EU Militarism: An update for the European Council (25-26 June 2015)

The European Union was founded as a peace project, but today elements of EU security policy are a danger to its own people. Few citizens are aware of the policies their governments champion at the EU level. Since 2013, EU policy has increasingly supported the arms trade, the perpetuation of militarism with countries affected by […]

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Hate crime in the EU: prevention and restoration

Hate crime threatens European ideals of equality and human rights. The Quaker Council for European Affairs has produced a new background paper to raise awareness of hate crime and promote effective policies to reduce it. Read our background paper to find out why the small proportion of crime that is motivated by hatred, has such […]

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: What the EU can do to help facilitate long-awaited peace

This briefing paper provides an outline of the ongoing conflict within Palestine and Israel. It recommends ways in which the European Union (EU) can act to alleviate the suffering of people in the region. The conflicts are multifaceted and complex. This paper provides a short summary with recommendations and links to further reading. To read […]

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European groups support Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS)

Today (13-April-2015), the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute have published figures for military expenditure in 2014 – for more than 170 countries. EU governments are spending a total of 255 Billion euro on the military. Peace groups from across Europe have released a joint statement condemning European military spending as grossly excessive and as contributing […]

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Briefing paper: A Guide to Getting Involved – Part 2 – The European Commission and the Council of the European Union

‘Who do I call if I want to call Europe’ is a quotation attributed to Henry Kissinger which is often quoted when people want to suggest that the European Institutions are too diverse to provide a clear target audience for political messages addressed at ‘Europe’. It is, of course, a simplification. As explained in Part […]

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