religion

Between Jewish Traditions and Liberal Democracy: The Israeli Dilemma

Israel is defined as a “Jewish and Democratic State”. What does that mean for people’s everyday life? Tzivia shares her perspective on the triangular relationship between society, institutionalized religion and personal belief in Israel and gives an insight into the tensions between ideas and values of a modern liberal democracy and religious traditions.

Churches in Germany: From Absence to Presence?

Germany is not a religious state. It does not have a state religion or state church. The number of registered church member is declining year by year. But which role do the churches play in public discussions? What does being practitioner of a religion mean for a young German and where to find interactions? Gregor shares his perspective on the triangular relationship between policy, churches and personal belief.

Abortion in Ireland: The Upcoming Referendum

Pro-Choice or Pro-Life? This divisive question concerning women’s reproductive rights is taking centre-stage in Europe: In March 2018, ten thousands took to the streets in Poland protesting against the toughening of the already strictest abortion laws in Europe. At the same time in Germany a heated discussion is going on about the laws governing the access to reliable and neutral information on the termination of unwanted pregnancies. And in Ireland, the government will hold a referendum on 25 May 2018 concerning the repeal or retention of the Eighth Amendment, which only allows terminations of pregnancies if the life of the mother is in danger. Our author Sarah Scott interviewed three 18-year-old Irish students about the upcoming referendum in Ireland, the influence of the Catholic Church...[Read More]

Food and Faith: Practising religion during the Summit

Going to the synagogue three times a day, praying with a branch of a palm tree and eating kosher food. Orthodox Judaism demands many rules to be obeyed. Shahar from Israel, an orthodox Jew himself, explains how he managed to keep his lifestyle while attending the EUSTORY Summit:    

Divide and rule

Setting up state systems based on ethnicity or race can have positive effects argued Martin on the example of Singapore. However, dividing a people accordingly can have severe consequences for the social cohesion too, affecting school children as much as the political elites. The case of Bosnia-Herzegovina…

What can we learn from Singapore? Lessons on Multiculturalism

A state system based on the classification of race actually works? Martin from Bulgaria studied for one year in multicultural Singapore and discovered the key to its social cohesion. Find out how the country benefits from its diversity, but also consider: are there disadvantages? Could a similar approach work in Europe?