Religious and military ceremonies in the honor of the Romanian Heroes

On 17 May 2018, the Embassy of Romania in Belgium together with the Romanian National Military Representative to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE) organized a ceremony to honor the Romanian Heroes fallen on the Belgian battlefields during the First World War. The ceremony took place at the Communal Cemetery in Mons and included a liturgical service led by Fr. Gabriel Pop from the Permanent Office of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions, followed by the intonation of the Romanian and Belgian National Anthems, and the Hymn of Heroes. In the presence of the Deputy Commander, the members of the Romanian National Military Representative, the Romanian Ch

Current challenges on freedom of expression in Europe

In order to reduce conflicts and foster a civilized discourse, over the last few years many European countries have issued a series of hate speech laws. Although nowadays it has entered popular use, the term “hate speech” cannot be found in the language of the major international treaties on human rights; in addition, the proper meaning of the term has not yet been clearly defined by the European Court of Human Rights. National laws and IT companies ascribe to the term “hate speech” different connotations such as “insult”, “belittle,” and “offend”; but their interpretation of this term is rather arbitrary. It is precisely in this context that the Euractiv Media Network and the ADF Internatio

Conference in the European Parliament on the Ethics of Reproductive Medicine

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018 the Council of the Community of Protestants Churches in Europe (CPCE) presented its book “Before I formed you in the womb…” at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was hosted by MEP Margrete Auken, Group of Greens/European Free Alliance, with the support of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The book is a guide to the ethics of reproductive medicine and represents the outcome of more than three years of scientific research conducted by the CPCE Expert Group on Ethics. Opening the conference, Prof. Dr. Neil Messer (University of Winchester), offered a general introduction into the guide by mentioning the medical and scientific context, the social

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