A world without NATO: The end of NATO?

Predictions about the imminent demise of NATO have been around for ages… Today, the narrative about the “demise of the West” appears to be gaining more traction, and some even question NATO’s continued relevance. Imagine what a world without NATO might look like


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Factsheet: EU acts for peace and security – Part IV

Addressing complex security challenges in fragile partner countries also requires substantial civilian support and the EU has indeed currently ten civilian missions operating in the field.


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NATO: Energy security

Energy security plays an important role in our common security. [NATO Brussels Declaration + 2018] No one doubted that energy developments could have major security implications for Allies and the Alliance. After all, in particular for some of NATO’s new members that were burdened with serious energy vulnerabilities, energy security was a question of national security.


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Donald Trump has claimed victory at the Nato summit, saying progress had been made on defence spending only hours after throwing the Brussels meeting intodisarray with fresh attacks on European allies. European members contradict assertion that US president secured notable concessions.
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Déclaration de Bruxelles sur la sécurité et la solidarité transatlantiques


Заявление о трансатлантической безопасности и солидарности по итогам встречи в Брюсселе


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2018 Uluslararası Göç Görünümü


2018 International Migration Outlook and World Refugee Day.

Migration flows to OECD countries have dropped slightly for the first time since 2011, with around 5 million new permanent migrants in 2017, down from 5.3 million in 2016.

Öncül veriler, OECD ülkelerinin 2017’de 5 milyondan biraz fazla yeni ve kalıcı yasal göçmen aldığını gösteriyor. Bu da 2011’den bu yana bölgeye yönelik göçteki ilk azalışı (2016 ile karşılaştırıldığında yaklaşık %5 gerilemeyi) ifade ediyor.

OECD member countries currently host around 6.4 million refugees, more than half of whom are in Turkey. The top three countries from which asylum seekers have come are Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Countries should focus on labour market policies to help refugees and improve coordinated actions to tackle illegal immigration.


Ortalama olarak OECD ülkeleri genelinde göçmenlerin istihdam oranı, 2017’de yüzde 1 puan artarak 67.1’e çıkmıştır. Ortalama işsizlik oranları yüzde 1 puan azalarak %9.5’e düştü. Yabancı işçilerin yasa‑dışı istihdamının nispeten genç yaştaki erkekleri etkiliyor. En çok kaygı duyan sektörler tarım, inşaat, imalat ve yurtiçi hizmetleri.

Perspectives des migrations internationales


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Global Rights Index 2018 : Worst Countries for Working People


Turkey: Arrest of union leaders – Discrimination and dismissals

In the aftermath of the attempted coup in July 2016, civil liberties have been severely downtrodden in Turkey and trade unions and their members have been systematically targeted under the guise of the state of emergency. In April 2017 alone, more than 2,125 persons were detained and 3,974 workers were dismissed from public services. During the year, the government banned numerous strikes organised in the glass and the metal sectors because it deemed them “prejudicial to national security”.

In April 2017, 14 TUMTIS officials, including Ankara branch president Nurettin Kılıçdoğan, received heavy prison sentences ranging from 1.5 years to 6.5 years for recruiting new members and obstructing the freedom of conducting business, while Zeynep Çelik, a nurse and former DISK Executive Committee member, was arrested in May 2017.

In August 2017, 682 teachers in the southeastern provinces, all members of Eğitim-Sen (Union of Education Workers), were subject to compulsory reassignment in other provinces for “participating in marches contrary to the Turkish Republic’s fight against terrorism”.

In February 2018, Elif Cuhadar, a KESK Executive Committee member, was arrested for statements she had made during a panel discussion in 2014.

Three other public service trade union members, Cagdas Yazici, Recep Temel and Idil Ugurlu, were detained without due process in March 2018.


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Authoritarian Regime Leaders and Una Signora!

The Foreign Affairs Council will start with a review of pressing issues on the international agenda. The High Representative and ministers may refer to the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia on 17 May, recent developments related to North Korea and the situation in Yemen.

The Council will discuss Iran, in particular the Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA, following the US withdrawal from the JCPOA as announced on 8 May.

Over lunch, foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Gaza following recent developments, including with regard to Jerusalem.

Foreign ministers will exchange views on Venezuela, following the presidential and regional elections on 20 May and the re-election of Nicolás Maduro for a second six-year term. The Council will adopt conclusions on Venezuela.

The Council will discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Council will discuss the progress and the challenges in the electoral process which is expected to lead to the general election scheduled for 23 December 2018.

Foreign ministers will discuss the future partnership framework with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, as the current agreement framing the partnership, the Cotonou agreement, is due to expire on 29 February 2020.

The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on enhanced EU security cooperation in and with Asia.

The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on strengthening civilian CSDP, in follow-up to the process launched by the Council in November of last year.


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