Religion at the European Parliament (RelEP)


Lead by Prof. Dr. Francois Foret (ULB, Belgium)


Collaborating partner for Germany.

Team Members: Eva-Maria Euchner, Carla Herrmann, Eileen Böhringer (ULB).


The purpose of this international research project is to investigate the beliefs of the members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and what they do with these beliefs. Research questions include: Are European elites more secularized than EU citizens and national politicians? Which effects does religion have on the political socialization of MEPs (cross-party structures, religious lobbies) and, conversely, what is the EP’s influence on religion? How do religion, coalition- and decision-making interact at the European level? What happens in the triangular relationship between nation, Europe, and religion?


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