International Organizations

Beware the EU's Dictatorial Border Control Plans

By Adriel Kasonta
In response to the recent tragic attacks in Paris and the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters, the European Commission presented on December 15, 2015, its plan aiming at managing the Europe’s migration crisis more effectively by improving the internal security of the European Union and by safeguarding the principle of free movement of persons guaranteed by the Schengen open-borders system.

Chapter opened, now what?

Amanda Paul
On Monday Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and EU Affairs Minister and chief negotiator Volkan Bozkır were in Brussels. The purpose of their visit was to open Chapter 17, Economic and Monetary Union, in Turkey's EU accession talks. This was the first chapter opened since 2013.

Why Europe Should Beware Of Turkey

 

By Adriel Kasonta
EU leaders have offered Turkey a very generous package consisting of three billion euros in aid, but at what cost to Europe?
President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who happens to be a history graduate, seems not to have been paying keen attention during his studies. It clearly looks as if he missed this important lesson from the French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville: “History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.”


The EU and China: A Union Divided

The EU and China: A Union Divided

 Kerry Brown
In late 2015, a European official was talking with me about the many delegations they had received over the years from China. In the end, my conversation partner finally shrugged, looked wistfully ahead, and asked, partly rhetorically, “What do they (the Chinese) really think of us? We have the meetings, we say the right things, we seem to get on fine, but you never really get an idea of what they expect or want from Europe.”

Schengen and European Security


Project Syndicate, Daniel Gros
BRUSSELS – Another key European project is under threat. Some two decades after border controls were first abolished under the Schengen Agreement – which now includes 26 countries, including four non-members of the European Union – Germany has reinstated controls at its border with Austria, and France at its border with Belgium. The controls are meant to be temporary, and the vast majority of other borders remain open. But more openness does not seem to be the direction in which Europe is headed – and that is a serious problem.

A ‘transactional’ EU membership?

Good news! New chapters may soon open in Turkey’s looming membership in the European Union. The news came as spy/terrorist-journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül finished their 11th day in their prison cells. But why not speed up the membership process?

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