Germany’s decision to close its borders to stem the flow of refugees is but a stopgap. It also reveals much about Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership style.
As Europe’s refugee crisis continues, EU governments urgently need to find concrete solutions. At stake are questions of rights, dignity, and Europe’s moral stance.
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.
Building walls against refugees, against Russia, and against the Roma minority undermines what the European Union is supposed to stand for.
The European Union’s approach to crisis management is reactive. What is more, the union is unwilling to consider using hard power to underpin its values.
The Syrian refugee crisis is no longer a short-term regional issue: it is a long-term international problem that deserves a coordinated answer, especially from the EU.
Instead of opening their doors to refugees, most of the EU’s Central and Eastern member states are putting up barriers.
The Mediterranean refugee crisis is just a part of a comprehensive public policy failure by the EU and its member states in the field of migration.
Despite catchy headlines and bold rhetoric, the EU faces a migration problem characterized by old habits and worrying new trends. There are no easy solutions.
European governments have to choose between pandering to populist political parties and offering refuge to those fleeing the turmoil in Europe’s Southern neighborhood.