Monthly Archives: July 2008

Guarantee a European Commissioner for Ireland – carrot for a “yes” vote?

THE IRISH INDEPENDENT : guarantee of holding on to a European Commissioner will be the carrot for a ‘Yes’ vote in a second Lisbon Treaty referendum late next year

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The Anglican Communion and the Lambeth Conference

In the absence of Elaine Rudolphi, this is an observation from Frank Turner about what strikes him as most attractive in the Anglican Communion. In The Tablet of July 19th 2008, Canon Chris Chivers remarks that throughout the Lambeth Conference (16 July – 3 August, 2008) the more than 800 bishops would gather in study groups each of eight persons, to discuss the ‘I am’ sayings of the Gospel of John. This is surely a superb method of enriching the work of a major meeting of church leaders. Canon Chivers also helpfully describes the ‘five marks of the Anglican Communion’:-

– to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
– to teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
– to respond to human need by loving service;
– to seek to transform unjust structures of society;
– to strive to safeguard the integrity of Creation and sustain and renew the face of the Earth.

A new beginning

The Parliament Magazine assesses the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean:- A new beginning

EU’s ‘spare 1bn euros’ for Africa

BBC: A possible ironical effect of the Common Agriculture Policy: EU’s ‘spare 1bn euros’ for Africa

Taking no for a question: the Irish vote

The Madariaga Foundation. This reflection on the implications of the Irish Referendum in June is written by a good friend of the Jesuit European Office: Taking no for a question: the Irish vote

Sarkozy beaming at birth of Mediterranean Union

EU Observer: Sarkozy beaming at birth of Mediterranean Union

La Bible, le Coran et l’Europe

Le Monde: La Bible, le Coran et l’Europe
Interview avec Henri Madelin

Polish ex-minister Geremek dies

BBC: Polish ex-minister Geremek dies
Bronislaw Geremek, a key anti-communist dissident, former Polish foreign minister, and member of the European Parliament has been killed in a car crash (Sunday July 13th 2008)

An environmentalist’s nightmare

International Herald Tribune: An environmentalist’s nightmare
The environmentalist dream of achieving a more sustainable, balanced and equitable global society…finds itself under threat from all sides

Europe’s Tory nightmare

The Economist: Europe’s Tory nightmare
Brussels is not prepared for what might hit it if Britain’s Conservative Party wins the next election