Host migrants or pay, France and Germany propose

By |december 7th, 2018|Antonio Tajani, asylum policy, burden sharing, development aid, France, Germany, Italy, Matteo Salvini, News, refugee crisis, Viktor Orbán, Visegrad Four|

European Union governments that refuse to host refugees could instead pay to be excused from the bloc's system of sharing out migrants, France and Germany proposed on Thursday (6 December) as they sought to end a long-running EU feud over migration.

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Angela Merkel’s legacy in the Middle East

By |november 28th, 2018|Angela Merkel, Arab Spring, asylum policy, EU-Turkey, Germany, immigration, Lybia, Middle East, News, Persian Gulf, refugee crisis|

German Chancellor Merkel's momentous 2015 decision to accept asylum-seekers from the region fell flat: the Chancellor did not rise to the occasion and chart a new course for both Europe and the Middle East, writes Faisal Al Yafai

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Merkel’s would-be successor questions Germany’s sacrosanct asylum pledge

By |november 22nd, 2018|Angela Merkel, asylum policy, CDU, Friedrich Merz, German constitution, german elections, News|

Friedrich Merz, trailing in the race to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of her Christian Democrats (CDU), sparked uproar by questioning Germany's constitutional guarantee of asylum at a hustings late on Wednesday (21 November).

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Why are we not reforming the Dublin Regulation yet?

By |oktober 25th, 2018|asylum policy, common european asylum system, Dublin regulation, EU-Turkey deal, immigration policy, Migration, News, refugee crisis, Refugees|

In view of the long-blocked negotiations about the reform of the EU's Dublin asylum system, Luigi Achilli argues that it is not migration but the lack of a common European response that is putting the EU's future at risk.

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What to do with rejected asylum seekers?

By |september 26th, 2018|asylum policy, News, refugee allocation, Sweden, welfare state|

As the EU considers tougher rules for returning asylum seekers who had their application rejected, more people might be placed in detention and the possibility of voluntary return could be limited, writes Anna Lundberg.

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Czech MEP: I want to be ECR’s lead candidate, not an EU top job candidate

By |september 17th, 2018|Angela Merkel, asylum policy, Brexit, ECR, Emmanuel Macron, EPP, European elections 2019, future of EU, manfred weber, Matteo Salvini, multi-speed EU, News, refugee crisis, socialists, Spitzenkandidaten|

Czech MEP Jan Zahradil has recently announced his intention to become the ECR's lead candidate for the 2019 European Elections. He is a supporter of a multi-speed Union, with freedom for member states to pursue a foreign policy that best suits their own interests.

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Juncker’s dismal speech

By |september 17th, 2018|Africa, Article 7, asylum policy, Brexit, eurozone crisis, future of EU, Greek crisis, Hungary, Irish border, Jean-Claude Juncker, News, refugee crisis, rule of law, State of the union 2018, youth unemployment|

At a time when Europe needs something to inspire the 2018 State of the Union speech disappointed, writes Dick Roche.

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Political scientist: Germans are used to V4’s strong “No” from time to time

By |julij 23rd, 2018|asylum policy, Deficit Reduction, EU budget 2021-2027, EU migration, European Council summit, eurozone reform, Germany, News, public finances, trade partnership, Visegrad Four|

The EU's stand on migration policy is moving towards the demands of the Visegrad group, one of the best functioning groups in the bloc, says Dr Kai-Olaf Lang, adding that in many respects, Germany and V4 are much closer to each other today than Germany...

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EU raps Hungary for ‘Stop Soros’ law, steps up legal battle

By |julij 20th, 2018|asylum policy, George Soros, human dignity, Hungary, illiberal democracy, News, NGOs, refugee camps, refugee crisis, Viktor Orbán|

The European Commission yesterday (19 July) stepped up a legal battle with Hungary over EU migration rules and denounced as illegal its "Stop Soros" law that criminalises support for asylum seekers.

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Austrian far-right minister doubles down on asylum reform plans

By |julij 11th, 2018|asylum policy, Austria, Austrian Presidency, far right, FPO, Herbert Kickl, News, refugee crisis|

Austria's hardline interior minister Herbert Kickl said yesterday (10 July) he would push to change the EU's migration policy to make it impossible to make asylum requests on European soil.

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