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New EU border guard agency is no magic bullet

The European Union’s new border guard agency is meant to remedy the failings of its predecessor, Frontex. Dr Lisa Watanabe asks whether the EBCG will be endowed with what Frontex lacked.
Global Europe 22-09-2016

Outsourcing European border security – ‘at the whim of foreign dictators’?

If Europe wants to stabilise itself against the relentless pressure of South-North migration — a must rather than an option now — taking matters into its own hands is the only sustainable way forward, argues Leopold Traugott.

Towards compassion and a ‘compact’ on refugees

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appeals to European leaders meeting in Brussels today (28 June) to contribute for a new Global Compact on Responsibility-sharing for Refugees, as well as a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
Security 17-06-2016

The EU’s collective security: Stronger together!

The people of Europe are facing a multi-faceted security challenge that they need to confront together, whatever the outcome on 23 June. "Collective security" needs to be placed at the very heart of the European construction, write Jacques Delors, António Vitorino, Pascal Lamy, Enrico Letta and Yves Bertoncini.

A safe and humane external border: Europe can manage

On the eve of the crucial European Council summit, Maria João Rodrigues asks whether Turkey should be asked to control Europe's external border and whether there are no other solutions that are more decent, cheaper and more reliable.
Global Europe 15-03-2016

Syria five years on: Time for the EU to step up

Having seen first-hand the evolution of the Syria conflict, Dr. Osama Abo Elezz has witnessed the horrors of a war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions. He believes that it has now reached a tipping point that could either result in a peace deal or spell disaster for the country.

Plea for a European asylum agency

According to a study by the Centre of European Economic Research (ZEW), a European asylum agency with far-reaching responsibility for processing refugees and implementing asylum procedures would be a more cost effective and fairer system, writes Friedrich Heinemann.

Schengen is dead? Long live Schengen!

Schengen needs to be safeguarded in the face of international crises, write Jacques Delors, António Vitorino, Yves Bertoncini and the participants of the Jacques Delors Institute 2015 European steering committee.

The refugee crisis: Four steps to be taken

Sharing the burden of the refugee crisis is not just about relocating refugees, says Ivailo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
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