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Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

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.

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

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".

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

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.

European Commission failed to implement properly Article 17 in EHF case says EU Ombudsman

European Commission failed to implement properly Article 17 in EHF case says EU Ombudsman

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

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

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.

NSS call on EU Presidents to protect women's right to life

NSS call on EU Presidents to protect women's right to life

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.

Austrian Cardinal relocates to Brussels to insert Catholicism into EU policy-making

Austrian Cardinal relocates to Brussels to insert Catholicism into EU policy-making

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.

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

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.

Callous treatment of raped girl in Poland leads to condemnation in Human Rights Court

Callous treatment of raped girl in Poland leads to condemnation in Human Rights Court

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.

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

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.