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25th Jun 2017

Polish right party calls for God in Constitution

A reference to God should be placed in the constitutional treaties of the EU, according to the Polish Law and Justice party (PiS). The party urged Polish members of the Convention on the future of the EU to support an inclusion of a reference to Lord, invocatio dei in the future treaties.

"We consider that Europe needs a reliable spirit and moral fundament. Europe’s political unity cannot be built without cultural unity which core is a relationship with God," the PiS party stated. The party believes it follows the thoughts of pope John Paul II. The Law and Justice party is ready to put forward for a parliamentary vote a motion on the subject binding Polish representatives for the Convention.

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  • The Polish delegation is expected to officially propose the Invocatio Dei in a future Constitution of the EU in the early autumn. (Photo: EUobserver)

The Polish delegation is expected to officially propose the Invocatio Dei in a future Constitution of the EU in early autumn. However, confidence is still lacking as to whether it will be supported unanimously, even among Polish members.

Proposal to state Christian roots in Constitution

Polish members of the Convention on EU future are to propose the inclusion of provisions mentioning Christian roots of Europe in the European constitution the body is expected to draft. On Tuesday, Polish members of the Convention, the President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski and the head of the Polish Church discussed issues linked to Poland’s integration into the EU.

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