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Symposium on spirituality and politics


The Schuman Symposium is normally held annually to explore  the spiritual dimension of the values of the European project, including human dignity and solidarity, and of the necessity of this dimension for the common good in Europe and globally.

The symposium has thus far begun with an address focusing on some aspect of spirituality and politics, particularly around the person and career of Robert Schuman, followed by a personal testimony by a leading public figure on spirituality as lifesource for their political engagement. A panel of informed observers have then reviewed the past year and previewed the coming year in terms of the promotion or otherwise of these values within Europe.

The 2017 Schuman Symposium, to have been held on Tuesday December 5, 2017 this year, has unfortunately been cancelled due to the personal circumstances of Schuman Centre staff. Jeff and Romkje Fountain will be moving from Heerde to Amsterdam on December 5, a date set by the moving company. The European office of the Schuman Centre will be re-settled in Amsterdam, signalling a season of evaluation of the activities and fruit of the Schuman Centre since its start in 2010.

We expect to continue the Schuman Symposium in some form in 2018.

Apologies to anyone inconvenienced by this cancellation.