Commentaries


Hotspots and Relocation Schemes: the right therapy for the Common European Asylum System?

Introduction The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the Schengen travel area are in considerable jeopardy. The spontaneous arrival of approximately one million persons in 2015, 90% from the top refugee-producing countries of the world (UNHCR), has cruelly exposed their paradoxes and set in motion centrifugal forces that appear to threaten their very existence (The […]

Turkey and the EU: consensus or contention?

The visit of the Turkish president, Tayyip Erdoğan, to Brussels on 4-6 October 2015 and his meetings with high-ranking EU officials caused an intense media discussion. The reason is the set of measures discussed by Turkish and European officials regarding current migration crisis management. The measures discussed, among others, include the collaboration between Turkey and […]

Polish response to the refugee crisis: where the wild things are?

When, on 11 September 2015, the Polish prime minister signed a declaration of the Visegrad Group on the migration crisis in Europe, it seemed that the division between old and new Europe stood beyond repair. In the declaration, the countries opposed any form of obligatory refugee distribution in European Union. This act, together with repeated […]

How feasible is the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in Libya?

The EU’s planned anti-smuggling military operation in Libya stands on fragile ground, both legally and politically. EU politicians, inspired by the UN Security Council’s 2008 anti-piracy resolution and the EU’s Operation ATALANTA, speak optimistically. However, as I argue in a recent post ‘The Legal and Political Feasibility of the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in […]