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France must stand together

France must stand together

by: Geneviève Jurgensen - La Croix International in World Issues,

 Electing someone in the second round of the French presidential election who represents an open France with a large majority is important for those facing the same radicalization as we are.

Macron is a realistic who tells the truth

Macron is a realistic who tells the truth

by: Sylvie Goulard - The Guardian in World News,

Macron is proudly pro-European. He has taken the “risk” of a founding EU country of not just standing by its commitments to the EU, but proposing to strengthen them. Reform of the EU is needed. Macron is proposing to work with his European partners to strengthen and develop it.

The myth of an inevitable Brexit must be confronted and challenged

The myth of an inevitable Brexit must be confronted and challenged

by: Sir Tom Devine - The Tablet in World Issues,
Brexit, it ain’t necessarily so: The myth of an inevitable Brexit must be confronted and challenged. Despite Lib Dem dissent and doubts in the liberal media, there appears to be a virtual consensus among England’s political establishment that the result of the withdrawal process is not in doubt. Scotland’s leading historian believes this is a myth that must be punctured 
Mary McAleese interview: Border lands - The trouble with Brexit

Mary McAleese interview: Border lands - The trouble with Brexit

by: Lorna Donlon - The Tablet in World Issues,

The former Irish president shares her concerns about Brexit and Europe’s refugee crisis with Lorna Donlon. Mary McAleese, Ireland’s former president, knows what it’s like to flee her home, to be, as she once described it, “a refugee on my own island”. Growing up in the Catholic Ardoyne area of north Belfast in the 1960s and 1970s, she witnessed first-hand the violent sectarianism that ruptured the city, destroying lives and families, and buttressing hatreds and fears that had blighted Northern Ireland for generations.

Pope Francis: address to EU Heads of State and Government

Pope Francis: address to EU Heads of State and Government

by: Vatican Radio in World Issues,

Pope Francis addressed Heads of State and Heads of Government of European Union countries on Friday afternoon, the eve of the 60° anniversary of the signing of the treaties creating the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community – the first major structural steps toward creating the European Union.

Is the idea of a multispeed Europe gaining ground?

Is the idea of a multispeed Europe gaining ground?

by: Céline Schoen and Delphine Nerbollier - La Croix International in World Issues,

Leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Spain met at the Chateau de Versailles outside Paris for a working dinner on Monday. It was an opportunity to demonstrate their unity ahead of a full EU summit starting in Brussels today and to underline their support for the idea that the speed of integration should vary between members states of the bloc.

EU between cohesion and discord at Malta summit

EU between cohesion and discord at Malta summit

by: Jean-Baptiste François, Valletta LaCroix International in World Issues,

Ahead of Friday's informal summit meeting in Valletta, European Council President Donald Tusk made a strident call for unity and pride. It was a response to Brexit and to Donald Trump’s provocations. 

In visit to Kurdistan, U.S. bishop hears priorities of Iraqi Christians

In visit to Kurdistan, U.S. bishop hears priorities of Iraqi Christians

by: Dale Gavlak • Catholic News Service in World Issues,

After meeting with church leaders in northern Iraq, a U.S. bishop said he will advocate differently for Iraqi religious minorities. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, told Catholic News Service by phone that the Iraqi Catholic clergy do not want to see a safe corridor set up for Christians, as some in Washington have suggested.

The United Kingdom is disunited over Brexit

The United Kingdom is disunited over Brexit

by: Agnès Rotivel - LaCroix International in World Issues,

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland attempted to negotiate with Theresa May in Cardiff with regard to their being able to continue to benefit from a European Single Market. In vain, so it would seem.

The danger is that in times of crisis we look for a savior

The danger is that in times of crisis we look for a savior

by: El Pais - Osservatore Romano in World Issues,

On Donald Trump, Pope Francis says: “I don’t like to aniticipate events. Let us see what he does, we can’t be prophets of disasters”. Friday, just when Donald Trump was being sworn in to office in Washington, Pope Francis was giving a long interview to EL PAÍS at the Vatican, during which he was calling for prudence in the face of the alarm bells that were ringing due to the new US president.