Category Archives: Democratic Accountability

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

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

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)

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)

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,

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,

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

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

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

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

The Circular Economy and “better regulation”

On Tuesday the 16th of December 2014 the European Commission announced its work plan for 2015. This College of Commissioners has only been in office since the start of November, and given President Jean-Claude Juncker’s stated aim of being bigger

The Circular Economy and “better regulation”

On Tuesday the 16th of December 2014 the European Commission announced its work plan for 2015. This College of Commissioners has only been in office since the start of November, and given President Jean-Claude Juncker’s stated aim of being bigger

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

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

A Culture of Peace — The Council of Europe has a Part to Play

In May 2014 Macedonia experienced street violence in its capital, Skopje. The violence continued for only two days and did not spread to other parts of the country. Like many European cities, Skopje is home to communities with a variety

A Culture of Peace — The Council of Europe has a Part to Play

In May 2014 Macedonia experienced street violence in its capital, Skopje. The violence continued for only two days and did not spread to other parts of the country. Like many European cities, Skopje is home to communities with a variety

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – The European Commission Consultation

Originally posted on rationaldebate:
As promised in my previous blog on TTIP, here’s some information about how you can respond to the European Commission consultation on TTIP. European Commission Consultations – what are they for? I could be cynical about…

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – The European Commission Consultation

Originally posted on rationaldebate:
As promised in my previous blog on TTIP, here’s some information about how you can respond to the European Commission consultation on TTIP. European Commission Consultations – what are they for? I could be cynical about…