Reading the European Commission’s proposal for the next EU budget: diverted to the interests of the military-industrial complex.

On 2nd of May 2018 the European Commission tabled its proposal for the next seven years long EU budget (2021-2027). As it was to a great extent expected, this is a proposal that institutionalizes the dynamic emergence of the military industrial complex by channeling a large part of the budget into organized interests inside and…

The EU Parliament opens the way for a Defence Commissioner and pushes states to find €76 bn for weapons

The European Parliament will adopt next week in Strasbourg a resolution asking for a radical bureaucratic boost on defence matters. The draft resolution “on the implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy” that has already been approved by the Committee on Foreign Affairs (voted by EPP, Liberals/ALDE and Social Democrats), is a major step towards further…

Cynicism Masquerading as Realism: A Response to Gerald Knaus

BY SELECTIVELY IGNORING inconvenient facts, policy expert Gerald Knaus put forward the 2016 E.U. deal with Turkey as a model for migration policy and the only way to both save the U.N. Refugee Convention and contain populist forces in Europe. Knaus, the founding director of the European Stability Initiative, recently offered this so-called realist model as a solution to the high numbers of asylum seekers and…