Tags: Europe

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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". Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »