Press Release

30 November 2012

The next debate in the Making Politics Matter series takes place next week looking at the role of spirituality in modern Europe.

Dr Michael Kuhn, a member of The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) will lead the debate, questioning if spirituality in Europe is more important than ever as the EU faces one of its most troubling times.

Dr Soeren Keil, Lecturer in International Relations, said: “Europe is in the worst crisis since the creation of the European Community in the 1950s. The project of European integration faces the challenge of a global economic crisis and a simultaneous internal crisis, which focuses particularly around the common currency of the Euro.

“However, observers have noted that Europe is in a deeper crisis and that it is about more than just economics, Europe is in a crisis of identity. What is the future of the EU? Will Europe indeed run the 21st century, as Mark Leonard claimed a few years back? Or will the EU fall apart and new forms of nationalism will arise?

“We’re delighted to welcome Dr Michael Kuhn to the University where he will discuss these questions in the context of spirituality. Focusing on former European Commission President Jacques Delors' request for a "Soul for Europe" and on the demand for a new ideological framework for European integration by German Constitutional Court Judge Andreas Vosskuhle, Dr Kuhn will discuss why questions about Spirituality in Europe are more important than ever today, and how this can help us to address the challenges of the future. Everyone is welcome to join us in the debate.”

Making Politics Matter: The Role of Spirituality in Modern Europe takes place on Wednesday, 5th December 2012, 6-8pm, Old Sessions House, Og32.

For further information contact Dr Soeren Keil:  


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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