Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev – Aleteia

Participating in a London conference on the topic of “The Christian Future of Europe,” Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, head of the External Relations Departments of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate, spoke on September 22 at the Russian Embassy to Great Britain, and his talk was something of a warning to the Churches of the West.

Source: Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev – Aleteia

Excerpts from Metropolitan Hilarion’s speech:

“I would like to remind you all that in Russia before 1917 nobody ever proposed that the collapse of a centuries-old Christian empire would happen and that it would be replaced by an atheistic totalitarian regime. And even when that did happen, few believed that it was serious and for long.

“The modern-day decline of Christianity in the western world may be compared to the situation in the Russian Empire before 1917.

“The revolution and the dramatic events which followed it have deep spiritual, as well as social and political, reasons. Over many years the aristocracy and intelligentsia had abandoned the faith, and were then followed by common people.”

He also added,

“And when half a century after the creation of the European Union its constitution was being written, it would have been natural for the Christian Churches to expect that the role of Christianity as one of the European values to have been included in this document, without encroaching upon the secular nature of the authorities in a unified Europe.

“But, as we know, this did not happen.

“The European Union, when writing its constitution, declined to mention its Christian heritage even in the preamble of the document.

“I firmly believe that a Europe which has renounced Christ will not be able to preserve its cultural and spiritual identity.”

I fear he is correct.

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End of the EU? Wave of populism takes over bloc despite Merkel’s Brexit relief | World | News | Express.co.uk

European Union bosses breathed a sigh of relief when Marine Le Pen was defeated by Emmanuel Macron in France – but new studies have revealed the spread of populism is FAR from over.

Source: End of the EU? Wave of opulism takes over bloc despite Merkel’s Brexit relief | World | News | Express.co.uk

Angela Merkel revealed just last month she was rocked by Brexit, and feared for the future of the EU, but the result of the French presidential election gave her new hope.

However, that hope may be dashed after the findings of Epicenter (the European Policy Information Centre).

Populism is being described as the ‘third force’ in Europe – with right-wing parties gaining renewed support across the bloc.

The Epicenter report revealed the total number of European voters who bucked the Brussels rhetoric and chose an anti-system force at the last political elections was 21.4 percent.

This means 55.8 million people preferred an alternative to traditional political forces – or those preferred by the EU.

Read on for more. More and more people in Europe appear to be waking up to the existential threat posed to European countries’ history, heritage, culture, and way of life by the “soft” invasion unleashed by Merkel and her fellow-travelers (helped along, sadly, by American stupidity in taking down governments – such as Libya, and we’re working on Syria, too – that helped to hold back the tide). But will it be enough, and will it be soon enough, to prevent irreparable harm? That is the question…

Migrant crisis – EU’s top court rules in favour of Dublin Agreement | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

EUROPE’S top court this morning threw a spanner in the works of Brussels attempts to resolve the migrant crisis by ruling that member states have the power to deport asylum seekers back to the first EU country they entered.

Source: Migrant crisis – EU’s top court rules in favour of Dublin Agreement | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

In an eagerly awaited ruling judges at the ECJ confirmed that Austria and Slovenia can send migrants back to Croatia to have their asylum cases determined there instead. 

I am sorry for Croatia, which I’m sure is feeling overwhelmed – ditto Italy and Greece – but this is a victory for both national sovereignty and for the preservation of Europe’s cultural and historical integrity, as well as for Austria.

My question is, why are “hundreds of thousands” of migrants being allowed into Europe at all? They have to come from somewhere – that is, have ingress points – and they have to be let in by someone. If you don’t let them in, in the first place, you don’t have to decide their status! And if it’s “the law” that you have to let them in, then “the law” needs to be changed.

I am opposed in principle to this absurd and very recent notion that any nation is under obligation to accept anyone, regardless of circumstances, within their borders. If they choose to do so, on humanitarian grounds, that’s their choice; but trying to legally require it? Ridiculous, and dangerous.

Brexit: what’s happening, what should happen

Six Brexit Tests - UKIP

It is closing on a year since Britain’s historic “Brexit” vote, when a majority of Britons – 52% to 48% across the UK, 53.4% to 46.6% in England itself – voted to separate from the European Union (“Leave”), in a referendum in which more than 30 million people, nearly 72% of the British electorate, voted: the largest number of people to vote in any referendum or election in British history, according to reports at the time.

Yet what has happened in that time? Sadly, for many “Leave” proponents (the Anglophilic Anglican included, though I am not a British subject), not nearly as much as had been hoped. Prime Minister Theresa May did trigger Article 50, beginning the two-year process of disengaging, on March 29th, and it was signed by the Queen. Since then not much appears to be happening, at least in view of the public (though what is going on behind closed doors is always difficult or impossible to determine).

In an attempt to move things along, UKIP – the United Kingdom Independence Party, the biggest and most influential single organization to back Brexit – has issued the above brief manifesto, outlining six “Tests” to make sure Britain regains full sovereignty in the areas of law (restoring to the British Parliament powers that had been ceded to the EU), immigration and border control, territorial waters, international trade, and finance, and ensuring that this process is completed within the mandated two years.

Seems reasonable to me! It also seems to me a shame that any entity has to issue a “call” to such elementary, common-sense basics.

Brexit news – British politicians react with fury to Spain-EU power grab over Gibraltar | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

British politicians today insisted they would not be “bullied” over the future of Gibraltar as Spain launched a shameless attempt to exploit Brexit and seize back the Rock.

Source: Brexit news – British politicians react with fury to Spain-EU power grab over Gibraltar | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

More on the Gibraltar situation, as Brexit negotiations with the EU loom…

Madrid signalled it could look to browbeat the tiny territory into submission and force it to switch allegiances by starving its people and business of access to the single market.

This morning it emerged the Spanish have secured a special veto over Gibraltar’s future relationship with Europe, meaning it can prevent any post-Brexit trade deal with the UK from applying there.

The bombshell clause, buried deep in the EU’s negotiating guidelines, caught British officials completely by surprise and is already threatening to sour the start of the divorce negotiations.

British politicians reacted with understandable outrage:

It provoked an immediate response from Westminster where MPs said that Gibraltar’s 30,000 strong population, who overwhelmingly backed Remain but also want to stay British, must not be used as bargaining chips. Influential Tory backbencher Andrew Rosindell, who is the vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gibraltar, said if Spain tried to stop the Rock being part of any Brexit deal the UK would simply walk away from the table. 

He fumed: “An agreement without including Gibraltar means there can be no agreement. British people must and will stand together, we cannot be bullied by Spain.

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