The European Union (EU) has appointed a man tasked with imposing ‘European values’ on the entire globe, and solving time-old divisions over culture, and religious conflict.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker named the new ‘Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU’ at the Vatican on Friday.
Mr. Ján Figeľ served as the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth before becoming the First Deputy-Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic in 2010.
Speaking at the Vatican on the occasion of the award of the Charlemagne Prize for European integration to Pope Francis, President Juncker seemed optimistic about the new grandiose initiative and monumental task before Mr. Figel:
“Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental right which is part of the foundation of the European Union. The persistent persecution of religious and ethnic minorities makes protecting and promoting this freedom inside and outside the EU all the more essential”, he said.