Cooperation with Religious Institutions as a European Policy Tool

7 June 2019. From 10:30 | Workshop | English | EEAS, Brussels
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For at least three decades now religion has been re-entering the public sphere and politics in Europe and globally. Its re-emergence, however, bears little resemblance to the past when the religion-state coupling was unequivocal.
This event, hosted by European External Action Service, marks the launching of a Joint Policy Study “Cooperation with Religious Institutions as a European Policy Tool”, edited by the EuroMeSCo network and coordinated by Patrycja Sasnal, head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at PISM – Polish Institute of International Affairs.
The Joint Policy Study takes an institutionalist view of state-religion relations, although religious institutions are defined in a broad sense and encompass both official and unofficial religion. The chapters in the study provide both more generalised overviews and case studies to cover all levels of state-religion relations in Europe and MENA: (1) relations between state and religious institutions in Europe ; (2) relations between state and religious institutions in the Maghreb; (3) relations between institutions of different religions (the Vatican and al-Azhar); and (4) the role of Muslim religious institutions in advancing a state policy in an EU member state.


Patrycja Sasnal

Head of Project The Polish Institute of International Affairs

Georges Fahmi

Researcher European University Institute

Yasemine El Menouar

Associate Researcher German Council on Foreign Relations

Sergio Altuna

Associate Analyst Real Instituto Elcano