EU

  • What is the EU Relocation Scheme and why does it exist?

    According to the Dublin Regulation (which first came into force in 1997 and was altered in 2003 and 2013), asylum seekers have to go through the process of applying for asylum in the first EU country they enter. While this may not have seemed such a bad idea in...
  • Migrant crisis: time for Europe to change tactics

    Europe’s migrant crisis was defined the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. The number of arrivals on Europe’s shores is kept up-to-date daily and European leaders’ statements resound on television, while on the screens flow images of migrants’ faces...
  • Democracy: the Holy Grail of political representation

    As Britain comes to terms with the result of its most recent expression of mass electoral democracy, the EU referendum vote, political division has given way to tense debate about how we define and exercise democracy. With the Vote Leave campaign winning by a margin of just 52% to...
  • Whose Europe? Whose Union?

    The well-known story about the European Union begins with the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community and later of the European Economic Community, following the end of the Second World War. This cooperation was very much motivated by the assumed nexus between political order and prosperity, as...
  • Brexit: a crisis for the establishment?

    The curious thing leading up to Britain’s decision to exit the EU was the distinct lack of real choice, despite the vastly opposing consequences of the two options on the ballot paper. One side told us to reject the established norms of globalisation, to take back control of our...
  • The Shame of Europe

    As the sun sets on the island of Lesvos, my heavy heart sinks along with it. These have been days of many devastating blows. The controversial EU-Turkey deal turned the most vulnerable among us into pawns in a political game. Under this legislation, all refugees arriving in Greece will be put...
  • Lives for Sale: Saudi Arabia and the Arms Trade

    In January this year a leaked UN report by a panel of experts on the situation in Yemen confirms that at least 119 airstrikes by the Saudi forces have been targeting civilians. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been first hand witnesses as a number of their medical facilities have been attacked repeatedly. The fact...