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Strengthening the EU’s role in the UN Security Council today

By Nico Schrijver / 8 September, 2020

One of the hallmarks of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy is constructive and effective multilateralism. The United Nations serves as one of the principal platforms of EU foreign policy, including the protection of the EU’s values, fundamental interests, security, independence, and integrity. The EU’s performance, visibility and effectiveness...

From otherness to togetherness: a genuinely two-way road towards migrant inclusion

By Hedwig Giusto / 17 December, 2019

The highly intoxicated political discourse around migration of the last few years and the mostly security-oriented measures that have been adopted to tackle (or rather curtail) migration flows to Europe have led to neglect of the question of the integration of migrants into the host countries. Yet integration remains crucial...

From superficial multiculturalism to a ‘pedagogy of productive diversity’

By Eugenia Arvanitis / 17 December, 2019

The fabrication of a new European citizenry comes about through the responsiveness to and inclusiveness of diversity. This demands a more comprehensive effort to empower the entire social fabric to foster a strong intercultural awareness and responsiveness to the issues arising from the co-existence of citizens and non-citizens in modern societies. European...

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10 points of reference for a progressive narrative on migration

By FEPS / 12 December, 2018

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration adopted by UN Member States, in Marrakesh, Morocco, December 2018 is an unprecedented progressive frame for a top-down and also a bottom-up approach on Migration.   Considering the growing anti-migration and xenophobic sentiments that are spreading in Europe and elsewhere, as...

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Migration: there are alternatives!

By Catherine Woollard / 10 December, 2018

The FEPS publication “Prioritising people: a progressive narrative on migration”, presented at the United for Migration conference in New York in September, as well as the discussions and events around the presentation, demonstrate that there are alternatives to the negative and defeatist approach to migration that dominates the European political...

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Developing mixed open cities of the future

By Jon Bloomfield / 28 June, 2018

Race and migration are the most volatile issues in European politics today. Social Democracy is paying a heavy price for its neo-liberal mistakes. Cities are showing the way towards an intercultural future as they offer a ‘Third Way’ which promotes mixed, open cities. This avoids the twin dangers of assimilationism...

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PESCO: A misunderstood tool for EU integration?

By Nicoletta Pirozzi / 13 February, 2018

The key objective of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is threefold: to facilitate and provide incentives for willing and able EU Member States to plan together, invest together and operate their forces together. Only if properly implemented can it be the way to make the EU a credible and unitary security...

Financing migrant integration in combination with municipality development

By Gesine Schwan / 9 February, 2018

To meet human rights standards in refugee policy the EU should combine the financing of refugee integration with financing for the development of municipalities hosting these refugees.   Respective community decision making should be based on multi-stakeholder participation. European governments should decide voluntarily on quotas of refugees and at the...

Relaunching social Europe? The Pillar of Social Rights and EU governance

By Dimitris Tsarouhas / 8 February, 2018

The launch of the European Pillar of Social Rights has unleashed a fruitful debate, which is closely linked to the future of EU integration. Dr. Tsarouhas looks back at the launch of the Pillar and assesses what should be done now for it to fulfil its potential.   The renewed...

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The independence movement against Europe

By Josep Borrell / 20 December, 2017

Mr. Puigdemont, former president of the Generalitat (Regional Government of Catalonia), having been effectively “exiled” in Brussels remains highly critical of European institutions and their leaders, asking rhetorically: “What kind of Europe does not support the secession of Catalonia?”   Indeed, the unilateral declaration of independence has not been recognised...

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