‘The public, shared moral heart of Europe was never allowed to beat and the inevitable has happened: the patient is struggling for life.’ Donald Reeves recently attended the Compas workshop where their final report ‘Building a Good Europe‘ was released and discussed in a series of workshops. Recent events throughout the
Baroness Anelay of St Johns, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has provided the following answer to Raymond Hylton (who accompanied the Soul of Europe on previous visits to Bosnia) written parliamentary question (HL122): Question: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent reconstruction and reopening of the
Ferhadija – The Untold Story A film made for Bosnia TV about the Ferhadija Mosque Project featuring Souldof Europe Founders Donald Reeves and Peter Pelz
Peter Pelz, co-director of the Soul of Europe, Lord Hylton, our patron, Ferre Westermanns, a trained diplomat from the Netherlands, together with our colleagues in Bosnia, Adnan Jabucar, Anel Alisic, and Zoran Dukic and myself were the guests of the Islamic community at the inauguration of the Ferhadija Mosque.
An update on all of our work over 2015. We especially want to share one day which stood out among all our activities. On the 29th October we returned to Banja Luka and saw the Ferhadija Mosque now reconstructed as it was in 1579. Even though our direct involvement with the Ferhadija had ended some years ago, Dr Mustafa Ceric the former Grand Mufti of Bosnia said publicly many times: ‘Without the Soul of Europe there would be no Ferhadija.’
Last week I saw photographs of the newly re-built and restored Ferhadija Mosque in Banja Luka, north-west Bosnia and I would like to join in offering thanks to all those who helped to achieve the reconstruction of these two outstanding features of Bosnia.
A recent letter to the Church Times recalling the events at Srebrenica twenty years ago.
Bosnia is approaching another critical period and the scale of the problems facing this small, battered and beautiful country are immense. Soul of Europe aims to ensure that the widespread concerns and demands of Bosnian citizens are placed at the heart of public debate, public policy making and political activity through a proposed National Conference.