ADVERTISING
 
Sunday, August 25   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 

 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Italian Evangelical Alliance
 

Reforming Europe, how?

Is the exit-strategy (like the one seen with Brexit) the only way forward amidst the widespread dissatisfaction towards the EU?

FEATURES SOURCES Italian Evangelical Alliance ROME 27 APRIL 2017 08:09 h GMT+1
europe, design Europe. / Wikimedia (CC)

A summary of a reflection of the Commission on Ethics and Society of the Italian Evangelical Alliance on the occasion of the 60th anniversaries of the Treaties of Rome.



 



Sixty years ago (March 25th, 1967) the Treaties of Rome were signed and this event was a boost for European integration. After a bloody war, Europe was transformed into a international space of peace, democracy and welfare for its more than 500 million people. The anniversary gives the opportunity for a reflection on the past and the future of Europe.



 



EVANGELICALS AND EUROPE



The evangelical contribution to the shaping of European identity has been significant at different levels. European culture, politics, and society were largely shaped by Christian values, ideals and people, with the evangelical voice be one among those. It is true to say that Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant actors have given significantly different shades to their “Christian” contribution and these differences cannot be minimized.



While much attention has been given to European ethos and Christian roots, little attention was given to the institutional architecture of the European Union. One of the results of this lack of attention is that while Christians discussed about values and roots the EU grew out of proportion in its claims and competencies over European nations and citizens. Europe was given a parliament without legislative power; the common currency was introduced without the necessary checks and balances given by a political authority; a Commission of non-elected leaders was given authority over millions of people. European bureaucrats and financial interests gave form to the EU institutions without a clear model in front of them.



 



The signature page on the original Treaty of Rome. / Wikimedia (CC)



Anti-european sentiments are spreading out in Europe. Some of them are worrying signs of provincial populism and inward-looking nationalism. However, does not the EU have the responsibility of not being clear on what it stands for and how it wants to achieve its vision? After 60 years the question is: what is the EU? Values and roots are important, but what about the overall institutional architecture?



 



TOWARDS A FEDERAL EUROPE



The nature of the EU is not clear and there is no sign of what the future lies. Much talk of European “integration” is void of institutional content. What does “integration” mean? A European super-state swallowing national sovereignty and differences? A confused system like it is today? Is the exit-strategy (like the one seen with Brexit) the only way forward amidst the widespread dissatisfaction towards the EU?



In 2003 the Italian EA issued a study document inviting evangelicals in Europe to explore the possibility given by federalism as a way forward for Europe as far as its institutional outlook is concerned. In a federal system, citizens vote their representatives to do few things together: foreign policy and common currency and few more things. The rest is left to national states.



Europe should think of itself as a community of peoples and the federal model is the best suited one to coordinate both the global issues that Europe has to face while respecting its diversities.



 



A COMPASS FOR THE FUTURE



It is important to nurture the moral vision of Europe because without it everything else will fall apart. Among the things that shape a moral vision here some important values:



The pursuit of justice requires that financial and economic interests should be always integrated by the respect of fundamental human rights and the welfare of the people. Public policies need to reflect the aspiration for justice.



The importance of intermediate bodies (families, schools, churches, associations, etc.) which are the social infrastructure. The dialectic state-individual citizen should always include a proper space for the flourishing of intermediate bodies.



Religious freedom should respect religious pluralism and grant fair opportunities for all. Pluralism should be seen as a positive feature of a healthy society. Churches should not seek social privileges.



We hope that this 60th anniversary will provide an opportunity for evangelicals to re-engage the debate over the future of Europe with boldness and courage.



 



Read more contents produced by the Italian Evangelical Alliance by visiting their website.



Summary by Valeria Marzano and Leonardo De Chirico.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - - Reforming Europe, how?
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process

The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
How has Christianity influenced the modern world? How has Christianity influenced the modern world?

Paul Copan, Chair of Philosophy and Ethics of Palm Beach Atlantic University, explains how many key features of Western civilization, are the legacy of the biblical faith being lived out by believers in society.

 
Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one' Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one'

Christians from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and North America, from different ethnic backgronds, came together to pray for unity as the body of Christ.

 
How have global missions changed over the last century? How have global missions changed over the last century?

The centre of gravity of Christianity has shifted from Europe to Africa, says Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Director of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation initiative.

 
Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister

Representatives of the National Day of Prayer, the Evangelical Alliance and CARE express the need for churches to pray for the new leadership of a country divided by Brexit and other issues.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.