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.
Bureaucratic inflexibility is a bigger obstacle to the integration of asylum seekers than are the attitudes of local citizens. It is time Europe’s politicians took notice.
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.
With the German chancellor almost completely isolated in Europe, voters in three German regional elections on March 13 will give their verdict on Merkel’s refugee policy.
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.
European governments refuse to work together to deal with the migration crisis. Putting on hold the Schengen passport-free travel area could shift attitudes.
Despite receiving very little help from other EU countries, the German chancellor is not going to close her country’s borders to refugees.
The EU and the German chancellor are becoming increasingly powerless as individual countries adopt their own policies to deal with Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis.
The refugee crisis unsettled the EU like no challenge before it. With the inflow of refugees likely to continue for years, migration may be the ultimate make-or-break issue for the EU.
From the 1820s onward, about 7 million Germans emigrated to the United States. Their distinctive experience speaks to today’s debates about immigration.