The Soul of Europe

The Soul of Europe

03 July 2019 | Mario Damen

From 23 to 25 August the tenth Soul of Europe conference – Facing Europe’s Challenges – will take place in Brussels be (in German, English and French).

In light of the course of events over the last decade, it seems that the future of Europe and the EU has never been so much at the centre of people’s attention and forefront of political debate as today. Overwhelmed by recurring economic crises, the influx of refugees, terrorism, strengthened national self-interest and shifting political landscapes, Europe finds itself amidst a number of unprecedented social challenges. Efforts of the European Union to build ‹an ever closer union› based on solidarity among its Member States and the motto to stand ‹united in diversity›, are seriously challenged. In the face of these events, the call for social renewal based on the threefolding ideas set out by Rudolf Steiner a hundred years ago, seems more relevant than ever!

The question arises, however, as to how we can work with these ideas in today’s realities and which human qualities we need in order to develop a sustainable and inclusive future in Europe and beyond.

How can we awaken the transformative power of the individual? One way could be by balancing diversity, solidarity and unity and by exchanging views and ideas for a common vision on Europe’s mission and future.

The tenth Soul of Europe conference in Brussels (BE) is a cooperation of the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum (CH), the Anthroposophical Society in the Netherlands, the Anthroposophical Institute Rudolf Steiner (be) and Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (DE).