European Institute of Peace

This background paper by Tim Harman examines the issues surrounding the launch, in May 2014, of the European Institute of Peace (EIP). While there are various plans for this new peace organisation’s activities, the central purpose of the EIP is to organise mediation and dialogue, including engagement with militant groups. This background paper argues that […]

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Background paper: Pre-trial detention

This QCEA background paper explores the human impact of widespread pre-trial detention in the European Union. Studies indicate that pre-trial detention both causes harm to individuals and is unlikely to contribute to reducing crime. Pre-trial detainees are less likely than sentenced prisoners to receive support services or to have contact with family members and the […]

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – what is it?

Have you heard about TTIP yet? TTIP, or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is a Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States of America. This vast deal, while having potential benefits, could have serious and long term consequences for the well-being of European citizens as well as […]

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Die Diskrepanz zwischen Rhetorik und den realen Gegebenheiten verringern

Martina Weitsch, ehemalige Beauftragte des Quäkerrats für Europäische Angelegenheiten (QCEA), analysiert die Bedeutung der neuen Richtlinien der EU hinsichtlich finanzieller Unterstützung israelischer Firmen und Institutionen und ruft zur Aktion auf. Am 19. Juli 2013 brachte die EU neue Richtlinien “bezüglich der Förderungswürdigkeit israelischer juristischer Personen und Firmen, hinsichtlich ihrer Aktivitäten, in den – seit Juni […]

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QCEA welcomes the postponement of the Dutch – Israeli Cooperation Council

QCEA welcomes the announcement on 29th May that the Netherlands has frozen the  Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Council, which was due to be inaugrated on 7th June 2012. We are concerned, however, that the Netherlands still intends to establish this Council as stated by Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal. QCEA has sent a second open letter to the […]

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Netherlands Yearly Meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

QCEA’s Joint Represents to the EU Martina Weitsch and Liz Scurfield attended Netherlands Yearly Meeting over the weekend of 17th-20th May, the theme of which was “Just Peace.” The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role that Quakers can play in working for peace was discussed in detail. Here are some of the relevant documents in English: […]

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