EU CONFLICT & PEACE
The Treaty of Lisbon states that, "The Union's aim is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples" (Article 2).
Over the years, TFF Associates have published analyses of the Lisbon Treaty (EU constitution), its theory and peace concepts as well as (Western) value statements (in both the Nordic and English languages). Further, the Foundation has published numerous articles on the role of the Union as a Union and how peace is being "implemented" in conflict areas where the Foundation is engaged - like former Yugoslavia, Georgia, Iraq, Libya, etc.
Bold step on Rue de la Roi - the Berlaymont Building in the background
TFF seeks to enhance debate on the peace and security activities of the EU. There are a number of solid reasons to be critical of the self-praise that is regularly expounded by EU leaders with regards the Union's conflict-management and peace activities.
The same can be said for the taken-for-granted, non-research-based media stance that suggests it's the Union - more than, say, single states, statesmen and policy initiatives - that has brought about the present peaceful circumstances inside Europe, and the reconciliation both between the historical enemies Germany and France and between Eastern and Western Europe, thereby ending the Cold War.
What is evident is that the Union is far from its stated goal of speaking with one voice in security matters and foreign affairs. Its very traditional conceptualization of defence and security - rather than peace - and its ever closer co-operation with NATO - rather than the UN or OSCE - also give reason for concern.
A European legacy of colonialism
As we write this entry in early 2012, it's conspicuous how deep the crisis within the EU is. This is most evident in the fields of economics and finance and, since those can't be separated from its other dimensions, there are serious concerns about the future of the Union project itself, its structure and role.
The Foundation will continue to monitor the peace- and security-related activities of the Union, inside amongst its members as well as in the wider world.
TFF Associates on EU affairs 2012 -