Global Zero – A Nuclear Weapon (Test) Free World 

 

Exactly thirty years ago, on August 29, 1991, the Semipalatinsk test site in Kazakhstan closed down. Within three decades it had witnessed more than 400 Soviet nuclear tests; almost a quarter of all nuclear tests on the planet. The date marks today the International Day against Nuclear Tests. Continue reading

Why European National Militaries Should be Open to all EU Citizens 

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EU member states could use their human resources more effectively by opening their national armed forces to citizens of other EU member states. In so doing, they would pave the way for more diverse and hence more attractive national armed forces and take a step forward on the way towards a European Army. They would also extend the rights of an increasing number of mobile citizens in the EU. Belgium and Ireland are two examples from which other countries can learn. Continue reading

A Common European Defence Market – How to Tackle Fragmentation

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Among the main targets of European defence initiatives is the fragmentation and inefficiency of the European defence market. European Union member states currently procure 80% of their defence equipment nationally. According to a European Commission estimate, this leads to a loss of around 50 billion € in opportunity costs per year. Fostering a more collaborative defence market will be a key if policy makers in Europe wish for more capable and interoperable armed forces.

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„Größte Herausforderung ist der Anstieg eines autoritären Populismus“

The “Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights” is the Human Rights Institution for Security and Cooperation (OSCE). The Friedrich Naumann Foundation spoke to direcotr Michael G, Link about what the OSCE can do to secure Human Rights in Europe.
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