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 01-03-2017

Pope Francis to share wisdom with EU leaders ahead of Rome summit

EU heads of state and government are planning to meet with Pope Francis in Rome on 24 March, ahead of the summit expected to provide a vision for the future of the EU after Brexit, diplomats told EURACTIV.com.

Merkel shuns CSU conference for first time

Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the CSU, has closed ranks with Austria at its party conference, particularly when it comes to refugee policy, as integration concerns increase. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Enlargement 25-10-2016

Kosovo still dreams of EU and NATO membership

Kosovo's foreign affairs minister has reaffirmed his country's ambitions to join both NATO and the European Union, in an interview with EURACTIV Spain.
Armenia 03-10-2016

Pope urges ‘stable peace’ on visit to Azerbaijan

Pope Francis yesterday (2 October) called for a "stable peace" as he visited mainly Muslim Azerbaijan, several months after pushing for an end to a festering territorial feud while in arch-foe Armenia.
16-09-2016

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, former Italian president and premier, dies

Former Italian president, prime minister and central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who played a key role in guiding the country into the European single currency, has died, the government said on Friday (16 September).
Armenia 27-06-2016

From Armenia, Pope Francis urges regional reconciliation

Pope Francis urged Armenia and Turkey on Saturday (25 June) to seek reconciliation over the Armenian genocide which took place one century ago, and Armenia and Azerbaijan to find a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Armenia 18-05-2016

German resolution on Armenian genocide expected to sour Turkey relationsip

Turkey has long opposed the international recognition of the Armenian genocide and the German parliament's plans to finally grant it could spell trouble for Berlin's relations with Ankara. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Future EU 06-05-2016

Juncker on EU anniversary: We have too many part-time Europeans

The presidents of Europe's three main institutions yesterday (5 May) presented a bleak picture of the European Union, saying the 28-nation bloc lacked leadership and was descending into petty, nationalist politics.
Euro & Finance 20-04-2016

Moisés Naím: ‘More Europe’ needed to strengthen EU

"Europe has been losing its clout and its voice has diminished,” Moisés Naím told EURACTIV Spain in an interview, as well as highlighting his desire for “more Europe” so that “the predominant voices are not those of autocracies and dictatorships like Russia or China”.
Armenia 11-04-2016

Pope will visit Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Pope Francis will visit Azerbaijan and Georgia in the autumn, the Vatican said on 9 April, one day after combatants in Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to cease fighting that has killed dozens in the past week.

Erdogan warns he will ditch refugee deal if EU breaks promises

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned the European Union on Thursday (7 April) that Ankara would not implement a key deal on reducing the flow of refugees if Brussels fails to fulfil its side of the bargain.

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