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Europe must remain a safe place for #Muslim reformers

Europe must remain a safe place for #Muslim reformers

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Liberal democracy is in a parlous state. In America, Donald Trump is making his mark even before he enters the Oval Office. In Europe – despite heartening news from Austria – demagogues have the wind in their sails, writes Shada Islam. Meanwhile, free-thinking, liberal Muslim thought leaders and reformers are struggling to live and work […]

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Who fears the lady in the #burkini?

Who fears the lady in the #burkini?

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

In Europe, however beset by the continued weakness of the euro, Britain’s vote to defect from the European Union and the rise of the far right, a vacation is a right for oneself, a duty to one’s family. In Italy, especially, the beach doesn’t just beckon – it commands attendance, writes John Lloyd. On the […]

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European Parliament President Martin Schulz promises to help protect Christians wherever possible

European Parliament President Martin Schulz promises to help protect Christians wherever possible

| December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

“I can assure you that Parliament will make its contribution wherever it can to protect Christians,” said European Parliament President Martin Schulz, closing Tuesday’s (1 December) conference on inter-faith dialogue and the situation of Christians around the world. The meeting, organized by Parliament Vice President Antonio Tajani, focused on the persecution of Christians around the […]

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Hindus seek recall of Spanish dictionary labelling gypsies as ‘cheats’ and ‘liars’

Hindus seek recall of Spanish dictionary labelling gypsies as ‘cheats’ and ‘liars’

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hindus say that the recently released 23rd edition of the prestigious Royal Spanish Academy Dictionary of the Spanish Language reportedly labeling gypsies as liars and cheats is “appalling”. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (US) today (19 November), said that branding the entire community of around 15 million gypsies as liars and […]

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Pope Francis’s visit to Israel: Important milestone in deepening relations with the Catholic Church

Pope Francis’s visit to Israel: Important milestone in deepening relations with the Catholic Church

The visit of Pope Francis to Israel on 25-26 May will mark an important milestone in the deepening relationship between the Catholic Church, Israel and the Jewish people.  The pontiff will arrive Sunday afternoon at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. From there he will directly travel to Jerusalem by helicopter.  Pope Francis announced his pilgrimage […]

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Commission, Parliament and European Council bring together non-confessional organisations to discuss European citizenship

Commission, Parliament and European Council bring together non-confessional organisations to discuss European citizenship

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

On 5 November, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso hosted a meeting with around 20 representatives from philosophical and non-confessional organisations in the Commission’s headquarters in Brussels. This high-level meeting, taking place in the context of the European Year of Citizens 2013, was called under the motto ‘Putting citizens at the heart of the European […]

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