Ways of Life and Freedom of Religion

  Religious Freedom is rapidly becoming a high priority issue in the EU and elsewhere. In today's post, Frank Ubachs explores some of these developments, particularly in relation to the Netherlands, ahead of a special workshop being facilitated by the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain in Utrecht today. At the end of last …

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A Matter of Conscience? Abortion Access and Conscientious Objection in the European Union

Religious freedom is becoming an increasingly significant issue in the European Union. Last year saw the adoption of the EU Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and governments such as the Netherlands, the UK, France and Germany are placing renewed emphasis on religious freedom in their foreign policy. In today's post, Katie Casey explores …

Globalization, Religion and Humanity Beyond the Nation-State

Recent tragic drownings on migration routes to both Europe and Australia highlight more than ever the paradoxes of globalization – more open borders when it comes to trade and finance, tighter restrictions when it comes to people; immense wealth, privilege and security in some parts of the world and immense poverty, inequality and insecurity in …

Turkey and Religion; included or excluded in the EU?

Today's post shows Ella Sebamalai's reflection on Turkey's accession to the EU. On the one hand she reflects on religion and  secularism as part of the public debate, on the other hand she also illustrates the consequences of specific perceptions. In a crisis custody case between the Dutch government and a Turkish migrant family in the …