Justice & Home Affairs

12-11-2021

The Brief, powered by The Martens Centre — Word on the wire

Waves of desperate people are trying to reach the EU: Images coming from the Poland-Belarus border this week have reopened the wounds in the very tissue of Europe that have barely scarred over since the first migration crisis in 2015.
03-11-2021

Why the Commission should ignore Poland’s ‘false compromise’

If the European Commission bends to Polish government pressure it will not fix the rule of law crisis but deepen it, argue Tineke Strik and Thijs Reuten.
15-10-2021

Time for some perspective: The Polish court was not controversial

Despite the outcry among liberal elites following last week's Polish court ruling, the EU treaties clearly set out the boundaries between national constitutions and EU law. It's time for some perspective, writes Judit Varga.
28-09-2021

Surveillance is at the heart of the EU’s migration control agenda

The EU's new model of refugee camps make liberal use of new technologies and modern methods of surveillance, writes Petra Molnar.
21-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EHFG — Replacing tents with concrete

The EU’s repackaged migration pact could be finalised in the weeks after next year’s French presidential elections. At least that’s what Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas told this website.
07-09-2021

The Brief — Show me the money

Fining countries for refusing to comply with EU law is one of the little-used sticks at the European Commission’s disposal. The success in using it so far has been mixed. There are numerous cases when the country in question has simply refused to pay up.
20-07-2021

The Brief – Flattery by imitation

There’s no flattery like imitation, at least when it comes to migration control. Taking their lead from aggressive migration control measures in Denmark and the UK, Lithuania’s parliament last week approved the mass detention of migrants, in a move meant to deter high numbers crossing into the EU from Belarus.
29-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ESA – Contracting out asylum

With the EU’s latest plans for a pact on migration and asylum making little more progress than their predecessors, member states are taking matters into their own hands and not just the usual suspects.
24-06-2021

Catalan pardons are welcome but the political conflict is not over

The release of nine Catalan pro-independence leaders is a welcome end to years of suffering. But the political battle is far from over, writes Jordi Solé i Ferrando.
Global Europe 18-06-2021

Time for transatlantic leadership on refugee resettlement

As numbers of displaced people across the world reach an all-time high, it’s time to restore transatlantic leadership on refugee resettlement, writes David Miliband.
Non-discrimination 16-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ITI – Nothing left to say

We are looking into it. That is the answer that the Guardian of the Treaties - documents that enshrine the principles of equality and human rights into EU law - gave in response to a new Hungarian law that tramples those very rights by lumping together LGBTQI+ people in with paedophiles.
14-06-2021

The Parliament and the Rule of Law: an elephant in a china shop

The European Parliament is going beyond its mandate in its pursuit of punishment for Hungary, writes Judit Varga.
Global Europe 04-06-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – American leadership is back

Like it or not, American leadership is back. If you ask Bulgarians, they are ecstatic that the US has dealt a heavy blow to a mafia system the EU tacitly tolerated.
28-05-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – Blackmail over borders

When Margaritis Schinas says that “no one can blackmail the European Union”, Morocco and other neighbourhood states might well think that the EU’s Migration Commissioner is bluffing. The decision by Rabat to allow thousands of migrants into the Spanish enclave...
26-05-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – Hanging on the telephone

The EU's latest bad boy, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, finally addressed the press corps in Brussels on Wednesday, if only for a dozen minutes and via zoom, at a joint press conference with European Parliament President David Sassoli.
25-05-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – Passing the rule of law parcel

For such a supposedly all–powerful and overbearing institution, the European Commission isn’t half timid sometimes, even when it comes to defending what are supposed to be its own fundamental values.
14-04-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Hold your horses

A crowd running from water cannons. An accredited journalist refused entry. The roar of police helicopters above a horde of shielded officers. Riderless horses roaming the streets. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a scene from an uprising. But...
17-03-2021

‘Innovative ways’ of evading responsibilities for refugees

A regrettable result of the EU-Turkey Statement from 2016 is that the model continues to serve to EU member states seeking innovative ways to evade responsibility for refugees, writes Charlotte Slente.
12-03-2021

The Brief, powered by amfori – EU’s ‘toolbox fetishism’

Next to the rule of law dilemma, growing assaults on media freedom are posing another test for the EU’s resolve and unity. The question is whether yet another ‘toolbox’ can solve the problem. Do you remember the then European Commissioner...
Economy & Jobs 26-02-2021

Don’t forget the 95% – why Europe needs to seize opportunities of labour migration

Migrant workers play a crucial role in the functioning of our society. It is time the EU shifted its narrative and policy approach from border management and control to investing in regular channels for migration, writes Damian Boeselager.
03-02-2021

The slow death of Schengen

The continuing spread of the Coronavirus in Europe has led to a situation where there is no longer any point to talk about the free movement of people in the Schengen area. In essence, it has collapsed, writes Urmas Paet....
Non-discrimination 20-01-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – Wanted: A Guardian of Democracy

Last Friday, and without much media coverage, the Guardian of the Treaties dealt the latest blow to European citizens' shot at direct democracy by rejecting a petition proposing a protection package for national minorities that had garnered 1.1 million signatures across the EU.
20-01-2021

What we might learn from the Trump administration’s downfall

The siege of the Capitol was one of the darkest moments, but not the last hour of modern democracy, writes Anna Donáth.
02-12-2020

The EU and the rule of law paradox

What has emerged in the last few years in the EU is a political rule of law. This rule of law-political is an instrument of political pressure that should not be confused with the real thing, writes György Schöpflin.