chapter  8
State and Religion in Europe
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Ever since the ‘idea of Europe’1 began to become a concrete historical reality about halfway through the last century, with the formation, development and evolution – still in progress – of two political and institutional realities now represented by the European Council (with its 47 Member States) and by the European Union (with its 27 Member States), relations between Church and State have been marked by events that have not always developed in a linear way.