Since the 1980s, the political construction of migration in Europe increasingly referred to its supposedly destabilizing effects on domestic integration and to hypothetical dangers for public order it implied in EU Member States.
After two years of research, meetings and events with Green stakeholders, the third sector and NGOs, four Green foundations (from Catalonia, Hungary, Spain and Sweden) aim to share their knowledge and debate their proposed “Manifesto on Common Guidelines for a Green European Answer to Privatising Welfare Services”
In Europe and elsewhere, the 21st century opened with a multitude of popular protests that, beyond their specific scope and demands, claim the right to a decent standard of living in a society that takes their voice into account. But are these movements isolated, or can we connect them to see a bigger picture?
For a lot of Green and leftwing people, it came as a shock to find out that religion is not vanishing from our societies with modernity. On the contrary, religion seems to play a major role again in the conflicts we are facing today.
The current way of production and consumption is putting unsustainable pressure on our planet's resources and ecosystems. This is only expected to increase with a growing global population and rising middle class. If we continue with business-as-usual by 2050, we would require more than two planets to sustain ourselves. Besides environmental degradation, resource exhaustion, and social volatility, nations would also face an increasing struggle for natural resources putting pressure on global governance systems.
Only two weeks remain until the start of COP21, a summit of historic importance that will decide the destiny of our planet. As the whole Green family is gathered here in Lyon, we would like to take this opportunity to jointly discuss the different scenarios that could result from this major event.
So we need to find answers to key questions like:
The mass displacement of Syrian refugees towards Europe has suddenly put the Syrian conflict back to the fore of public attention. Europeans want their leaders to act and to tackle the very source of the refugee crisis.
The Syrian conflict is currently the most pressing foreign policy issue for Europe - it lies at the juncture of the EU's policies on human rights, peace and security, counter-terrorism, and migration, and tests EU relations with the UN, NATO, the USA, Russia, Turkey, Iran and the Arab world, as well as its internal cohesion.
One very controversial trade issue that has come up is the decision by the EU whether or not to grant China market economy status by the end of 2016. Recognising China as a market economy would make it more difficult for Europe to impose tariffs or other trade defence instruments in order to respond to Chinese policies such as government subsidies or export promotion tools that boost low-price Chinese exports to the EU and thereby undercut EU industry.
Please find below draft minutes of the Zagreb Council, 15-17 May, 2015. The online amendments procedure was not set for the Zagreb draft minutes but if you wish to send any changes, kindly send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.