Religious actors are becoming part of the EU bureaucratic system, and their mobilisation in Brussels and Strasbourg in the last decade has increased dramatically. This book explores the mechanism and impact of religious representation by examining relations between religious practitioners and politicians in the European Union from the Second World War until today.

This book seeks to answer the following questions: How do (trans)national religious groups enter into contact with European institutions? What are the rationale and the mechanisms of religious representation in the European Union? How are religious values transposed into political strategies? What impact has relations between religious practitioners, EU officials and politicians on the construction of the European Union?

Examining religious representation at the state, transnational and institutional levels, this volume demonstrates that ‘faith’ is becoming an increasingly important element of the decision-making process. It includes chapters written by both academics and religious practitioners in dialogue with European institutions and will be of great interest to students and scholars of European politics, history, sociology of religion, law and international relations.

chapter 1|31 pages

Does God matter in the European Union?

ByLucian N. Leustean

part I|41 pages

Religion and politics in the European Union

chapter 2|12 pages

Political realism and Roman Catholic faith in the construction of Europe

Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Charles de Gaulle
ByMichael Sutton

chapter 3|13 pages

Deus ex machina

Representing God on the stage of the European Union
ByJohn T. S. Madeley

chapter 4|14 pages

Turkey and Europe

Religion, nationalism and international relations
ByJeffrey Haynes

part II|61 pages

Representing churches, religions and communities of conviction in the European Union

chapter 5|14 pages

The Roman Catholic Church and the European institutions

Dialogue and advocacy at the European Union
ByFrank Turner

chapter 6|14 pages

From Athens and Berlin to Brussels

Reflections on community knowledge and dialogue between the EU institutions and the churches
ByGary Wilton

chapter 7|12 pages

The dialogue of churches with European political institutions

Does it matter?
ByPeter Pavlovic

chapter 8|5 pages

Religion and the European Union

ByTariq Ramadan

chapter 9|14 pages

Article 17

Reasons for concern
ByDavid Pollock

part III|27 pages

Representing religion

chapter 10|13 pages

Eurosceptic allies or Euroenthusiast friends?

The political discourse of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland
BySimona Guerra

part IV|32 pages

Representing religion

chapter 12|16 pages

The Western paradox

Why the United States is more religious but less Christian than Europe
ByAdrian Pabst

chapter 13|14 pages

Why Brussels is neither Washington nor Berlin

Political Catholicism in differing political systems
ByAntonius Liedhegener

part V|37 pages

Representing religion

chapter 14|16 pages

How many roads lead to Brussels?

The political mobilisation of religious organisations within the European public sphere
ByFriederike Böllmann

chapter 15|19 pages

Religious contributions to law-and policy-making in a secular political order

The approach of European institutions
ByRonan McCrea