Publications by Lucas Rasche

EP 2014-19: Key Votes: Emergency Relocation Mechanism

0n 17 September 2015, the European Parliament voted on the emergency relocation mechanism for asylum seekers arriving in Italy and Greece. This policy brief illustrates the geographic rift among MEPs from different member states and shows how the vote divided political groups on the left and right. These cleavages still undermine negotiations to reform the Common European Asylum System. more

Breaking the deadlock on EU asylum reform?

The reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) remains difficult. Recent initiatives by the Commission and a joint position paper from Germany and France sought to provide a new impetus to the negotiations. In this Policy Position, Lucas Rasche argues that there is nevertheless little hope these initiatives can lead to a breakthrough ahead of the European Parliament elections on 23-26. May 2019. more

Troubled Water: What are the lessons from Operation Sophia?

In a row over the disembarkation of migrants rescued at sea, the Italian government has brought the EU’s maritime military Operation Sophia to the verge of collapse. As its current mandate expires on 31 December 2018, Lucas Rasche explores what the trouble about Operation Sophia is really about. more

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