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19 February 2016

We must challenge one popular myth: the notion that it is the fault of Greece that relocation of refugees is not working. In fact, this scheme it is not working any better in Italy. The problem lies deeper.

8 February 2016

There is a race today in Europe between two very different concepts of how to restore control over the European Union's external borders.


14 December 2015

If the EU is serious about making readmission work, it must help Greece increase it capacity to file readmission requests and return accepted migrants to Turkey.

12 December 2015

Mülteci krizine çözüm konusunda Almanya ve Türkiye'den daha iyi konuma sahip ve daha fazla inanılırlığı haiz başka iki ülke yok. İkisi de bu sorunun çözümünde vazgeçilmez aktörler olarak belirmekte.

9 November 2015

A new generation of EU accession reports will be published. If developed further in coming years, this may be the beginning of a revolution in accession methodology.

18 October 2015

If Germany and Turkey cannot reach a deal, there are no other solutions in sight, and the mass migration of Syrians and others into the EU will continue.

4 October 2015

In the current political climate, there is little that European Union institutions can bring to the table. For this reason, it is Germany that must take the lead. We also explain why an agreement between Berlin and Ankara is in the security interest of Turkey.

24 September 2015

Viktor Orban offers no credible or practical proposals how to deal with the causes of displacement; he also has no credible proposals on how to stop the loss of control on the EU's external borders.

18 September 2015

Europe is witnessing the biggest movement of people across South East Europe since the Balkan wars of the 1990s: the mass migration of mainly Syrian refugees from Turkey to Greece and then on to Germany.

5 July 2015

Today Greeks vote in a referendum whose outcome could have dramatic consequences for their country. Polls show that the result is on a knife-edge. Every vote counts.

2 June 2015

The Council of Europe is facing a crisis of credibility today, so deep that it appears to paralyse those in charge of the institution.

30 April 2015

Without migration Kosovo has no medium term economic future.

23 April 2015

There is no reason to expect sports organisations to condemn a regime for human rights abuses that is praised by the leading clubs of European democracies: the Council of Europe and the European Union.

19 March 2015

What is needed in discussions of corruption in the Balkans and Turkey is depth, not shallowness, and statements based on serious analysis, not preconceptions. The European Commission has the tool to ensure this. It only has to use it.

10 March 2015

The vision of a Europe in 2017 with more visa free travel, fewer Balkan asylum claims, better police cooperation and better respect for human rights is realistic. 

23 February 2015

We look at similarities between Yannis Boutaris (born in 1942), mayor of Thessaloniki, and Alexis Tsipras (born in 1974), Greece's new prime minister. Both are charismatic, unconventional, proudly secular and ready to defy taboos.


24 December 2014

The biggest challenge for leaders in Bosnia in 2015 will be to carry out reforms in the face of strong illusions about the causes of the Bosnian development crisis.

14 November 2014

Azerbaijan's dissidents are receiving global recognition but remain in jail. And so far the Council of Europe has barely reacted to their imprisonment.

4 November 2014

Rankings are dangerous when the results are misleading and when gaming the ranking becomes more important than focusing on what really matters for genuine reforms

16 October 2014

Unprecedented waves of political arrests in Azerbaijan and Russia are the result of a deliberate policy to crash all independent voices