Issue 380 | 2 December 2013
EU forest strategy, common security and defence, world human rights...
European agriculture and rural development commissioner Dacian Ciolos introduces our cover feature on the EU forest strategy, writing that, “Forests are a key resource for improving quality of life and creating jobs, especially in rural areas”. According to the Romanian official, “Sustainable forest management means using forests and forest land in a way and at a rate that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil relevant ecological, economic and social functions”. “The contribution from forests and the forest sector to major societal objetives is the heart of the strategy,” but, he says, “There are a range of other issues which feed into this”. Finally, the commissioner stresses that forest information research and innovation, as well as communication and coordination are also essential.
We shouldn’t forget the importance of empowering educators in the fight against radicalisation, argue Alexandra Korn and Alexander Ritzmann.
If Europe is serious about fighting terrorism and extremism, the institutions of the EU need to be more actively engaged in the current situation involving Qatar, argues Richard Burchill.
2016 began as 2015 ended, with several Islamist-inspired attacks, both in the Middle East (Egypt, Syria and Iraq), as well as in Europe and the US, writes Magnus Norell.