Examples from different parts of Europe indicate the varying success of different approaches. The three charts on the top row show the low representation of ethnic minorities in the police (orange), compared to the general population (blue).  Hidden within national data, the example of London shows the vast difference that exists in some European cities (including Paris and Berlin) between ethnically diverse inner-city populations and the background of police officers in that area. The remainder of the bottom row shows that minorities can be significantly represented in policing, such as through the recruitment methods used in Macedonia and Northern Ireland.

Targeted Action Needed to Tackle Racism

Following last month’s blog on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and their resolution on Racism in European Policing, QCEA examines what is needed to reduce racism in policing. In January QCEA attended the Parliamentary Assembly of the

Examples from different parts of Europe indicate the varying success of different approaches. The three charts on the top row show the low representation of ethnic minorities in the police (orange), compared to the general population (blue).  Hidden within national data, the example of London shows the vast difference that exists in some European cities (including Paris and Berlin) between ethnically diverse inner-city populations and the background of police officers in that area. The remainder of the bottom row shows that minorities can be significantly represented in policing, such as through the recruitment methods used in Macedonia and Northern Ireland.

Targeted Action Needed to Tackle Racism

Following last month’s blog on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and their resolution on Racism in European Policing, QCEA examines what is needed to reduce racism in policing. In January QCEA attended the Parliamentary Assembly of the

EuroDrones

Where is the Democratic Control of EU Drone Policy?

Research published today by the Transnational Institute and Statewatch has uncovered European Commission subsidies worth 315 million Euro provided to the defence sector to develop Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones). The approval of this funding was agreed by Heads of Government and

EuroDrones

Where is the Democratic Control of EU Drone Policy?

Research published today by the Transnational Institute and Statewatch has uncovered European Commission subsidies worth 315 million Euro provided to the defence sector to develop Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones). The approval of this funding was agreed by Heads of Government and

Demostration

Israel’s Obligations as an Occupying Power

This is a guest post by Michel Waelbroeck Emeritus Professor of European Law, Université libre de Bruxelles and Emeritus Member of the Institute of International Law, and Willem Aldershoff, Adviser EU-policy Israel/Palestine in Brussels. Many people seem to be unaware

Demostration

Israel’s Obligations as an Occupying Power

This is a guest post by Michel Waelbroeck Emeritus Professor of European Law, Université libre de Bruxelles and Emeritus Member of the Institute of International Law, and Willem Aldershoff, Adviser EU-policy Israel/Palestine in Brussels. Many people seem to be unaware

Council of Europe

“Paper is patient, but nature isn’t”

Last Thursday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), an assembly of national parliamentarians which meets four times a year, debated and agreed two demanding resolutions: on climate change and on energy use. The statements made during the

Council of Europe

“Paper is patient, but nature isn’t”

Last Thursday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), an assembly of national parliamentarians which meets four times a year, debated and agreed two demanding resolutions: on climate change and on energy use. The statements made during the

Council of Europe

A Strategy to Combat Discrimination

The Council of Europe (CoE) is a European institution focussed on promoting and facilitating human rights, democracy and the Rule of Law. It has many more member states  -47- than its cousin the European Union (EU). The CoE in fact

Council of Europe

A Strategy to Combat Discrimination

The Council of Europe (CoE) is a European institution focussed on promoting and facilitating human rights, democracy and the Rule of Law. It has many more member states  -47- than its cousin the European Union (EU). The CoE in fact

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The European Arrest Warrant needs reform

Reforming the European Arrest Warrant

The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is a system in which one EU Member State can ask another EU Member State to deliver a suspect to face trial, a witness to be questioned, or a person convicted to serve a sentence.

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The European Arrest Warrant needs reform

Reforming the European Arrest Warrant

The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is a system in which one EU Member State can ask another EU Member State to deliver a suspect to face trial, a witness to be questioned, or a person convicted to serve a sentence.

One of four water cisterns built by ECHO in the Tuba community, West Bank. March 22nd, 2013. Credit: Wikipedia CC

Part II: ‘Down the Drain: The Obstruction of European-Funded Water Projects’ – The European Union and the Human Right to Water in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Water is an essential resource in the daily life of all humankind. We need water to survive and to thrive. According to the United Nations, access to water is ‘indispensable for living a life of human dignity’. The human right

One of four water cisterns built by ECHO in the Tuba community, West Bank. March 22nd, 2013. Credit: Wikipedia CC

Part II: ‘Down the Drain: The Obstruction of European-Funded Water Projects’ – The European Union and the Human Right to Water in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Water is an essential resource in the daily life of all humankind. We need water to survive and to thrive. According to the United Nations, access to water is ‘indispensable for living a life of human dignity’. The human right

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Part I: ‘Not a Drop to Drink’ – The European Union and the Human Right to Water in the Israeli Occupied Palestinian Territories

Water trickles into every aspect of our lives. Drinking water is essential for the proper functioning of the human body. We also need water to wash ourselves, our clothes, and our homes. Water is used for cooking, for irrigating crops,

pouring water

Part I: ‘Not a Drop to Drink’ – The European Union and the Human Right to Water in the Israeli Occupied Palestinian Territories

Water trickles into every aspect of our lives. Drinking water is essential for the proper functioning of the human body. We also need water to wash ourselves, our clothes, and our homes. Water is used for cooking, for irrigating crops,

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Justice, Law, and Rights – for People, or Businesses ?

I wrote recently about corporate social responsibility and the need for this concept to be stretched and deepened to contribute more to changing our society. We need the equivalent to a mid-term review, to fundamentally question our economic system, to

manwithsign

Justice, Law, and Rights – for People, or Businesses ?

I wrote recently about corporate social responsibility and the need for this concept to be stretched and deepened to contribute more to changing our society. We need the equivalent to a mid-term review, to fundamentally question our economic system, to

Are the EU and US trade regulations really compatible?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Short term gain for long term pain?

From the very beginning, facilitating trade has been a key aim of the European Union (EU) and its predecessors. One of the current trade projects being negotiated is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which enters the second stage of

Are the EU and US trade regulations really compatible?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Short term gain for long term pain?

From the very beginning, facilitating trade has been a key aim of the European Union (EU) and its predecessors. One of the current trade projects being negotiated is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which enters the second stage of