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New report: Conscientious Objection to military service in Europe 2015

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection's annual report gives an overview of conscientious objection in Europe this year. Read it here.

Foreword by Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO President

In September 2014 Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, speaking at a side event to the Human Rights Council, observed: “Conscientious objection to military service is a specific issue, but not a side issue!”. One year on, in October 2015, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, for the first time launches its Annual Report “Conscientious objection to military service in Europe 2015” in Geneva, immediately before the Session of the UN Human Rights Committee which will deal with the reports of Greece and the Republic of Korea - two states in which the right of conscientious objection to military service continues flagrantly to be violated.

Eurodrones, Inc.

How far reaching is the EU's financing and support for the emerging drone industry? With what  intended purpose? And what will be the consequences of European citizens?

Campaign of the Month: Ctrl+Alt+EU

European president Herman Van Rompuy has put military Europe high on the political agenda. Only three months after receiving the Nobel peace prize, he concluded a speech at the annual conference of the European Defence Agency (EDA) as follows: “Europe was born out of the ashes of a war. And built, at first, by pooling (and sharing!) the instruments of war: coal and steel […]. The European Union stands by those in pursuit of peace and human dignity. To fulfil such responsibilities, we should make sure we have the means at our disposal.”

Capitalist crisis and European defence industry

Wendela de Vries

Of the global top 20 arms producers, 4 European companies are ranked in high positions. Leading is British BAE Systems (former British Aerospace). The Swedish peace research institute SIPRI even ranked BAE Systems as the biggest global arms producer in 2008, but US weekly Defence News, using another ranking system, is listing BAE Systems third after the American companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Besides BAE the three other European giants are Italy’s Finmeccanica and formally Dutch-based EADS, both  mainly aeronautical companies, and French electronics company Thales. The output of these giants is bigger than the output of many a developing nation. They arose from the mid-1990’s in a process of mergers and acquisitions, when international (notably American) competition forced European defence companies to overcome national limits in order to survive. At that time a lot of state-owned defence companies were privatised, facilitating the accumulation process. Still national governments often kept a say in their defence industries: Finmeccanica is 30% state-owned, Thales is 27% French state-owned and EADS is partly French state and a Spanish state holding company-owned. Note that, in contrast, BAE Systems is private, although the company can count on strong government support, including export promotion, sales financing and even covering up of high-level corruption.

War starts here: 15 antimilitarist activists make their way into the NATO military base of Valencia and turn it into a playground

This action is part of the protests against the Lisbon NATO summit in November
Saturday, Oct. 30th 2010


Ein europaweites antimilitaristisches Netzwerk

Es gibt über die Jahre hinweg viele Erfahrungen mit regionalen antimilitaristischen Aktionen, weshalb diese jüngste Bemühung nichts Neues ist; allerdings ist sie wichtig, um die antimilitaristische Bewegung in Europa lebendig zu halten, ihr neue Energie zuzuführen und sie auf neue Länder und Bewegungen auszudehnen.

War starts from Europe.

14-15 November 2008: European day of action against military infrastructure.

Europe is at war.

The bombs are not falling in Europe. They are falling several thousands of km away in Iraq and Afghanistan. But still war is waged from Europe. Europe serves as a launch pad for military interventions worldwide. The frameworks differ: NATO, EU, US coalition of the willing, UN. The targets also vary: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Chad, etc.

60 Jahre NATO sind genug!

Dem Kriegsbündnis mit breiten Massenprotesten entgegentreten!

Allen Kassandra-Rufen von ihrer bevorstehenden Auflösung zum Trotz entwickelt die NATO in den letzten Jahren ei ne beängstigend Kriegsdynamik. Das Bündnis rüstet sich auf breiter Front für künftige Kriege. Von einer atomarer Erstschlagstrategie über die Eskalation der Aufstandsbekämpfung in Afghanistan und der Intensivierung der NATO-EU-Zusammenarbeit bis hin zur institutionellen Runderneuerung: Gründe gibt es genug, dem 60jährigen Jubiläum des Kriegsbündnisses, das am 3./4.

Militärstützpunkte: Fußabdrücke des Krieges…

…und Zielscheiben gewaltfreier direkter Aktion

Europa befindet sich im Krieg. Die Bomben fallen zwar nicht in Europa, sondern mehrere Tausend Kilometer entfernt im Irak und in Afghanistan, doch der Krieg geht nichtsdestotrotz von Europa aus. Eine ganze Reihe von Militärstützpunkten in Europa dient als Startpunkt für Flugzeuge und als Verladeplätze von Material für den See- oder Lufttransport, damit diese Kriege geführt werden können.

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