In 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.
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.
In 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.
In 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’.
In 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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November’s edition of our monthly newsletter: Programme Assistant Bethany Squire explains how QCEA communicates with the wider world, explaining our social media and web presence as well as how to subscribe to our newsletter and publications. Alexandra Bosbeer asks if we are ‘cutting ourselves off from Mother Earth’, and Chris Venables highlights the need for better protection for defence rights across the EU.
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This is the first Around Europe following the change in staff here at QCEA. Programme Assistant Bethany Squire asks if Europe is setting the bar too low when deciding upon climate change targets. She writes an article entitled ‘Plotting Europe’s Route to a Sustainable Future’. Chris Venables is critical of a recent European Commission Working Document which outlines how introducing military drone technology in to the civilian market might stimulate growth across Europe. We say goodbye to Liz Scurfield and Martina Weitsch after 10 years of hard work and service.
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In this edition of Around Europe QCEA Joint Representative Martina Weitsch discusses what we can learn from Europe’s history of peacebuilding – in light of the European Union (EU) winning the Nobel Prize it’s a very interesting article indeed. Liz Scurfield gives us an update on developments within the Council of Europe on alternatives to imprisonment, and a brief description of recent changes in the EU-Israel relationship.
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We try as often as we can and when opportunities present themselves to make Around Europe available in other languages. Martina Weitsch’s article, ‘Europe: A Peace Process or a Peace Project?’ which appeared in this month’s edition is available in French in PDF by clicking here.
Europe pays 10 million to Tony Blair’s Office of the Quartet Representative; European Energy Developments: an Update; Introducing our new Programme Assistants
Denmark to Change its Labelling Rules for West Bank Settlement Products; All Change at the Quaker Council for European Affairs; In the Time of your Life, Live, Love and Lobby(!).