An honest assessment of the refugee deal is very much needed since the EU is considering new ones with other transit countries. Both Turkey and key EU countries are facing electoral challenges as well: internal politics and foreign policy decisions are highly interwoven.
2016 can still be remembered as the moment of the successful call for the unilateral reestablishment of national border controls, leading to a progressive decline of freedom of movement in the EU. Another shock to Schengen’s foundations must not be allowed to happen again.
The EU-Turkey Agreement: a turning point in the EU’s policy approach to the refugee crisis but with the devil lurking in the detail
The EU-Turkey agreement is a far cry from Angela Merkel’s open borders policy of the summer of 2015. The only chance for such a voluntary-based agreement to work lies in the Member States’ willingness and solidarity.
The refugee deal of 2015, followed by the opening up of a negotiation chapter, has revitalised the relations between Turkey and the EU; however, there are crucial points to bear in mind for future relations to be sustained.
Schengen is the main collective asset that the EU has produced, along with the euro and the common market. However, it is currently in grave jeopardy of disappearing as far as its land borders are concerned.
Where and how should integration policy-makers focus their resources and attention?
This report is a brief description of the main results obtained from an e-survey among Spanish emigrants, within the research project “Migrations from the Southern Member States of the European Union (Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece) and Ireland”.
The rules on accessing nationality are very different from one EU member state to another. Spain offers the fastest route for most of its immigrants from non-EU countries.
Contrary to what numerous media reports seem to suggest, current Spanish emigration is very slight.
A common notion circulating inside and outside Spain is that over half of young Spaniards (aged 16-24) are unemployed –a ‘fact’ which furthers the image of deep crisis in Spain–.