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Progressive politics in the Middle East: Israel and the region

By Ksenia Svetlova / 13 January, 2021

The Abraham Accords that were signed recently between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be equalled to a tip of an iceberg: much more is laying beneath the surface. These accords were signed only in September 2020, but they build upon two decades of diplomatic work, communications […]

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Municipalities as main players in EU asylum policy

By Gesine Schwan / 18 December, 2020

At the end of September, the European Commission has presented a proposal for a new asylum and refugee policy. It is very detailed with a lot of legal regulations. But it does not address the crucial points for an effective solution that corresponds to the challenges on the ground, international […]

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Defending fundamental rights and solidarity in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum

By Birgit Sippel / 18 December, 2020

In September 2020, the European Commission finally presented its New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The proposals were supposed to inject much-needed momentum into the reform of the European asylum system, which the Council has delayed for too long. But again, we see that Member States maintain well-known positions to […]

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Sophisticated tools – weak principles

By Philippe Fargues / 25 September, 2020

With its ‘New Pact on Migration and Asylum’, the European Commission has taken on one of the most divisive and controversial issues within the bloc. And one that puts its own human rights record most prominently on the spot. The outcome are elaborate proposals, heavy on procedure but weak on […]

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Europe needs immigration – and common rules to manage it

By Piero Fassino / 6 June, 2020

Even if pushed by the health emergency, the regularisation of migrants during the Convid-19 crisis, in Italy, has been a choice of civilization.

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Migration: there are alternatives!

By Catherine Woollard / 10 December, 2018

Key amongst these alternatives are legal routes and regularisation as the paper emphasises.

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My mother, a refugee

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 28 October, 2018

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner, tells us about his mother’s story as a refugee.

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Depoliticising migration

By Michel Foucher / 27 October, 2018

The issue has become too politicised at a time when there is a pressing need to find pragmatic solutions.

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European Parliament calls for a fairer and centralised Dublin system

By Elly Schlein / 14 February, 2018

The Dublin system has clearly failed, leaving most of the responsibilities for asylum to the frontline Member States of the EU.

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The need to adjust a dysfunctional policy

By Catherine Woollard / 13 February, 2018

Regulation is at the heart of the dysfunctionality of the system, it nonetheless seems impossible for the EU to reach an agreement on reform.

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