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Laicity (secularism): A Highly efficient instrument of social peace

by Masha Loyak 17/03/2006   With the French law against conspicuous religious signs, the outer world gets a glimpse of a key-instrument of France’s social-engineering invented along centuries of internal conflicts : laicity. At a time of growing internal and international social conflicts, it may be good news that this French ...

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Languages and EU democratisation: the need for an efficient strategy

by Franck Biancheri 20/01/2006   Discussions, debates are the core of democracy. Language is the instrument for discussing. Languages are therefore at the very core of any EU democratisation process. When you go around Europe and discuss with people on the future of Europe, as I did for instance during ...

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A Test Case for the European Union? The Trial of Orhan Pamuk

by Dr Harry Hagopian 28/12/2005 The trial of Orhan Pamuk had barely started in Istanbul, Turkey, on 16 December 2005, when the presiding judge adjourned the proceedings until 7 February 2006. Few are the media-savvy and news-conscious Europeans across much of the Union who will not have heard of Orhan ...

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France: “the suburban effect”

by Thierry Warin 18/11/2005   There are two ways in French to talk about suburbs : “la banlieue” and “en banlieue.” Say you live in “la banlieue,” and everybody knows it is in a public housing project. Say you live “en banlieue,” and it is likely to be outside Paris, for ...

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What immigration policy for the Europe we want to build?

by Harald Greib 16/11/2005 After the influx of survivors of civil wars in the Balkans into Europe, the wrecks full of Africans stranded on the beaches of Andalusia, the attacks on the border barriers of Spanish enclaves in Morocco, it is today the riots in the French suburbs that have ...

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