Around Europe 357 June – July 2014

In this issue of Around Europe (June July 2014), Andrew Lane discusses the new European Parliament and the increase in far-right MEPs. Alexandra Bosbeer outlines what the next steps are for the new Parliament and how to get in touch with your MEP. Andrew also reviews the situation in detention … More…

Around Europe 356 April – May 2014

In this issue of Around Europe, Deputy Representative Andrew Lane discusses how Europe should foster peace, not war, through the CSDP. Programme Assistant Chris Diskin talks about the importance of voting in the May 2014 European Parliamentary Elections. While Programme Assistant Rebecca Viney-Wood writes about how 2014 will be a … More…

Around Europe 355 February – March 2014

The February-March edition of our monthly newsletter. Deputy Representative Andrew Lane talks about the EU’s reversion to militarism. Programme Assistant Rebecca Viney-Wood discusses freedom of the press in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Chris Diskin writes about a sunset clause for TTIP and Alexandra Bosbeer reminds us of the importance of … More…

Around Europe 354 December 2013 – January 2014

In this issue of Around Europe, Judith Kirton-Darling asks what gifts we can bring to ensure right sharing of the world’s resources. Trevor Evans explains the economic crisis in Europe today. Both of these were keynote speeches at the QCEA/QPSW joint conference in November 2013 (to see videos of the … More…

Around Europe 353 – October November 2013

In this issue of Around Europe, the new Human Rights pledge for European Parliament candidates is presented; Rebecca Viney Wood and Chris Diskin explore arms trade policy within Europe in 1978, the 1980s, and 2013; and Alexandra Bosbeer reviews a possible start to a trend of European companies pulling out … More…

Around Europe 352 – August/September 2013

Preview_for_Website JPEGIn this issue of Around Europe QCEA Intern Annie Schulz discusses hate speech in European Union Member States. Associate Professor in Risk Management and Community Resilience, and Swedish Quaker Per Becker writes about how national identity and political elites have influenced the involvement in conflicts. Former QCEA Representative Martina Weitsch describes the recent EU guidelines on eligibility for funding of entities registered outside Israel’s 1967 borders. There is also a book review by Programme Assistant Bethany Squire.

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Around Europe 351 – June/July 2013


In this issue of Around Europe Programme Assistant Imogen Parker discusses the ethics of electronic monitoring in Europe. She writes that while this technological advancement could be used, in specific circumstances, as a viable alternative to imprisonment, this should not be seen as simply a cheap replacement for imprisonment. Quaker Representative Alexandra Bosbeer talks about the underlying value of nature and how we must develop more innovative ways of valuing our environment. While Programme Assistants Chris  and Bethany Squires describe how the EU must respond as a community to the current environmental challenges.

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Around Europe 350 – April/May 2013

img-aroundeurope-aprilmay-2013In this issue of Around Europe Programme Assistant Chris Venables introduces QCEA’s work on the militarisation of the European Union. He outlines some of the changes that have taken place over the last 15 years in EU military structures. Programme Assistant Imogen Parker in an article called ‘Torture and Terror in Europe’ describes the involvement of European countries in the torture of terror suspects. Outgoing Representative Gordon Matthews asks if the EU can help to revive the Middle East peace process.

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Around Europe 349 – February/March 2013

img-ae349-febmar-2013In this issue of Around Europe, Programme Assistant Bethany Squire asks how we might define the ‘green economy’. She takes us through some prominent definitions, then highlights some ideas of her own. Joint Representative Alexandra Bosbeer discusses the dangers of fracking, a technique used to extract natural gas which could be quite risky. Joint Representative Gordon Matthews asks if David Cameron knows what he is doing after the UK Prime Minister’s recent speech on renegotiating the UK’s position with Europe. Programme Assistant Chris Venables looks back at some of the first issue of Around Europe and compares the policy debates on terrorism in a new series on ‘Now and Then’.

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Around Europe 348 – December 2012 / January 2013

img-ae-348-DecJan-2013In this issue of Around Europe, Joint Representative Gordon Matthews discusses the European Union’s (EU) research programme for 2014 to 2020, ‘Horizon 2020′. QCEA is supporting an amendment to the rules of participation which would make it more difficult for entities with questionable human rights records to receive EU funding. Programme Assistant Chris Venables describes the workings of one of the institutions of the EU, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Ireland has now taken over the Presidency for the first half of 2013, and Chris suggests there is not enough focus on green issues. Joint Representative Alexandra Bosbeer outlines the importance of comprehensive assessment of large scale infrastructure projects. By taking into account the impact of a project from its beginning to its end we can make more informed decisions about what is (and what is not) sustainable.

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