Keeping peace at the heart of the EU: a political challenge

Keeping peace at the heart of the EU: a political challenge
Should the pursuit of peace remain at the heart of the EU? The ongoing discussions on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (MFF), the EU’s long-term budget, suggest that it may not. The European Commission has recently published its long-awaited proposal for the next MFF: entitled A Modern Budget for a Union that Protects, Empowers...

The EU budget post 2020 and the future of peacebuilding

The EU budget post 2020 and the future of peacebuilding
One of the main debates happening now in Brussels is on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the EU’s main tool for managing its finances. The current MFF will last until the end of 2020, but the debate around its successor has already started and the final decision on the new priorities will be the result...

Peace in Libya is no longer a priority for Italy

Peace in Libya is no longer a priority for Italy
Two years removed from the signing of the Skhirat agreement, which rekindled hopes that peace could finally come to Libya, Italy’s strategy vis-à-vis that country has changed. From an approach focused on promoting stability, in which the Italian government committed itself to supporting national reconciliation, we now see a strategy centred on containing migration. The...

After Nice: The urgent need for a new approach to counter-terrorism

After Nice: The urgent need for a new approach to counter-terrorism
Nice and Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray are the latest of many massacres that, since the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, have contributed to the global state of insecurity being experienced worldwide. Yet there is still a lack of understanding of why these actions continue and of what al-Qaida, ISIS and other Islamist paramilitary groups really are....