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European Parliament Plenary Session, January II 2019

The first item on the agenda for this week’s part-session is a formal sitting on Wednesday to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In remembering the fate of the millions of Europeans who suffered between 1933 and 1945, Parliament has made its position clear that racism and xenophobia are not opinions but crimes. Continue reading

Hearing of Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King

On 12 September, Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee will hold a hearing of Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King (Security Union). He has been nominated as a result of the resignation of Lord Hill following the outcome of the UK referendum on withdrawal from the Union. Continue reading

Public opinion and EU foreign policies: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, A recent Eurobarometer survey looked at the perceptions and expectations of Europeans regarding EU action, including the foreign policy, and global promotion of democracy and peace policy fields. The survey, commissioned for the only directly elected European Union institution, the European Parliament, identifies the gaps between citizens’ expectations and EU performance … Continue reading

EU response to the Paris terrorist attacks [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski European Union member states are enhancing security arrangements in the wake of the Islamic State attacks that killed 130 people in Paris on 13 November. The carnage has deeply shocked Europeans and their governments, reinforcing calls to strengthen the EU’s counter-terrorism strategy, prevent radicalisation of the young generation, and find solutions … Continue reading

Risk and resilience in foreign policy

Written by Patryk Pawlak Graphics by Christian Dietrich The complexity of risks affecting the world is illustrated by the interconnected nature of conflicts, natural hazards, water shortages and state collapse. The current migratory challenge Europe is facing is yet more evidence that distance or the natural borders inherent in seas, mountains and deserts are of … Continue reading

Reaction to the Paris attacks

On 7th of January 2015 two Islamist terrorist gunmen attacked the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 and wounding 11 persons. This started a manhunt lasting two days during which time a policewoman was killed in Paris. The situation escalated on 9th of January with hostages being taken on two … Continue reading

CBRN terrorism: threats and the EU response

Written by Piotr Bąkowski Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism is a form of terrorism involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Following 11th September 2001, the interna¬tional community came to believe there was a high probability that terrorists would make use of such weapons. The growing number of people familiar with … Continue reading

Internal Security Strategy: open and safe Europe

Written by Martina Prpic 6 language versions available in PDF format Strategie der inneren Sicherheit: Für ein offenes und sicheres Europa La Estrategia de Seguridad Interior: una Europa abierta y segura Stratégie de sécurité intérieure: une Europe ouverte et sûre Strategia di sicurezza interna: un’Europa aperta e sicura Strategia bezpieczeństwa wewnętrznego otwarta i bezpieczna Europa … Continue reading

NATO – road to the 2014 Summit

Last NATO Summit was held in Chicago, in May 2012. The Afghan transition, the missile defence system, and cyber defence policies were at the centre of the discussion then. Two years later, the on-going withdrawal from Afghanistan, Ukraine and Russia, Syria and Iraq, and the re-thinking of the Transatlantic Partnership will be at the centre … Continue reading

Women, peace and security

Gender mainstreaming and gender diversity policies may at first sound like unnecessary complications for security and peacekeeping operations, as gender issues are often regarded as less important than the ‘hard’ issues of security and peace building. However, gender issues are at the core of security. Gender is fundamental both to effective crisis management and to … Continue reading

Sanctions as an EU foreign policy instrument

The EU’s sanctions policy under the CFSP framework is guided by the EU’s overarching foreign policy principle of effective multilateralism, with the United Nations (UN) at its core. Thus the EU implements mandatory sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council in order to maintain or restore international peace and security. It can also impose autonomous … Continue reading

China Week: Library focus on EU-China relations

China’s increasing clout on the world stage brings challenges and opportunities for EU-China relations. At the European Parliament, China features as a regular agenda item at the foreign affairs, security and defence, international trade and human rights committees. As the Library’s job is to provide information support to Members and EP staff through balanced and … Continue reading

EU arms exports: Member States’ compliance with the common rules

The European Union (EU) is the only regional organisation to have set up a legally binding arrangement on conventional arms exports. The common position agreed by EU Member States in 2008 sets out common rules and minimum standards to be followed by national authorities when granting export licences for military equipment and technology. It defines … Continue reading

EU-Norway cooperation in the area of foreign policy and defence

The paradox of Norway’s “Inside, outside” approach towards the EU is particularly apparent in the areas of foreign policy and defence. Increasingly aware of its limited influence on EU policy formulation, Norway has adopted a proactive and participative approach to avoid marginal-isation. Norway’s foreign policy is aligned with the majority of EU foreign policy declaration … Continue reading

EU Strategic Partnerships with third countries

The instrument of a Strategic Partnership (SP) represents the EU’s response to an increasingly interdependent world, since cooperation with key powers is necessary to ensure that the EU’s values and interests are preserved at the global level. SPs are still a work in progress for the EU, which has not yet properly defined their use … Continue reading

The EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice-President of the European Commission, (HR/VP) appears, at least on paper, to hold a very powerful post. The assignment has however been characterised as almost impossible, owing to the number of different roles merged into one. The Treaty/legal base The HR/VP in the … Continue reading

EU-NATO partnership in stagnation

  EU-NATO relations are stagnating while the alliance goes through an identity crisis and the EU makes slow progress on the path towards a European Defence and Security Policy. The “participation problem” caused by Turkish-Cypriot bilateral disagreement is often named as the root of difficulties in cooperation between NATO and EU. Nevertheless some commentators stress … Continue reading

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