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…

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…

How the E.U.-Turkey Deal Came to Be

German chancellor Angela Merkel has trumpeted the agreement to return Syrian refugees to Turkey from Greece as a “European solution.” But with no real accord across the 28 member states, terms and conditions that will be difficult to put into practice and continuing arrivals to Greece, is it truly a breakthrough? Turkey and the European…