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  • Volume 10

    Volume 10

    Peace, Love and Intervention

  • Ukraine, Russia and the EU

    Ukraine, Russia and the EU

    Watch debates from the Heinrich Böll Foundation's conference on Europe’s response to the situation in Ukraine

Peace, Love and Intervention – Green views on foreign policy

Journal, Volume 10, 25/03/15

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Peace, Love and Intervention – Green views on foreign policy

Over the past decade, an ongoing reshuffle in the balance of global power has seen China change scale from regional to world actor, Russia reassert its ambition to be treated like a major player, and calls emerging for Europe to play a more active role in world politics.

Sharing is not always sharing

In the debate, 16/04/15

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Sharing is not always sharing

At first glance, sharing initiatives would appear to be important elements for building an economy based on solidarity and sustainability. Yet, these different models of sharing do not generate the same societal and financial return. Some of them, such as Uber, are forms of ‘sharewashing’. In fact, Uber’s business model, financed by Goldman Sachs, is at the polar opposite of sharing.

The Middle East’s New Winners and Losers

In the debate, 17/04/15

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“War,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is the “father of all things.” In view of the bloody – indeed barbaric – events in the Middle East (and in Iraq and Syria in particular), one might be tempted to agree, even though such ideas no longer seem to have a place in the postmodern worldview of today’s Europe.

Alliance-mindedness

In the debate, 16/04/15

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Translations: NL  

Major global conflicts are not resolved in the Dutch Parliament. Nor is The Hague the centre of the world. The Netherlands’ influence is determined by the extent to which it collaborates with other countries. GroenLinks therefore needs to look across the border when defining its position on military intervention. The opinions of our allies should be taken into account.

“I never thought it would be easy” – EU foreign policy and Ukraine

Journal, Volume 10, 24/03/15

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Translations: DE  

In the most recent conflict with Russia, the EU has tried to find a solution that avoids war. The EU considers military action only as the last resort – and that should not change in the future, even if we accept that the world won't become an entirely peaceful place from one day to next. An interview with Rebecca Harms.

From Dayton to Jerusalem – Federalism is the Green way to build peace

Journal, Volume 10, 24/03/15

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While the traditional European way of peace-making was based on separating peoples, the Green European way of peace-building should be based on power-sharing and trust-building. Federalism can be a means to achieving this, in some cases even where the will of the those concerned is not yet present, as long as the international community stands together and ensures respect for the fundamental values of justice, equality and mutual tolerance.

"There is still a long way to go" – Civil society involvement in foreign policy

Journal, Volume 10, 24/03/15

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Great upheavals have occurred and are still occurring in the Middle East: the successive revolutions and counter-revolutions of the Arab spring, the lightning emergence of ISIS, the agonies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the stagnating civil war in Syria. How do the Greens analyse the situation? In their assessment, how can the people who have risen up gain control of their transition to democracy? An interview with Isabelle Durant, conducted for GEJ by Laurent Standaert.

Wars will never end wars – thoughts on the Kurds' fight against ISIS

Journal, Volume 10, 24/03/15

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The Kurds have conducted a remarkable democratic experiment in the north of Syria: Their “Canton-based Democratic Autonomy" is a pursuit of freedom, justice, dignity and democracy led by principles of equality and environmental sustainability. Nevertheless, protecting this area with weapons and the blood of martyrs shouldn't be applauded.

Revising Green values – for a more effective foreign policy

Journal, Volume 10, 24/03/15

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Medication and water bottles have numerous advantages in a crisis situation, but it's quite sure that they cannot be used to stop ISIS. The greatest dilemmas of European Greens are rooted in a conflict of values, as well as in the difficulty of reconciling theory and practice. To overcome them, Greens need to work on a political solution.

Why does the EU stay silent on nuclear disarmament?

Journal, Volume 10, 24/03/15

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The European Union professes to advocate a world without nuclear weapons. Yet the number of weapons and their potency seem to be on the increase. So how can we explain the stalling of talks and postponement of real action towards nuclear disarmament, and what are the obstacles holding back the EU from being a leader by example?

A "Plan B" for European security: Mitigating climate change through military procurement

Journal, Volume 10, 24/03/15

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Climate change represents a unique opportunity for Europe’s green parties to “lead the way” by developing a sound strategy for “greening” Europe’s foreign and security policy – and in the process revamping this stagnant dimension of European integration.

Meeting our global responsibility – the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Journal, Volume 10, 24/03/15

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Global inequality has risen alarmingly in recent years. Together with the global climate crisis, this poses a serious threat to our entire society. The Millennium Development Goals aimed to substantially diminish this global injustice by 2015. Yet the current state of affairs highlights serious flaws, which Europe and the other industrialised countries have to learn from, if they are to demonstrate that they are serious about tackling global challenges.

Greening our foreign policy - of visions, principles and contradictions

Journal, Volume 10, 24/03/15

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While the spectrum of ideas defining a Green foreign policy remains wide, several overarching tenets have emerged over the past decades: The normative framework is built on a strong commitment to support for popular movements and “agents of change” fighting for human rights, democracy and gender equality worldwide.

The EU and South East Asia - Why Europe needs to become an active player

Journal, Volume 10, 23/03/15

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Beset by the crises occurring internally and in its immediate neighbourhood, the EU has neglected its relations with South East Asia. This is a major shortcoming, since that region is becoming the epicentre of global relations and will play an increasingly important role for international security.

Cooperation to remove the barbed wire: Europe and the Maghreb

Journal, Volume 10, 23/03/15

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Many inhabitants of the Maghreb have no other choice than to leave their homes, and start a new life abroad. Instead of treating these people as criminals, the EU should try to work on a functioning policy for the region. This includes looking at problems from an environmental perspective.

A Green New World – French, British and German perspectives

Although Greens tend to agree on most issues, they don't always think alike. We asked politicians from France, the UK and Germany about their stances and those of their national parties on the military industry, drones, Afghanistan, the legacy of Joschka Fischer, among other thorny issues...

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