Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum
Posted: Thu, 15 Aug 2013
New Belgian regulations that compel religious schools to teach the country's mandatory curriculum in full have been criticised by ultra-Orthodox Charedi Jews.
Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013
Switzerland wants to get rid of its old-fashioned "hymn-like" national anthem and replace it with a modern, secular version.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013
The Catalan Government has announced that it will control the wearing of burkas and other face-coverings such as helmets and masks in public spaces "for reasons of public safety".
Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013
This week, the EU Council of Foreign Affairs adopted a report offering guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief, with the aim of promoting the fundamental human right to freedom of religion or belief in countries beyond EU borders.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013
Top writers, film-makers and artists in the Czech Republic are asking the Pope to practise what he preaches and to prevent the Czech Government from returning state-owned property to the country's Catholic Church.
Majority of Europeans favour separation of church and state, but Islam has an uphill battle for acceptance in Germany
Posted: Thu, 02 May 2013
A major new study of attitudes towards religion around the world has been conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation – and finds that the majority of people in all the 13 nations surveyed favour a clear separation between religion and the state.
Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
The Catholic Church in Austria has reacted "with satisfaction" at the failure of a referendum that sought to strip churches of their many privileges.
Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
New legislation, inspired by the German "church tax" model, will soon allow all Romanian citizens to direct a part of their income tax to the churches or other organisations of their choosing.
Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
The EU ombudsman has upheld complaint by the European Humanist Federation that the European Commission has failed to comply with an EU Treaty which requires the EU to conduct a "regular, open and transparent dialogue with churches, religious communities as well as philosophical and non-confessional organisations."
EU Commissioner says blasphemy laws are undesirable in the EU, but it’s up to individual states to decide whether they implement them
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
The EU Commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, Vivianne Reding, has said that blasphemy laws and other such restrictions are not acceptable and pose a threat to free speech.
European Commission to investigate complaints concerning employment discrimination in ‘faith’ schools
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
The European Commission is to investigate complaints submitted by the National Secular Society concerning whether UK legislation relating to state funded 'faith' schools breaches European employment laws in relation to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.
Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected three of the four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace. The ruling has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.
Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012
The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has commissioned an opinion poll to find out what Germans think about Muslims. Generally, the results are regarded as "catastrophic".
Posted: Fri, 30 Nov 2012
The Dutch parliament has accepted a motion that will abolish the law that makes it an offence to insult God. Supporters of the motion say that they are confident that they have enough support for it to pass easily.
Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012
The Presidents of the European Council and European Commission today heard a plea for greater protection for pregnant women's right to life following the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland.
Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012
The Austrian bishops conference held its plenary meeting in Brussels this month because it wants to be nearer the EU – where it hopes to increase its influence.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012
Members of the European Parliament have this week examined Tonio Borg's bid to join the European Commission. Alarm has been raised about Mr Borg's performance in his home country of Malta, where he has opposed women's rights, gay rights and issues such as contraception and abortion.
Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012
Poland's harsh anti-abortion laws were condemned this week by the European Court of Human Rights after an almost unbelievably callous series of events were inflicted on a teenage victim of rape.
Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012
Secular groups around Europe are preparing to oppose the nomination of the Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister Tonio Borg to replace the recently resigned European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.