Climate & Peace

The climate crisis is hardest hitting on the world's poorest. As a result it is exacerbating existing conflicts over food, over fertile land, over living space. We in Europe have a responsibility to reduce our CO2 emissions and compensate the damage caused by our misguided behaviour in the past.

But climate protection policies can also exacerbate conflicts if they fail to take proper account of existing local tensions. When people are moved to make way for a new dam - but are not welcome in their new homes. Or when rare earths are mined for batteries - but poor working conditions are ignored. At the same time, climate protection projects can be used to generate synergies and foster peace: When groups which have a history of enmity come to together to find solutions to local problems. Or when neighbouring countries develop shared infrastructure to generate sustainable energy. As a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, I want to ensure that EU foreign policy takes greater account of the risks and explores the potential of climate protection policy to foster peace. We are still at the beginning, but this is a policy area which merits more in-depth exploration.

As a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, I want to ensure that the EU's foreign policy takes greater account of the risks and makes better use of the potential of climate protection policy. We are still at the beginning here, but it is worth going deeper into this policy area.  

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More women, more peace: opportunities and possibilities at EU level

In July, Germany will take over the Presidency of the EU Council - this offers a unique opportunity to promote the topic of "Women, Peace and Security" at EU level. The Federal Government should use this opportunity: I have listed some possibilities in my article for the...
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Women to the negotiation tables! My webinar on feminist foreign policy in the EU

Women to the negotiating tables! When women are involved, peace talks fail less often and peace treaties last longer. Women also play a decisive role in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and reconstruction.
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"The Corona crisis should unite us, not divide us" - Webinar on the impact of the crisis on Iraq

Since last year, people in Iraq have been taking to the streets again: they protest against corruption and sectarianism and demand political reforms. Now the corona virus threatens to further destabilize the country. In my webinar I talked about this with three experts*.
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"Often a fight between David and Goliath?" - Climate change litigation

Climate change is also a human rights issue. At the same time, political measures to protect the climate are often slow to take effect. In order to speed things up and to bring those responsible to justice, many citizens* now take governments or companies that pollute the environment to court.
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Syria war: EU must stand up for the weakest in Idlib

Three million people trapped in Idlib between the frontlines. The EU can do more against this proxy war in Syria - and it must. Because we cannot tolerate bombs on schools, hospitals and other civilian targets.
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Hannah Neumann: Plenarrede zur Sicherheitspolitik

EU Annual Report on Security Policy: "More weapons do not make a region any safer!"

The EU Annual Report on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) ignores existing criticism and supports the US rearmament demands. But more weapons do not make a region any safer, and there are European treaties that lay down an appropriate mix of military and civilian measures that turn security policy into peace policy.
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Speech on the US-Iran conflict: For peace we must listen to the demonstrators

The nuclear agreement is still alive and the EU must do everything possible to get Iran and the USA back on board. In this difficult situation, however, those who are fighting for democracy in Iran and Iraq must not be forgotten. The EU must strongly condemn the violence and repression against the demonstrators. I called for this yesterday in Parliament. Because there will be no peace in the region if the people on the streets continue to be silenced.
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A “Geopolitical Commission” needs self-initiative – SZ Interview

"If the EU wants to play a role in the Middle East, it must not be perceived as an appendage to the USA. It must stand with both feet on the ground of international law and condemn equally all those who violate this international law," I told the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday.
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#SpanishArms reports: EU arms export control necessary

Patrol ships in Morocco, shotgun ammunition in Nicaragua and Eurofighter in the Yemen war - with their research on #SpanishArms, Lighthouse Reports show how Spanish companies circumvent EU directives and supply regimes with armaments. The reports show that a mechanism is finally needed that
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Report: Visit to Egypt, Qatar and Iraq

Just as I planned my visit, another round of protests sparked in the Middle East: Anti-government protests resurfaced in Algeria. Critical voices by Egypt’s youth against the government were suffocated in September in a fierce clampdown with thousands detained. In October, young people in Iraq and Lebanon took to the streets calling for political reforms and an end of corruption.
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Save the European Peace Project

We in Europe have learned a lot from the EU: intercultural understanding, respect and freedom. It is precisely these values that make our peace and that we should carry into the world. Far too often, however, we export arms or military equipment.
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„The strongest bridges are built from the stones of fallen walls“

When I was in eighth grade, my German teacher asked me to choose a poem that meant a lot to me. After giving it much thought, I picked out this one sentence by Andreas Tenzer. It was 1999, exactly 10 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Today, 20 years later, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall.
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