Author Archives: Martina Weitsch

About Martina Weitsch

Martina worked for Quaker Council for European Affairs as one of two Joint Representatives from 2002 to October 2012. Her main areas of work were the EU role in Palestine/Israel, EU peacebuilding, conflict prevention and crisis management, EU finances, democratic accountability and relations with the European Investment Bank.

A Welcome Start In Narrowing The Embarassing Gap Between Rhetoric And Reality

‘This week I received another gift, obviously in anticipation of my 90th birthday, which is due in less than two months. No less an institution than the European Union has declared what practically amounts to a total boycott of the

A Welcome Start In Narrowing The Embarassing Gap Between Rhetoric And Reality

‘This week I received another gift, obviously in anticipation of my 90th birthday, which is due in less than two months. No less an institution than the European Union has declared what practically amounts to a total boycott of the

Die Diskrepanz zwischen Rhetorik und den realen Gegebenheiten verringern

Martina Weitsch, ehemalige Beauftragte des Quäkerrats für Europäische Angelegenheiten (QCEA), analysiert die Bedeutung der neuen Richtlinien der EU hinsichtlich finanzieller Unterstützung israelischer Firmen und Institutionen und ruft zur Aktion auf. Am 19. Juli 2013 brachte die EU neue Richtlinien “bezüglich

Die Diskrepanz zwischen Rhetorik und den realen Gegebenheiten verringern

Martina Weitsch, ehemalige Beauftragte des Quäkerrats für Europäische Angelegenheiten (QCEA), analysiert die Bedeutung der neuen Richtlinien der EU hinsichtlich finanzieller Unterstützung israelischer Firmen und Institutionen und ruft zur Aktion auf. Am 19. Juli 2013 brachte die EU neue Richtlinien “bezüglich

A Taste of the Middle East: Cuisine, Culture and Conflict

This is a guest blog post by Martina Weitsch. How can we talk about the Middle East today? On 8 November incidents took place in Gaza that led to the most recent outbreak of violence; on 9 November 32 Quakers and

A Taste of the Middle East: Cuisine, Culture and Conflict

This is a guest blog post by Martina Weitsch. How can we talk about the Middle East today? On 8 November incidents took place in Gaza that led to the most recent outbreak of violence; on 9 November 32 Quakers and

EU upgrading relations with Israel by the back door – part 2

On 24 July we reported on this blog that the European Union had apparently agreed to enhance the EU – Israel relationship with what we referred to as ‘a whole raft of measures all of which are considered technical and

EU upgrading relations with Israel by the back door – part 2

On 24 July we reported on this blog that the European Union had apparently agreed to enhance the EU – Israel relationship with what we referred to as ‘a whole raft of measures all of which are considered technical and

EU upgrading relations with Israel by the back door – a blow to justice

When the Foreign Affairs Council issued its conclusions on the Middle East on 14 May 2012 it spelled out its concern that the two-state-solution (which is one of the key cornerstones of EU policy with regard to Israel and Palestine)

EU upgrading relations with Israel by the back door – a blow to justice

When the Foreign Affairs Council issued its conclusions on the Middle East on 14 May 2012 it spelled out its concern that the two-state-solution (which is one of the key cornerstones of EU policy with regard to Israel and Palestine)

Is there room for civil society in the concept of stakeholder engagement in European research?

The name for the next European Research Framework Programme which will apply from 2014 for the following 7 years – is Horizon 2020 – a name arrived at through means of a public consultation. That might suggest that there is

Is there room for civil society in the concept of stakeholder engagement in European research?

The name for the next European Research Framework Programme which will apply from 2014 for the following 7 years – is Horizon 2020 – a name arrived at through means of a public consultation. That might suggest that there is

On the occasion of World Water Day – a thought-provoking event in the European Parliament

Alexandra Thein, MEP from the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Margarete Auken, MEP from the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance co-hosted the screening of a film: Our water, their water made by French film

On the occasion of World Water Day – a thought-provoking event in the European Parliament

Alexandra Thein, MEP from the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Margarete Auken, MEP from the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance co-hosted the screening of a film: Our water, their water made by French film

Social Protection in EU Development Cooperation

In December 2011, the European Commission launched a public consultation under the title: Consultation for the preparation of a Commission Communication on Social Protection in European Union Development Cooperation. The consultation period is just about to expire and QCEA made

Social Protection in EU Development Cooperation

In December 2011, the European Commission launched a public consultation under the title: Consultation for the preparation of a Commission Communication on Social Protection in European Union Development Cooperation. The consultation period is just about to expire and QCEA made

Democracy at Work – Watching the Debate on the EU Budget

We often hear thatBrusselsis imposing its will on Member States and ‘telling us what to do’. Well, let’s have a look at this in relation to an important discussion which is at the heart of EU decision-making this year. Yes,

Democracy at Work – Watching the Debate on the EU Budget

We often hear thatBrusselsis imposing its will on Member States and ‘telling us what to do’. Well, let’s have a look at this in relation to an important discussion which is at the heart of EU decision-making this year. Yes,

Peace House in the West Bank demolished for the 5th time

Israeli authorities demolished Beit Arabiya (“Arabiya’s House”) last night (Monday, January 23rd) for the fifth time, along with structures in the East Anata Bedouin compound.  Beit Arabiya, Located in the West Bank town of Anata (Area C) just to the northeast of Jerusalem, is

Peace House in the West Bank demolished for the 5th time

Israeli authorities demolished Beit Arabiya (“Arabiya’s House”) last night (Monday, January 23rd) for the fifth time, along with structures in the East Anata Bedouin compound.  Beit Arabiya, Located in the West Bank town of Anata (Area C) just to the northeast of Jerusalem, is