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Much militarisation, little transparency

The EU’s security and defence policy was up for review on 25–26 June 2015, when the heads of government of the 28 EU Member States gathered in Brussels for a summit meeting (known as a European Council meeting). This is

Photo credit: Håkan Dahlström
Licensed under a Creative Commons licence

Much militarisation, little transparency

The EU’s security and defence policy was up for review on 25–26 June 2015, when the heads of government of the 28 EU Member States gathered in Brussels for a summit meeting (known as a European Council meeting). This is

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Military ‘train and equip’ policy will not bring peace

In late June 2015 the heads of government of the 28 European Union (EU) Member States will meet in Brussels to discuss their Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). They are expected to agree a clearer commitment to strengthening military

Credit Twitter June 2015 @eutmmali1 feature

Military ‘train and equip’ policy will not bring peace

In late June 2015 the heads of government of the 28 European Union (EU) Member States will meet in Brussels to discuss their Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). They are expected to agree a clearer commitment to strengthening military

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The 4 pillars of the Circular Economy

With the European Commission hard at work on the new circular economy proposals, QCEA has joined with 11 other European NGOs to lay out a vision for an ambitious European circular economy package. The circular economy addresses materials (everything from

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The 4 pillars of the Circular Economy

With the European Commission hard at work on the new circular economy proposals, QCEA has joined with 11 other European NGOs to lay out a vision for an ambitious European circular economy package. The circular economy addresses materials (everything from

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Parliamentarians of Europe demand accountability for drone strikes

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a prestigious human rights watchdog, recently voted to hold European national governments to account for their involvement in drone strikes. The decision was taken in the PACE chamber in Strasbourg (France)

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Parliamentarians of Europe demand accountability for drone strikes

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a prestigious human rights watchdog, recently voted to hold European national governments to account for their involvement in drone strikes. The decision was taken in the PACE chamber in Strasbourg (France)

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The need for a collective European voice and action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP).

Since its inception, the European Union (EU) has come a long way towards reaching common foreign policy positions and taking common action. The adoption of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) by the Maastricht Treaty (1992) and the establishment

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The need for a collective European voice and action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP).

Since its inception, the European Union (EU) has come a long way towards reaching common foreign policy positions and taking common action. The adoption of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) by the Maastricht Treaty (1992) and the establishment

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Europe and the local level

The European Union Committee of the Regions (CoR) estimates that seventy percent of EU policies have a direct regional or local impact, and EU funds can certainly play a significant role in developing regions. The role played by the CoR,

CoR 111th plenary EU Tim De backer

Europe and the local level

The European Union Committee of the Regions (CoR) estimates that seventy percent of EU policies have a direct regional or local impact, and EU funds can certainly play a significant role in developing regions. The role played by the CoR,

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The Responsibility to Protect Ten years on

Ten years ago, in 2005, the United Nations agreed the “Responsibility to Protect”, a doctrine which lays upon states the responsibility to protect their citizens (all of them) from mass killings and lays upon the international community the responsibility to

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The Responsibility to Protect Ten years on

Ten years ago, in 2005, the United Nations agreed the “Responsibility to Protect”, a doctrine which lays upon states the responsibility to protect their citizens (all of them) from mass killings and lays upon the international community the responsibility to

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Transcending loathing

One of the decisions this week at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has been related to the killings of journalists, police, and Jewish people in a kosher supermarket in Paris. The recommendation (to the Committee of Ministers) asks

numbers of hate crimes

Transcending loathing

One of the decisions this week at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has been related to the killings of journalists, police, and Jewish people in a kosher supermarket in Paris. The recommendation (to the Committee of Ministers) asks

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An invitation to promote human rights

Before I start, I might note that some of the topics here, the structures by which human rights are protected, might seem overly formalistic and even boring. However, in the end of the day, it is those structures that make

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An invitation to promote human rights

Before I start, I might note that some of the topics here, the structures by which human rights are protected, might seem overly formalistic and even boring. However, in the end of the day, it is those structures that make

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A cautious welcome for a new peace initiative

Given QCEA’s long-standing concern about the militarisation of the EU, we were pleased earlier this year to hear that nine European governments had launched a unique new peace organisation: the European Institute of Peace, or EIP for short. The EIP

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A cautious welcome for a new peace initiative

Given QCEA’s long-standing concern about the militarisation of the EU, we were pleased earlier this year to hear that nine European governments had launched a unique new peace organisation: the European Institute of Peace, or EIP for short. The EIP