Category Archives: Peace

People-to-people exchanges foster long-term peace: examples from the Western Balkans

Between April 10-13, QCEA partnered with the Conference of European Churches (CEC) to organize an exchange for youth from the Serb minority in Croatia and the Croat minority in Serbia. This was a unique opportunity for the youth to meet

People-to-people exchanges foster long-term peace: examples from the Western Balkans

Between April 10-13, QCEA partnered with the Conference of European Churches (CEC) to organize an exchange for youth from the Serb minority in Croatia and the Croat minority in Serbia. This was a unique opportunity for the youth to meet

The EU White Paper and EU Summit focus on defence as a moment to reflect on values in EU leadership

When reading the European Commission White Paper, I was struck at how the discourse switches from reminding us of the initial peace project that the EU was built on to the sudden need to prepare for war by strengthening the

The EU White Paper and EU Summit focus on defence as a moment to reflect on values in EU leadership

When reading the European Commission White Paper, I was struck at how the discourse switches from reminding us of the initial peace project that the EU was built on to the sudden need to prepare for war by strengthening the

EU accession process needs security rethink

As Bosnia-Herzegovina begins the slow process of joining the European Union, QCEA has published a paper arguing that little progress will be made until the EU better matches the security requirements it places upon Bosnia to the real needs of

EU accession process needs security rethink

As Bosnia-Herzegovina begins the slow process of joining the European Union, QCEA has published a paper arguing that little progress will be made until the EU better matches the security requirements it places upon Bosnia to the real needs of

A call for 2017 to be Europe’s year of civilian responses to insecurity

The European Union has focused much of 2016 responding to the fear of insecurity by reinforcing defence and military spending; I wish to show why a space should open in 2017 for the EU to strengthen its role as a

A call for 2017 to be Europe’s year of civilian responses to insecurity

The European Union has focused much of 2016 responding to the fear of insecurity by reinforcing defence and military spending; I wish to show why a space should open in 2017 for the EU to strengthen its role as a

Decision time: Will Europe divert public money to the arms trade?

In December 2013 the governments of the 28 countries in the EU unanimously agreed that supporting their national arms manufacturers was a priority. The idea was proposed initially in response to the economic crisis, but it was quickly supported by

Decision time: Will Europe divert public money to the arms trade?

In December 2013 the governments of the 28 countries in the EU unanimously agreed that supporting their national arms manufacturers was a priority. The idea was proposed initially in response to the economic crisis, but it was quickly supported by

King’s chance to build a safer Europe

Every EU Member State appoints a European Commissioner, and until it finally leaves the EU, the UK is no different. For the last two years Jonathan Hill, a former Conservative politician from the UK, had been serving as Commissioner for

King’s chance to build a safer Europe

Every EU Member State appoints a European Commissioner, and until it finally leaves the EU, the UK is no different. For the last two years Jonathan Hill, a former Conservative politician from the UK, had been serving as Commissioner for

Spotlight on the EU arms industry

QCEA has recently published an information sheet in four languages, providing facts about the EU arms industry. Did you know…? The manufacture and sale of arms is a multi-billion-euro industry. The EU has an official policy, agreed at a summit

Spotlight on the EU arms industry

QCEA has recently published an information sheet in four languages, providing facts about the EU arms industry. Did you know…? The manufacture and sale of arms is a multi-billion-euro industry. The EU has an official policy, agreed at a summit

Corporate power danger shown by EU alcohol ruling

An EU court has been considering whether European free trade rules will prevent Scottish plans to reduce alcohol-related harm. It is now more than three years since action to reduce the consumption of the cheapest super-strength alcoholic drinks was agreed

Corporate power danger shown by EU alcohol ruling

An EU court has been considering whether European free trade rules will prevent Scottish plans to reduce alcohol-related harm. It is now more than three years since action to reduce the consumption of the cheapest super-strength alcoholic drinks was agreed

Rejecting violence and embracing our neighbours

The recent murders in Paris were intended to provoke a military reaction that could be used to attract vulnerable people to Daesh’s violent ideology. It was an attempt to divide communities, but one that each of us has the power

Rejecting violence and embracing our neighbours

The recent murders in Paris were intended to provoke a military reaction that could be used to attract vulnerable people to Daesh’s violent ideology. It was an attempt to divide communities, but one that each of us has the power

Black Lives Matter in Europe

Black Lives Matter* activists visited Europe last week to share their experience of anti-racism campaigning in the US. They hoped to learn about, and encourage, efforts to address racism in Europe. Their visit was organised by the International Fellowship of

Black Lives Matter in Europe

Black Lives Matter* activists visited Europe last week to share their experience of anti-racism campaigning in the US. They hoped to learn about, and encourage, efforts to address racism in Europe. Their visit was organised by the International Fellowship of