Walking the Circle – the 4 guiding pillars for a Circular Economy

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This paper outlines four key areas that QCEA, along with 11 other NGOs, believes that European Union institutions should work on to ensure a comprehensive European circular economy. The EU must focus on efficient material management, the reduction of toxic substances, energy efficiency and economic incentives. Working ambitiously across all these areas. in conjunction with […]

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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 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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