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Sarkozy’s smoke and mirrors promises to religious leaders

Sarkozy’s smoke and mirrors promises to religious leaders

Posted: Fri, 03 Feb 2012

As the French election draws near, President Nicolas Sarkozy is suddenly very enthusiastic for religion to play an important role in "public life".

Vatican back in charge in Spain as Government promises to roll back abortion reforms

Vatican back in charge in Spain as Government promises to roll back abortion reforms

Posted: Fri, 03 Feb 2012

Spain's new right-wing government, headed by the People's Party, has announced that it will seek to reform the nation's abortion law, which permits abortion on demand during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and allows minors to obtain the procedure without parental permission.

Secularism under attack from European Parliament President

Secularism under attack from European Parliament President

Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012

The President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, has launched a vicious attack on secularism during a European prayer breakfast.

Czech churches to receive massive compensation at the expense of struggling economy

Czech churches to receive massive compensation at the expense of struggling economy

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2012

The Czech government approved a plan on Wednesday to return property confiscated from churches during the 1948-1989 communist era, a deputy prime minister said, overcoming a dispute that had threatened to topple the cabinet.

Poland adjusting to a more secular age

Poland adjusting to a more secular age

Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012

The Catholic Church in Poland was shaken to its foundations in October last year, when one in ten Poles who voted in the general election cast their vote for the anti-clerical Palikot Movement.

Secularists criticise supposed EU dialogue with non-believers as biased

Secularists criticise supposed EU dialogue with non-believers as biased

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2011

This year's Secularist of the Year winner, Sophie in 't Veld MEP, stormed out of a meeting at the European Parliament on Wednesday saying that it was biased against secularists and others who had no religious faith.