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.

Transparency: who really makes the decisions?

This isn’t about EU bashing. Nor is it about having a go at civil servants or diplomats. Most of these people work very hard and for the common good and deserve more of our attention and support. But how can

Transparency: who really makes the decisions?

This isn’t about EU bashing. Nor is it about having a go at civil servants or diplomats. Most of these people work very hard and for the common good and deserve more of our attention and support. But how can

The European External Action Service (EEAS) one year on

Ashton Reports to the European Institutions European Foreign Policy matters. The European Union encompasses 27 countries, representing 500 million people, 25 per cent of the world’s GDP and 20 per cent of the world’s trade. What the European Union does

The European External Action Service (EEAS) one year on

Ashton Reports to the European Institutions European Foreign Policy matters. The European Union encompasses 27 countries, representing 500 million people, 25 per cent of the world’s GDP and 20 per cent of the world’s trade. What the European Union does

Action needed to follow words

What the European Union says Since her appointment in December 2009, Catherine Ashton, as High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union, has made a large number of statements on a broad range of foreign policy issues. A substantial

Action needed to follow words

What the European Union says Since her appointment in December 2009, Catherine Ashton, as High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union, has made a large number of statements on a broad range of foreign policy issues. A substantial

Arms trade with Israel: embargo all military deals now

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK published a briefing paper entitled Arms trade with Israel: embargo all military deals now in November 2011. This is a welcome addition to a growing body of research detailing the linkages between European and Israeli

Arms trade with Israel: embargo all military deals now

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK published a briefing paper entitled Arms trade with Israel: embargo all military deals now in November 2011. This is a welcome addition to a growing body of research detailing the linkages between European and Israeli

European Commission Green Paper on Detention

The European Commission has published a Green Paper on Detention which seeks to explore the extent to which detention (pre-trial and post-trial) affects mutual trust amongst Member States (MS). For example one MS holds suspects for up to 4 years

European Commission Green Paper on Detention

The European Commission has published a Green Paper on Detention which seeks to explore the extent to which detention (pre-trial and post-trial) affects mutual trust amongst Member States (MS). For example one MS holds suspects for up to 4 years

Ashton’s response to the agreement between the Government of Israel and Hamas – double standards?

The news that detainees are to be released by both Hamas and by the Israeli Government is welcome; of course anyone detained for whatever reason suffers and so do their families. When the detention is in the context of a

Ashton’s response to the agreement between the Government of Israel and Hamas – double standards?

The news that detainees are to be released by both Hamas and by the Israeli Government is welcome; of course anyone detained for whatever reason suffers and so do their families. When the detention is in the context of a

Every Casualty

Often we hear of wars, violent conflict, armed clashes; we hear of the death toll – not often accurate in terms of the numbers; we do not hear the names of those who are dead unless they are members of

Every Casualty

Often we hear of wars, violent conflict, armed clashes; we hear of the death toll – not often accurate in terms of the numbers; we do not hear the names of those who are dead unless they are members of

Budget 2020 – European Commission Proposals revealed

It is the 29th of June 2011; the European Commission unveils its long-awaited proposals for the next budget framework for the European Union. This proposal sets the framework for decisions which will affect EU spending from 2014 to 2020. QCEA

Budget 2020 – European Commission Proposals revealed

It is the 29th of June 2011; the European Commission unveils its long-awaited proposals for the next budget framework for the European Union. This proposal sets the framework for decisions which will affect EU spending from 2014 to 2020. QCEA

Anti-boycott law violates human rights and undermines Israeli democracy

QCEA joins with 5 other NGOs and NGO networks to voice our grave concern about the ‘Law for Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott – 2011’ which was adopted in the Knesset on 15 July 2011

Anti-boycott law violates human rights and undermines Israeli democracy

QCEA joins with 5 other NGOs and NGO networks to voice our grave concern about the ‘Law for Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott – 2011’ which was adopted in the Knesset on 15 July 2011

EU Security Research and Peacebuilding – a case of institutional and political disconnect

I had an opportunity to present the research that I have done over the past 4 years on the European Security Research Programme at a conference jointly organised by the German National Contact Point for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities and

EU Security Research and Peacebuilding – a case of institutional and political disconnect

I had an opportunity to present the research that I have done over the past 4 years on the European Security Research Programme at a conference jointly organised by the German National Contact Point for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities and