The current priorities in EU asylum policy are all about implementing the March 2016 refugee deal with Turkey in good faith.
The proxy war in Syria, the escalation of the Kurdish question, and the Islamic State’s terrorist activities are making Turkey more vulnerable to internal and external pressures.
The EU’s refugee agreement with Turkey that Angela Merkel helped secure is becoming embroiled in a struggle between Berlin and Ankara over media freedom in Germany.
Long gone are the days when Turkey was seen as the model Muslim country on its way to democracy.
Ankara aims to exact additional commitments from Europe in the refugee deal. Above all, the Turkish government wants visa-free travel to Europe for its citizens.
Germany’s decision to undercut its European partners on a refugee deal with Turkey has proved fatal for any hope of a consistent EU policy on the issue.
Democracies are doing too little to support activists struggling to defend press freedom, argues Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE’s outgoing representative on freedom of the media.
Brussels and Ankara need to reset their relationship by focusing not only on a recent agreement to deal with refugees but also on broader bases for cooperation.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
The dialogue between Brussels and Ankara on refugees needs to be recalibrated with a sharper focus on fundamentals.