Without support from other European countries or an alternative plan for dealing with the refugee crisis, the German chancellor’s open-door policy is not sustainable.
The new year has hardly begun and, already, the EU is facing new crises.
The political will to keep Europe open and confident is being eclipsed by populism and an inwardness that spells doom for the EU and the transatlantic relationship.
Germany desperately needs support from Europe to cope with the refugee crisis but will not get it.
Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
There are growing calls for an EU policy that can confront the drivers of instability in the Middle East. But such a policy is unlikely to emerge anytime soon.
The EU has struck a deal with Turkey to try to control the flow of asylum seekers. But is that enough? And can Turkey succeed where other countries have failed?
From fighting the Islamic State to coping with Europe’s refugee crisis, the EU and Turkey now have even more daunting issues to deal with than in recent years.
The Atlantic alliance has no strategy to confront the so-called Islamic State or to deal with Russia’s growing presence in the Mediterranean.
Populist parties across Europe have been quick to link the Paris terrorist attacks to the refugee crisis, which some U.S. presidential candidates have also exploited.