Freedom of Religion or Belief in the Foreign Policy of the European Union, Much Ado About Nothing?
M. A. Glendon, R. Alvira (ed.), Religion and Civil Society: The Changing faces or Religion and Secularity, Forthcoming
15 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2013 Last revised: 2 Jun 2013
Date Written: January 27, 2013
Part One of this article introduces the new European External Action Service. Part Two focuses especially on the recent policies undertaken by the European Union to include the protection of religious freedom or belief in its external action. Part Three compares the action undertaken by EU institutions with the model that served as its source of inspiration, namely the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Part Four offers some tentative conclusions. I will argue that thus far, analyzing the concrete measures approved by EU institutions in the field, the enthusiasm or early critics is not justified. The EU guidelines on freedom of religion or belief will probably only constitute a first minimal step, but more time will be needed to assess the real policy intentions in the field in concreto.
Keywords: Freedom of Religion, European Union
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