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Europe and the Christian Orthodoxy

by Thomas Rachel, Radu Constantin Miron

Statements given by Thomas Rachel (MdB) and Archpriest Radu Constantin Miron

Outside Europe, anti-Western narratives are often disseminated in Orthodox circles, whereas in Europe, concerns of Christian Orthodoxy are not uncommonly being overlooked. This problem of lack of mutual understanding is particularly evident in geopolitical conflicts with religious elements, such as the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine or restrictions on religious freedom in Turkey. What can European politics and the Orthodox churches do to improve this relationship?
Christian Orthodoxy in its diversity is hardly perceived in many member countries of the EU. At the same time, Europe and the European Union often have a hard time with (non-European) Orthodox Christians. In their statements at the Religious Policy Breakfast in Karlsruhe on the occasion of the 11th Plenary Assembly of the World Council of Churches, the spokesman for church and religious communities of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Thomas Rachel, and the archpriest of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Radu Constantin Miron, analyzed the relationship between Europe and Christian OrthodoxyIn both speeches, it became particularly clear how closely connected the two sides have always been and still are. In order to overcome the difficulties in mutual perception and evaluation, both sides must therefore become aware of their kinship and develop a new willingness to learn from each other. In concrete terms, Orthodox churches can become bridges for communication with non-European countries for politics.

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