The German Council Presidency – Migration Policy Expectations

On 1 July, Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency and faces a major agenda. [Part 3]

Hardly any other topic has been as intensely debated in recent years as the future of the EU’s asylum and migration policy. The refugee crisis of 2014 and 2015 has clearly demonstrated the need for pan-European solutions for all parties involved. Yet despite this acknowledgement, the Member States have still not been able to agree on a fair and effective distribution key and clear responsibilities within the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). During its Presidency, Germany should therefore devote a great deal of political capital to disentangling the positions that have been deadlocked for years.

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Drohgebärden aus dem Süden

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Das Kräftemessen zwischen Italiens populistischer Regierung und der EU geht in die nächste Runde. Vergangene Woche sorgte der stellvertretende Ministerpräsident Luigi Di Maio (5-Sterne-Bewegung) mit der Drohung für Aufsehen, Italiens Beitrag zum EU-Budget auszusetzen, sollte keine rasche Entscheidung über die Umverteilung von Flüchtlingen in der EU erzielt werden. Ob sich mit solchen Drohungen dauerhaft europäische Solidarität erzielen lässt, ist äußerst fraglich.   

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Meet & Greet Event: The Challenges of Migration in the Middle East and North Africa

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Over two years have passed since the biggest refugee crisis hit Europe since World War II. Still today, it is important for all countries involved to continue exchanging best practices and to enhance their cooperation. Countries of the Middle East and North Africa, especially Jordan, Lebanon and Libya, are among the most experienced countries in the world regarding migration and refugees. Yet, they are facing major problems to implement integration and humanitarian policies. Libya for instance has become the most important transit country for refugees towards Europe since 2011.

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Auf dem Weg zur EU-Flüchtlingspolitik

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„Die Migration muss auf unserem Radarschirm bleiben“, hatte EU-Kommissionspräsident Juncker in seiner Rede zur Lage der Union gemahnt. Doch nach wie vor gibt es in der EU keine Einigkeit – geschweige denn Solidarität – bei der Asyl- und Migrationspolitik. Die EU-Kommission versucht dennoch, man möchte fast sagen unermüdlich, ad-hoc Lösungsansätze zu erarbeiten. Nun schlägt sie neue Schritte für eine gemeinsame Migrations- und Asylpolitik vor.

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Upcoming event: The European Refugee Crisis: Liberal Answers to Challenges in Migration

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Migration will be one of the key challenges of the European Union in the years to come. A proper management of migration flows and the successful integration of refugees into our European societies is not only of strategic importance, it might prove to be the cornerstone of (re-)creating unity among the EU Member States.

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