Working Notes

The Publication of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

Working Notes is a journal published by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. The journal focuses on social, economic and theological analysis of Irish society, particularly on our four main issue areas, which can be found here. Below is the most recent issue published, however it has been produced three times a year since 1987, and all of the articles are available in full on this site.

74cover'Issues for the New EU Parliament?' Issue 74, May 2014

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This issue of Working Notes is devoted to consideration of some key issues facing the European Union, in the context of the election of a new European Parliament in May 2014 and the coming into office of a new European Commission in October 2014.

In different ways, the articles in this issue point to an underlying unease and uncertainty concerning the future of the European Union, and a sense that this future is unlikely to be as envisaged or assumed during the years when EU expansion and deepening of integration were proceeding rapidly. As the contributors show, the policies of the five years of the new Parliament’s lifetime will be shaped by the necessity to continue the slow and complex process of dealing with the underlying problems that came to the surface as a result of the financial crisis, including the design flaws in the euro, the on-going debt problems of many Member States, and the banking crisis. Compounding the difficulty of addressing these issues is the fact that there has been a decline in public trust and confidence in ‘the European project’ – in parallel with a general decline in trust in politics and politicians at national level – and this is likely to find expression in a marked increase in the number of members of the European Parliament who are ‘sceptical’ of the current model of integration.

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Unemployment and the European Union

Elections 2014: A Turning Point for the European Social Model

Interview with James K. Galbraith

The Social Dimension of Europe: Withered on the Vine?

Interview with Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament

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