Foreign relations

Around Europe 360 December 2014 – January 2015

In this issue of Around Europe, Sevasti Christoforou examines the issues of identifying, recording and addressing hate crime across the European Union, and the variance between EU Member States. George Thurley discusses how citizens and local governments can act as pioneers on climate and environment issues, bypassing necessary compromises at the national and European levels. Andrew …

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Briefing paper: Foreign Policy in the News

Foreign Policy and Awareness of Foreign Issues in the European Press One of the important questions in identifying the rationale behind European Union action as ‘a global player’ is: what drives EU Foreign Policy? This is a complex question because EU Foreign Policy is an area where the EU acts on an intergovernmental basis, but …

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Briefing paper: The EU’s response to the threat of terrorism (update)

In 2005 QCEA  published twelve briefing papers outlining and evaluating EU responses to terrorism, and in its 2007 report “Effective Counter-Terrorism: A Critical Assessment of European Union Responses” QCEA set out a series of recommendations to policy makers. In 2011, QCEA updated these with a set of three briefing papers which included an evaluation, legal and …

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Briefing paper: EU external action – the agenda as reflected in spending priorities

As part of our ongoing work on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014 to 2020, today QCEA has published a new briefing paper examining the proposals for external action financing after 2013. The paper looks at key changes proposed and examines critically the prospects for external action financing to direct resources at peacebuilding and conflict …

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Briefing paper: poverty, inequality and climate change

This briefing paper was created to create a discussion on the need for policy coherence between climate change, energy, external action (including conflict prevention), trade, economic policy, and international development as these all relate directly to a sustainable future for those within Europe and those in other areas. The paper considers the way in which …

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Consultation response: the external dimension of the EU energy strategy

The Directorate General for Energy within the European Commission launched a public consultation on the external dimension of the EU energy strategy. QCEA welcomed this consultation as a public acknowledgement of the connections between EU foreign/external policy and energy policy. This is a connection not made often enough either in EU public statements or in …

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Report: Military Responses to Energy Security Problems

EU Member States have taken part in military missions with energy security components for many years, though NATO, in support of US-led actions and independently. EU militaries contributed to US interventions Operation Earnest Will at the tail-end of the Iran-Iraq war and the 1991 and 2003 Gulf Wars. Britain, the EU’s largest military power, has …

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Report: Neutrality

This report is based on Neutrality within Irish politics. Martina Weitsch, QCEA Joint Representative, writes an article that focuses on whether there are differences between the so-called ‘neutral’ Member States of the EU and other Member States. Read “Neutrality: Irish Experience, European Experience”

Mainstreaming Conflict Prevention in ACP Countries – Somalia Case Study

In 2001 the EU introduced the approach of ‘mainstreaming’ conflict prevention into its Partnership Agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. QCEA carried out case studies on six ACP countries and this report looks at the EU conflict prevention programme in Somalia. The purpose of this project is to serve as an educational tool about …

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