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25 November: Dr Lucian Leustean, Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University

Between Byzantium and Brussels: The Politics of Orthodox Churches in the European Union

Abstract

This talk examines the political mobilization of Orthodox Churches in the European Union. After the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, the Orthodox churches of Greece, Romania, and Cyprus have opened representational offices in Brussels. In addition, the Serbian Orthodox Church maintains a staff member as part of the Conference of European Churches, while the Russian Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Patriarchate also have delegates in the Conference. The talk will address religious dialogue in the European Community from the 1950 Schuman Declaration until today; the political typology of Orthodox representations in Brussels and Strasbourg; and policy priorities on issues of ‘religion,’ ‘faith,’ and Orthodoxy in the European Union.