Is the European Union Going Deep on Democracy and Religious Freedom?
The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Forthcoming
13 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2014
Date Written: July 13, 2014
In recent years the European Union has begun to explicitly affirm a foreign policy role for freedom of religion or belief (FoRB). The initial reaction to this trend among many scholars and policy analysts has largely been that of caution — if not outright skepticism — regarding the practical import of the changes. However there are signs of continuing momentum. While the EU’s record thus far does not yet reflect a fully comprehensive strategy for integrating FoRB into its broader agenda for promoting deep democracy, it has been able to enlarge the role of FoRB in its external action on a step-by-step basis.
Keywords: EU external relations, religious freedom, deep democracy
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