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Beatrix Immenkamp

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The European Parliament’s evolving soft power – From back-door diplomacy to agenda-setting: Democracy support and mediation

For the past 40 years, Members of the European Parliament have been working at boosting Parliament’s role in EU foreign policy. These efforts have continued to be stepped up since the launch of the common foreign and security policy (CFSP) in 1993. Over recent decades, the European Parliament has significantly raised its profile as a credible moral force with strong focus on strengthening human rights, supporting democracy and enhancing the rule of law worldwide. Continue reading

EU policies – Delivering for citizens: The fight against terrorism [Policy Podcast]

Faced with a growing international terrorist threat, the European Union (EU) is playing an ever more ambitious role in counter-terrorism. Even though primary responsibility for combating crime and ensuring security lies with the Member States, the EU provides cooperation, coordination and (to some extent) harmonisation tools as well as financial support to address this borderless phenomenon. Continue reading

Nuclear Safety outside the EU: Proposal for a new Council regulation [EU Legislation in Progress]

In the context of the Commission’s proposal for a multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period, the Commission published a proposal for a Council regulation establishing a European instrument for nuclear safety complementing the neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument on the basis of the Euratom Treaty on 14 June 2018. Continue reading

The end of the INF Treaty? A pillar of European security architecture at risk

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp, graphic: Samy Chahri, The US administration announced on 1 February 2019 that it was suspending its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, with effect from 2 February 2019, and that it was giving Russia six months’ notice of complete withdrawal. Russia reacted by announcing that it was also suspending … Continue reading

A new neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument: Proposal for a new regulation [EU Legislation in Progress]

In the context of the Commission’s proposal for a multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period, the Commission published a proposal for a regulation establishing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) on 14 June 2018. Continue reading

Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons ─ the ‘Ban Treaty’ [Policy podcast]

On 7 July 2017, the United Nations (UN) conference to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the Ban Treaty), by 122 votes to 1, with one abstention. The treaty will come into force once 50 states have ratified it; so far it has been signed by 56 states and ratified by three. Continue reading

EU efforts on counter-terrorism – Capacity-building in third countries [Policy podcast]

In the European Union (EU), responsibility for counter-terrorism lies primarily with Member States. However, the role of the EU itself in counter-terrorism has grown significantly in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that have hit Europe in the post-‘9/11’ era. Continue reading

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel

On 6 December 2017, US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, mirroring the official Israeli position on the status of the city. Continue reading

Article 17 Dialogue – Book Presentation – Jihad and Death – the Global Appeal of ‘Islamic State’

On 21 November 2017, the European Parliament library hosted a presentation by renowned political scientist Professor Olivier Roy, Joint Chair of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, of his most recent book, ‘Jihad and Death – the Global Appeal of Islamic State’. Continue reading

The EU’s new approach to funding peace and security [EU Legislation in Progress]

The link between security, peace and development is recognised by both security and development communities. However, the practical implications of this nexus still pose challenges – especially in the light of a rapidly evolving security environment. Continue reading

EU rules on control of arms exports [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp, The EU’s Common Position on arms exports is the only legally binding region-wide arrangement on conventional arms exports. While the Common Position has increased information-sharing and transparency of Member States’ arms exports, there is still scope for enhancing the convergence of national arms-exports policies and for stricter implementation of the criteria … Continue reading

Review of dual-use export controls [EU Legislation in Progress]

Certain goods and technologies have legitimate civilian applications but can also be used for the development of weapons of mass-destruction, terrorist acts and human rights violations; these so-called ‘dual-use’ goods are subject to the European Union’s export control regime. Continue reading

Qatar: Rising tension in the Gulf

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp, On 5 June 2017, several Arab nations, including Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), simultaneously announced that they were severing ties with Qatar, a fellow member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Accusing Qatar of supporting and financing ‘terrorism and extremism’ in the region, the above countries … Continue reading

International day against nuclear tests

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp, In December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests. This day marks both the closure, in 1991, of the former Soviet Semipalatinsk Test Site in modern-day Kazakhstan and the date of the first Soviet nuclear test conducted there in 1949. Nuclear weapons … Continue reading

EUI/EP Policy roundtable discussion on transformations in the Middle East and North Africa – the EU’s response

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp On 14 June, the European Parliament library hosted a round-table discussion on transformations in the Middle East and North Africa, chaired by MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries (DMAG) and the Arab Maghreb Union, and … Continue reading

Iraq-Iran relations following the nuclear deal

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp, Critics of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran have warned that Iran would use any financial benefits to further strengthen its influence in the region, by supporting its allies, which include important Shia militias in Iraq. While the nuclear deal has yet to translate into major economic and financial benefits for … Continue reading

ISIL/Da’esh and ‘non-conventional’ weapons of terror

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp, [Updated May 2016] The European Union and its Member States must prepare for the possibility of a chemical or biological attack on their territory by the self-styled ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and the Levant (known variously as IS, ISIS or ISIL, and by the Arabic acronym ‘Da’esh’). Since October 2015, terrorist … Continue reading

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