Category Archives: Europe

Europe and its future(s)


Ecumenical visits to Helsinki, Finland and then to Novi Saad, Serbia, followed by the debate on the Queen’s Speech has meant there has been little time to blog. There has certainly been no shortage of issues to write about –Chicago … Continue reading

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Serbia – An Uncertain Future


With Europe still digesting the election results from France and Greece, it’s all too easy to overlook the general and local election results held in Serbia on Sunday. To be fair, I probably wouldn’t have even known that elections had … Continue reading

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Modernity and its futures?


Trawl the shelves of any respectable bookshop today and you will find a growing body of literature expounding the now well trodden thesis that China’s rise inevitably means the West’s demise. To be fair scholars have been exploring this possibility for … Continue reading

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Greece and its Anti German Sentiment


A pilgrimage to the Holy Land, followed by a series of meetings in Brussels and a week of General Synod have all contributed to a packed work agenda that has allowed little time for blogging. Today’s edition of the The … Continue reading

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Europe and the Primacy of Domestic Politics


Faced with the growing fragmentation of Europe and the prospect of failed and failing states within its borders, Europe’s politicians appear incapable of providing the necessary political leadership to navigate the EU through its current economic ills. Mainstream political commentators might lament … Continue reading

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Why Germany needs to sin to be virtuous


The German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, has written a fascinating piece in today’s Financial Times explaining why “the Eurozone needs deeper integration through tighter economic governance and tougher rules for the stability pact.” Underlying Westerwell’s argument is the assumption that … Continue reading

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A Taxing Time for Europe and the Holy Father


Yesterday, in Brussels, the British Chancellor, George Osborne, delayed his flight back to Blighty to berate his European counterparts for becoming bogged down in a pointless debate about an EU wide transaction tax rather than taking practical action to save … Continue reading

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Financial Stability and Economic Growth in the EU


With the leaders of the G20 meeting in Cannes, France, against a backdrop of continued confusion and uncertainty in the Eurozone, the House of Lords will today debate the matter of financial stability and economic growth in the EU. The Bishop of Bath … Continue reading

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The Euro Crisis and the Birth Pangs of a New Europe


The Euro zone deal agreed in the early hours of this morning might be short on financial details, but there is little doubt as to its political ramifications. Signatories have made clear that they see the Euro as core to … Continue reading

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CEC 2030


Tuesday’s industrial action by French train drivers made my journey to Strasbourg a more complicated, but no less pleasant affair. There really is no other way to travel in Europe. The protracted eight hour journey from London Kings Cross provided … Continue reading

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