Publications in: Migration and Internal Security

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

Change and continuity in Germany’s migration policy

Following the the re-election of Angela Merkel, Germany’s new coalition government is set to start work. Some of its most pressing issues revolve around the country's future course on migration, both at the national and European level. This blog post traces how the heated electoral campaign influenced the new government’s coalition agreement and assesses its proposals on EU migration policy. more

Two years into the EU-Turkey ‘deal’ – taking stock

Two years have passed since the EU and Turkey sealed a ‘deal’ to halt large-scale migration to Europe. As numbers remained low, the public eye turned to other theatres. New developments, however, call for a fresh look at the ‘EU-Turkey deal’. Marie Walter-Franke takes stock of the refugee swapping mechanism and the accompanying aid package. more

Turning the tide on EU migration policy

EU Migration Governance

EU migration governance is struggling to control migratory flows to Europe. To stay in the driver’s seat, the EU and its Member States need to commit to a broad spectrum of operational interventions and progressive policy options available. This paper by Nils Feller presents recommendations to better manage migration and strengthen third country cooperation. more