Publications by Lucas Rasche

Better Together? Franco-German Cooperation in the Sahel

The Sahel has become a hub for European security, migration and development-related activities. One of the political drivers has been the increasing Franco-German convergence around the aims of stabilisation and combating the root causes of migration. This blog post traces the trajectory of this strategic convergence and assesses its effective implications. While France, Germany and a core group of EU member states have gradually strengthened the implementation of the comprehensive approach, this blog post also underlines potential pitfalls and the need for systematic vertical and horizontal EU coordination.  more

Moving forward on the tightrope of EU asylum reform

As EU heads of states gather in Brussels, migration is once more on top of the agenda. Only four months after they agreed on yet another compromise to manage the arrival and processing of asylum seekers, these latest proposals have already hit a dead end. Instead of walking into the next trap of short-lived solutions and symbolic displays of unity, EU leaders should this time focus on two longer-term approaches that represent ways out of the current political deadlock.  more

How the ‘Migration Crisis’ Affected Funding Under the MFF

Ahead of negotiations over the Commission’s proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), this Policy Paper explores how the ‘migration crisis’ affected funding for asylum and migration. In the Paper Lucas Rasche analyses the structural deficiencies in the EU’s most relevant funding instrument for migration, the Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF), and argues that a reform of the political framework underpinning funding in the field of asylum and migration is necessary. more

Migration: EU leaders agree on lowest common denominator

At the European Council meeting on 28.-29. June 2018, EU leaders gathered to discuss a future course on migration. Yet, the Council conclusions are fairly opaque. In this blog post Lucas Rasche argues that in the absence of an overall compromise, EU leaders refurbished existing ideas on external asylum processing and fell short of moving beyond the lowest common denominator of strengthening external borders. more

Merkel on EU reform: a decryption

For eight months, the EU had waited for a German response to President Macron’s ideas on EU reform. On 3 June 2018, Chancellor Merkel outlined her own proposals in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. While lacking an overarching vision, she provided some concrete proposals on what she saw as priority policy areas: Eurozone, asylum and border management, as well as foreign and security policy. Here’s what she said and what it means. more