Coexistance

European Parliament calls for progress towards peace between secure Israel & independent and contiguous Palestine

As an inhabitant of the Brussels ‘bubble’, I would say that every week brings something interesting. This year has been particularly eventful with the elections for the European Parliament and then the restructuring of the European Commission. This final week

Coexistance

European Parliament calls for progress towards peace between secure Israel & independent and contiguous Palestine

As an inhabitant of the Brussels ‘bubble’, I would say that every week brings something interesting. This year has been particularly eventful with the elections for the European Parliament and then the restructuring of the European Commission. This final week

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Imagine….

“The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded.” — Ban Ki-moon I recently discovered that, according to the European Defence Agency, in 2012 EU governments spent 190 billion euro on war and preparations for war.[1] Not everyone thinks that this

White doves

Imagine….

“The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded.” — Ban Ki-moon I recently discovered that, according to the European Defence Agency, in 2012 EU governments spent 190 billion euro on war and preparations for war.[1] Not everyone thinks that this

Italian Prison. Image Credit: Lendog, Creative Commons.

Imprisoned without good cause: Pre-trial detention in the EU

Almost 500,000 people are imprisoned in European Union Member States. One quarter of these (120,000 people) have not yet had a trial to judge their guilt or innocence: they are in pre-trial detention. QCEA has published a background paper to

Italian Prison. Image Credit: Lendog, Creative Commons.

Imprisoned without good cause: Pre-trial detention in the EU

Almost 500,000 people are imprisoned in European Union Member States. One quarter of these (120,000 people) have not yet had a trial to judge their guilt or innocence: they are in pre-trial detention. QCEA has published a background paper to

Image Credit: Jônatas Cunha, Creative Commons

Looking deeper within: Renewing the EU Internal Security Strategy

The European Union’s Internal Security Strategy outlines how the EU seeks to address transnational crime and security challenges, which include terrorism and organised crime. The Strategy was agreed by the European Council (heads of government of each EU Member State)

Image Credit: Jônatas Cunha, Creative Commons

Looking deeper within: Renewing the EU Internal Security Strategy

The European Union’s Internal Security Strategy outlines how the EU seeks to address transnational crime and security challenges, which include terrorism and organised crime. The Strategy was agreed by the European Council (heads of government of each EU Member State)

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Maintaining a Quaker voice in a “growth and jobs” narrative

The European Commission is currently running a consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy for economic growth and job creation, and QCEA published its answers last Wednesday (15th October). QCEA focussed on the environmental and climate targets within the strategy. They

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Maintaining a Quaker voice in a “growth and jobs” narrative

The European Commission is currently running a consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy for economic growth and job creation, and QCEA published its answers last Wednesday (15th October). QCEA focussed on the environmental and climate targets within the strategy. They

The Commission is planning to increase EU funding for military research.
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New Plans to Increase EU Military Research Funding

Plans to increase military research funding were on the agenda when the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence met in Brussels on Monday (13 October 2014). This committee is made up of thirty MEPs who meet to scrutinise the

The Commission is planning to increase EU funding for military research.
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Licensed under Creative Commons licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

New Plans to Increase EU Military Research Funding

Plans to increase military research funding were on the agenda when the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence met in Brussels on Monday (13 October 2014). This committee is made up of thirty MEPs who meet to scrutinise the

Discussion between Miguel Arias Cañete, on the right, and Jean-

New Commission under the spotlight

The new European Parliament was elected in May, but the formation of the new Commission – the EU’s civil service and where legislation originates – is still going on. And, in case you are wondering, there is still time to

Discussion between Miguel Arias Cañete, on the right, and Jean-

New Commission under the spotlight

The new European Parliament was elected in May, but the formation of the new Commission – the EU’s civil service and where legislation originates – is still going on. And, in case you are wondering, there is still time to

Quakers in Vienna on a peace trail.

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Update 30 August: The European Council meeting has ended with the announcement that Poland’s Donald Tusk has been named the President of the European Council and Italy’s Frederica Mogherini as the new EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security

Quakers in Vienna on a peace trail.

Euro Top

Update 30 August: The European Council meeting has ended with the announcement that Poland’s Donald Tusk has been named the President of the European Council and Italy’s Frederica Mogherini as the new EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security

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Trading for injustice

The EU is working on developing free trade agreements with many countries of the world, from Canada possibly to China. QCEA (and others) have written about our concerns regarding special tribunals to protect investors whose profit expectations are undermined by

wariat_Racing_Market_Basket

Trading for injustice

The EU is working on developing free trade agreements with many countries of the world, from Canada possibly to China. QCEA (and others) have written about our concerns regarding special tribunals to protect investors whose profit expectations are undermined by

occupychristmas

Liberating People instead of Trade

They tell us that the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union (EU) and Canada has been finalised – but not what the text is. In fact, if you search on the European Commission website for CETA, you

occupychristmas

Liberating People instead of Trade

They tell us that the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union (EU) and Canada has been finalised – but not what the text is. In fact, if you search on the European Commission website for CETA, you