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Frontex, Easo and Europol: From a Secondary to a Pivot [...]

This post first appeared at the Open Migration Project   The so-called “refugee crisis” prompted the urge to ensure the functioning of the Schengen area and the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), the need to operationally assist those Member States most affected by the sudden and extraordinary arrival of mixed migratory flows, and the convenience […]

EU-China: the origin and future path of the new doctrine

On Tuesday 9 April, Brussels will host the 21st EU-China summit. This time around, the underlying tone of the meetings may be slightly different than before, following the recent “Strategic Vision” submitted by the Commission to the Council. In its relations with the People’s Republic of China the EU is said to be unable to […]

Brexit means destroying the pro-Europe legacy of all p [...]

All the past British Prime Ministers since 1957 wanted Britain to be a member of the European Community. Could they all have been wrong? In the past 62 years, there’s only one Prime Minister who wants us to turn our back on Europe – the current incumbent, Theresa May. (However, before she became Prime Minister, […]

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Frontex, Easo and Europol: From a Secondary to a Pivotal Operational Role in the Aftermath of the "Refugee Crisis"

David Fernandez-Rojo |

This post first appeared at the Open Migration Project   The so-called “refugee crisis” prompted the urge to ensure the functioning of the Schengen area and the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), the need to operationally assist those Member States most affected by the sudden and extraordinary arrival of mixed migratory flows, and the convenience […]

EU-China: the origin and future path of the new doctrine

Albrecht Sonntag, Miguel Otero Iglesias | | 2 comments

On Tuesday 9 April, Brussels will host the 21st EU-China summit. This time around, the underlying tone of the meetings may be slightly different than before, following the recent “Strategic Vision” submitted by the Commission to the Council. In its relations with the People’s Republic of China the EU is said to be unable to […]

Brexit means destroying the pro-Europe legacy of all past Prime Ministers since 1957

Jon Danzig |

All the past British Prime Ministers since 1957 wanted Britain to be a member of the European Community. Could they all have been wrong? In the past 62 years, there’s only one Prime Minister who wants us to turn our back on Europe – the current incumbent, Theresa May. (However, before she became Prime Minister, […]

Collapsing the ambiguities

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

xitIn a moment when so much is changing so fast, it’s hard to know where to begin in trying to make sense of it all. From the upheaval of Parliamentary procedure to the sudden reaching-across-the-aisle by Theresa May, even that which was unthinkable seems to be both thinkable and actually happening. With that in mind, […]

Mi Propuesta: "Un mecanismo de quejas efectivo para Frontex y Easo"

David Fernandez-Rojo |

La creación de una Guardia Europea de Fronteras y Costas (GEFC) y la propuesta de transformar la Oficina Europea de Apoyo al Asilo (Easo) en una Agencia Europea de Asilo (AEA) en 2016 responde a la necesidad de garantizar la implementación de las medidas adoptadas por la Unión Europea (UE) en el Espacio de Libertad […]

Flying less and the problems with cross-border trains

Helene Dyrhauge | | 1 comment

Climate politics are increasingly looking at decarbonizing the transport sector. Part of the debate focuses on increased pollution from civil aviation, where Ryanair is in the top 10 of EU emitters. Part of the debate focuses on flying less, i.e. twitter #flyingless, and staying on the ground, i.e. rail travel. More recently, the Danish Socialist […]

Britain doesn't want Brexit

Jon Danzig |

Over a million people marched in London yesterday demanding a new People’s Vote on Brexit. The tide has turned. There is now no doubt that Britain doesn’t want Brexit. Today Remainers outnumber Leavers. There are no longer 17.4 million Leave supporters. According to analysis of recent polling, there are now only around 14.8 million Leave […]

#EP2019—Brexit Delay and the Suspension of Fidesz (II)

gulayicoz |

Nine weeks away from the European Parliament elections, Brexit and the suspension of Fidesz from the European People’ Party has been worthwhile developments to pay attention to in the context of the EP elections campaigns. The evening of the 20th of March and the following day have been critical moments for both the British and […]

Brexit: Support your MP to do what's right

Jon Danzig |

The first duty of all MPs is to put the safety of the country first. Contrary to popular belief, MPs are not beholden to follow the opinions of their constituents. That means that MPs in constituencies that voted for Leave are not under any legal or constitutional duty to support Leave if they believe that […]

The Millwallisation of May's Brexit strategy

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

For younger readers, Millwall FC garnered much public interest in the 1980s for their forthright style of football and their supporters, whose chant of “nobody likes us, but we don’t care” resounded around stadiums (and punch-ups). Yes, things have moved on, but still the label has hung around. Theresa May hasn’t yet got into any fist-fights, […]

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