6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Is Europe Post-Secular? Religion and Politics in the European Union

Recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels have put religion back on the European agenda. François Foret will discuss his book, Religion and Politics in the European Union: The Secular Canopy, which analyzes the place and influence of religion in European politics. He presents the first ever data collected on the religious beliefs of European decision makers and how they act on these beliefs. Discussing popular assumptions such as the resurgence of religion, aggressive European secularism, and religious lobbying, Foret offers objective data and frameworks to analyze major issues in the contemporary political debate.


  • Francois Foret

    Former Public Policy Scholar
    Associate Professor in Political Science, Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Director of Political Research, Institute of European Studies, ULB.
  • James Hollifield

    Global Fellow
    Professor of Political Science, Arnold Chair in International Political Economy, and Director, Tower Center, SMU