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Freedom of thought 14-03-2017

Amnesty warns ECJ headscarf ban ruling ‘panders to prejudice’

A landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJK) that EU companies can ban employees from wearing religious symbols, such as the Muslim headscarf, panders to prejudice, Amnesty International warned today.
Elections 12-12-2016

Dutch populist leader rises in polls after conviction

The party of populist anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders has risen strongly in the polls since the lawmaker was tried and convicted of discrimination, according to a survey published Sunday (11 December).
Elections 24-10-2016

Austrian churches slam Hofer for ‘God’ slogan

Austrian church officials on Monday (24 October) denounced far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer for "instrumentalising" God in a new slogan as he seeks to rally support ahead of a scandal-plagued election re-run.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

Cut funds to states that turn away refugees, Italy urges EU

Eastern states that continue to refuse to take in refugees to help frontline countries in Europe's migration crisis should have their EU funding cut, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday (12 October).
Central Europe 06-10-2016

Abortion protests rock Polish government, prompt backtrack

Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has looked firmly in control since sweeping to power a year ago but it may have pressed its conservative agenda too far by initially backing a virtual ban on abortion.
Brexit 01-09-2016

Poll: British public heavily in favour of burqa ban

Twice as many British people support a ban on women wearing a burqa than oppose one, with a majority also in favour of outlawing the burkini, according to a poll published Thursday (31 August).
Global Europe 15-07-2016

Debate on religion, immigration, political correctness rages on Twitter

Social media are overflowing with reactions following the Bastille Day attack in Nice (14 July), with some users denouncing Western political correctness and others responding that Islam is not about terrorism. The terrorist proved to be a 31-year old French...
Global Europe 09-06-2016

German parliament condemns Turkish threats against lawmakers

The president of Germany's parliament condemned threats against German lawmakers of Turkish origin after the Bundestag last week passed a resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide.
Global Europe 07-06-2016

At Ramadan, refugees in Europe dream of family and comfort food

As Ramadan began in Germany on Monday (6 June), Syrian asylum seeker Khairallah Swaid said he would pray for a reunion with his wife, who is stranded at a camp in Greece, and crave his mother's makloubeh, a meat and rice dish served during the fasting month.
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.
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.
Languages & Culture 10-10-2014

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

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?
Languages & Culture 16-01-2013

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).
Languages & Culture 05-09-2012

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).
Languages & Culture 30-04-2010

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.
Languages & Culture 27-01-2010

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).
Languages & Culture 17-04-2009

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).
Languages & Culture 08-01-2009

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".
Languages & Culture 20-11-2008

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.
Languages & Culture 07-02-2008

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.
Languages & Culture 16-01-2008

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.
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.