2 February 2019. In the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May 2019, a broad alliance of 74 organisations and institutions from nine European countries is calling for the rescue of the European peace project. Among the signatories are many peace movement associations, churches and church organisations, the aid agencies Misereor and Bread for the World, and the environmental organisation Greenpeace.
The alliance criticizes the European Union's plans to invest billions in arms research and military cooperation with third countries. The EU must not arm states that wage war or violate human rights. The promotion of peace and human rights must not fall victim to defence against flight and migration.
In view of the large number of violent conflicts, the signatories demand that the EU invest more in nonviolent conflict management.
Everyone in the European Union is invited to sign the appeal online before the elections are held from 23 to 26 May 2019.
Enclosed you will find the full text of the appeal, a list of the 74 signatory organisations and institutions as well as background information on the three demands to the European Parliament.