Wars and conflicts have forced more people to flee their countries than any time since World War II. In Europe, more than a million migrants arrived in 2015, sparking a ‘migration crisis’ as countries struggled to cope with the numbers. The Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which has gradually been set up and expanded since…

Last October, the Lebanese parliament elected a new president ending a two-and-a-half-year power vacuum that had crippled the functioning of the government. Just over six months later, Lebanon was drifting into yet another political crisis that could leave the country without a functioning parliament. Fortunately last month, the country’s cabinet approved a new electoral law,…

Виж по-долу за българската версия на тази статия. / See below for the Bulgarian version of this article. Allow me to briefly share what provoked me to write this article: I will not write about the things that every political scientist writes about the upcoming Turkish referendum, or in what way the constitutional amendments would…

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Vice-President of the European Commission Ms Federica Mogherini invited 35 young people from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for a 2 hour sit down at the European External Action Service. The topic, how can young…

Cyprus has been home to many different civilizations, ruled by many kingdoms and colonized by several countries. The last country to colonize all of Cyprus was the United Kingdom. In 1960 the country of Cyprus declared its independence and, though ethnical differences between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots were a serious issue, there was no…

On the 15th of July, something that few could have predicted happened: late on Friday evening, a faction within the Turkish military attempted to seize power in Turkey. The situation in Turkey was chaotic; soldiers closed off the Bosporus Bridge between Europe and Asia; shootings and bombings lasted all night and tanks rolled in on…

The EU-Turkey deal was celebrated by politicians all around Europe as an example of successful European cooperation on a highly pressing issue. It seems to have been effective in discouraging illegal crossings from Turkey to Greece. But is this really a sustainable solution? And how can European countries share the burden of accommodating the hundreds…

Migrants in dire conditions, arriving at Europe’s borders, have been in the news for more than two years now. European states claim to be on top of the situation. But are they? Are they doing enough? And are they doing the right things? This is the first of a series of articles, in which we, members…