Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Chair of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, EKD) and Bishop Ralf Meister, Senior Bishop of the United Protestant Lutheran Church in Germany (Vereinigte Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, VELKD) regret the British decision to leave the European Union.
In her annual report on the first day of synod, Irmgard Schwaetzer, president of the synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), referred to the new dimension of peace ethics. The current issues are only partially comparable with those facing us at the time of the Cold War, said Schwaetzer. “We need a debate on peace ethics”, she stated.
Europe must stop people drowning in the Mediterranean. Not sometime in the future, but this year. A political emergency solution is needed, a Europe-wide mechanism for distributing those saved from distress at sea.