Author profile: François Foret

François Foret is Professor of Political Science at the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles—ULB) and Jean Monnet Chair (‘Social and Cultural Dimensions of European Integration’, SocEUR) funded by the European Commission. He is also Director of Political Research at the Institute for European Studies—ULB and a researcher at the CEVIPOL. His research interests include: European integration: institutions, politics and policies; European identity and memory; symbolic politics; the role of culture in the legitimization of political orders; interaction between religion and politics. Among his recent publications are: Religion and Politics in the European Union: The Secular Canopy (Cambridge University Press, 2015); ‘Religion and Fundamental Rights in European Politics: Convergences and Divisions at the European Parliament’, Human Rights Review; and ‘Religion at the European Parliament’, Religion, State & Society.

National Religions: How to be Both Under God and Under the European Union?

National Religions: How to be Both Under God and Under the European Union?

Religion may appear elusive in a European Union criticised for its abstraction, but the European context reinforces the national character of religions.

Religion in the EU : How Many Divisions ?

Religion in the EU : How Many Divisions ?

Sociologists present Europe as “an exceptional case” to the extent that religious beliefs and practices have declined there more than in any other part of the world. It does not mean that religion is disappearing. On the contrary, it is becoming more visible in the political and public arenas, in new, individualised and pluralised forms that are less linked to traditional churches.

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