Europe: Pax Christi International signs onto effort to "Save the European Peace Project"
14/2/19 - Pax Christi International has signed onto the petition to "Save the European Peace Project" which launched last week. The petition is addressed to the European Parliament. The website for the petition states:
For peace. For human rights. For Europe.
The European integration reconciled enemies after the Second World War, making the European Union a model peace project the world over.
Now more than ever, we need a European Union that advocates peace and human rights – at home and beyond its borders.
However, beginning in 2021, the EU plans to invest billions of euros in the European arms industry, joint military operations and even more border security. Peacebuilding and human rights could fall victim to the defence against migration and flight.
We firmly believe that the European Union will only win the hearts of its citizens as a peace project, not as a military power...
Pax Christi International joined with 73 other organisations in signing on to this effort.
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.