Offener Brief zur Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

Am 07. November haben JEF Europe und JEF Deutschland einen offenen Brief an den Hohen Vertreter Josep Borrell und den Kommissar Olivér Várhelyi gesandt, in dem sie die EU dazu auffordern, ihre Bemühungen zur Beendigung der Gewalt in Nagorno-Karabakh (im deutschsprachigen Raum auch als Berg-Karabach geläufig) zu verstärken.

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Dear High Representative Mr Borrell Fontelles,
Dear Commissioner Mr Várhelyi,

We are writing to you as concerned citizens and activists for a peaceful and united Europe. While the conflict in
Nagorno-Karabakh remained frozen for decades, it has recently erupted with unprecedented violence. For several
weeks now, all sides have resorted to brutal action against one another and are taking no measures to spare
civilians. Moreover, the conflict is fuelled by Turkey which openly supports Azerbaijan’s military operation instead of
using its influence to promote peace in the region. Political leadership is needed to stop bloodshed at the EU
periphery.
JEF Germany and JEF Europe are non-partisan youth organisations that believe in a united and federal Europe as
the only solution to bring about ever-lasting peace on the continent. We therefore strongly condemn this armed
conflict and any solution arising from the illegal and indiscriminate use of force.
The European Union is committed to the peaceful containment and resolution of conflicts through multilateral
diplomacy. Military confrontation must not be the means of carrying out or resolving conflicts and must be severely
condemned accordingly. Armenia and Azerbaijan are part of the Eastern Partnership and are both fellow Member
States of the Council of Europe. It is therefore important for the EU – and therefore for you – to work towards
resolving conflicts in this part of our continent.
We urge you, as representatives of the European Union, to (1) ensure the EU speaks with one voice on this matter, (2)
ensure that the EU becomes the global actor for peace we all want the EU to be by (3) bringing the adversaries to
the negotiating table – within the framework of the Minsk peace talks or under another umbrella – and playing a
mediating role in the peace process. Reconciliation with a long-term solution to the conflict should be the goal of this
policy.
We also insist that all possible means remain on the table, including the possibility of imposing sanctions on the
participants in the conflict and Turkey. We believe such measures could persuade all parties to engage in a peaceful
dialogue and cease all hostilities, especially against civilians.
Lastly, we are ever more convinced that in order to meet the challenges of our times, the EU must be more capable
of employing timely preventive diplomacy. The unanimity requirement within the EU’s Common Foreign and Security
Policy must be replaced by a system of qualified majority voting to allow the EU to react effectively to international
crises. Only this way can the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy act as an advocate for the
European position and complete their function at the international level.
The EU needs ambitious and brave political leadership to promote its peaceful cooperation model and values
abroad. As European citizens, we count on you to take on this role.
Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Clara Föller                                                         Leonie Martin
President, JEF Germany                                      President, JEF Europe

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Joint Statement: A European response against terrorism: it’s time for responsibility and solidarity

JEF Europe, JEF Austria, JEF France and JEF Germany firmly condemn the recent terrorist attacks in Vienna, Dresden and Nice as well as the brutal murder of teacher Samuel Paty in Paris, and restate their solemn condemnation of any form of politically or religiously motivated violence. “Our hearts and minds go out to the victims and their families. European integration is based on the respect for human dignity, on freedom of speech, dialogue and tolerance. Any idea, act or ideology that incite hatred and violence must be promptly contended with”, state Eduardo Alavarado, Marie Caillaud and Clara Föller respectively Presidents of JEF Austria, JEF France and JEF Germany.

As Europeans, we must stand together, united in diversity, realising and speaking up for the values we believe in. Where hate tries to divide, we must build bridges. Political parties and the media must prevent further exploitation of these tragedies. The attacks cannot be used as an opportunity to spread racial, ethnic or religious hatred, stomping on fundamental European principles and values. In critical times like the ones we currently live in, speculating on people’s fears is a dangerous act of political irresponsibility. 

“Today we need courage, solidarity and responsibility”, states Leonie Martin, President of JEF Europe. “We must respond to the complexity of events and take appropriate measures to prevent, prosecute and punish transnational violence, such as terror attacks, and cross-border crime. As Young European Federalists, we support  transforming the  European Public Prosecutor’s Office into an office with real power and the strengthening of the European intelligence framework. The foundation of a European Federation provided with a Federal penal law will equip the European Union with the real capacity it needs in the fight against terrorism and transnational organised crime.”

Background

JEF is working to promote democratic citizenship and participation of youth in the political process. Alongside promoting nonpartisan dialogue, JEF Austria is currently offering online trainings about de-radicalization.

Criminal law falls predominantly within the competence of the Member States. The European Public Prosecutor Office (EPPO) is a body set up as part of an enhanced cooperation mechanism and with the competence to investigate, prosecute and bring to judgment only crimes against the EU budget, such as fraud, corruption or serious cross-border VAT fraud. 

Check out our resolution – A European response to organised crime: https://jef.eu/resolution/a-european-response-to-organised-crime/ 

More information on JEF Europe

The Young European Federalists (JEF) Europe is a non-partisan youth NGO active in more than 30 countries. The organisation strives towards a federal Europe based on the principles of democracy and subsidiarity as well as respect for human rights. JEF promotes true European Citizenship, and works towards more active participation of young people in democratic life. While the umbrella organisation JEF Europe was founded in 1972, its sections have been operating continuously since the end of the Second World War, making it the oldest pro-European and only federalist youth organisation.

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Contact:

Leonie Martin
President, Young European Federalists
Rue d’Arlon 53
1000 Brussels

president@jef.eu

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Trio Talks: Welche Verantwortung tragen Deutschland, Portugal und Slowenien?

Alle guten Dinge sind drei. Deswegen haben wir im Rahmen unserer #BesserZusammen Kampagne zur EU-Ratspräsidentschaft Vertreter*innen der Jugendparteien zu unseren Trio-Talks eingeladen. Trio Talks – das war eine Veranstaltung am 09.10.2020, die wir hybrid – also halb online, halb in Präsenz – in Münster durchgeführt haben.

Zusammen mit Sarah-Lee Heinrich von der Grünen Jugend, Michael Dust von der Jungen Union und Nemir Ali von den Jungen Liberalen konnten wir 90 Minuten lang über die Herausforderungen und Erwartungen an die Trio-Ratspräsidentschaft sprechen und verschiedene Standpunkte austauschen. Input gab es außerdem via Videobotschaft von JEFer*innen aus Portugal und Slowenien, die ebenfalls ihre Sicht auf die kommenden Monate der Trio-Ratspräsidentschaft mit uns geteilt haben. Aufgrund der sich stetig verschärfende Pandemie-Lage, mussten die Vertreterinnen der Jungen Sozialisten sowie von Volt ihre Teilnahme leider absagen. Moderiert wurde die Veranstaltung von Pia Schulte. Alle Teilnehmer*innen hatten im Vorfeld und während der Veranstaltung die Gelegenheit über das Tool Menti-Meter Fragen an die Panelist*innen zu stellen.

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