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Dealing with Russia – a Polish view

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Trying to return

Trying to return

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled their country when the Taliban was pushed out. They weathered the US invasion in Pakistani refugee camps and have been gradually returning to their home country. As the political situation stabilized, the wealthiest of these migrants returned to reclaim their land. This year, 300,000 of the most impoverished of […]

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The Waiting Game

The New York Times featured this video on the psychological aspects of going through the asylum process in the United States, which I found worth sharing: Njoya Hilary Tikum has been waiting for the approval of his request for two years. He left his country because of persecution and his student activism in the English-speaking […]

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Czeching Lisbon at the door

Czeching Lisbon at the door

Everybody loves a good feather-ruffling. The European Commission should frankly be thanking Czech President Vaclav Klaus for the disparaging remarks he made on the Lisbon Treaty during a state visit to Ireland. At least Lisbon is back in the press, right? Characterized as a “victory banquet” by the largely Eurosceptic media in Brussels, the anti-Lisbon […]

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Tensions build in Italy

As expected by migrant advocates, the rightist government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has wasted little time in cracking down on illegal migrants in the country's South and throughout industrial centers. In this video, Financial Times correspondent Guy Dinmore takes a look at growing tensions in Milan.

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Increasing Energy Independence

Increasing Energy Independence

Energy independence become a key buzzword in the US presidential debates. The European Union has now launched a new initiative to reduce its member states’ dependence on Russian oil – a controversial move published just at the conclusion of the EU-Russia Summit, which concludes on Friday. The Financial Times is reporting new EU plans to […]

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US elections: European reactions

US elections: European reactions

Expectedly, reactions to the election of Sen. Barack Obama as the 44th US President were overwhelmingly positive across Europe. But in between the congratulatory lines dictated by diplomatic protocol shown the expectations European leaders have of this new President. Quentin Peel, International Affairs editor of the Financial Times believes these expectations might mean Obama is […]

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Foreshadowing an exodus

Foreshadowing an exodus

Today's Wall Street Journal is running an insightful piece on a relatively new development in US immigration policy: return migration. Faced with fewer economic opportunities, in part through tightening regulations and the overall economic slide, illegal immigrants are returning home. This, in turn, has a significant effect on the economies in their countries, who have […]

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Let's make a pact

Let's make a pact

French President and current EU figurehead, Nicolas Sarkozy claimed an early boost to his country's presidency of the Union yesterday, with the conclusion of the much anticipated ‘European Pact on Immigration and Asylum.’ Of course, it was a watered down version of the document that French immigration minister, Brice Hortefeux, was peddling to Member State governments earlier […]

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Let's make a pact

Let's make a pact

French President and current EU figurehead, Nicolas Sarkozy claimed an early boost to his country's presidency of the Union yesterday, with the conclusion of the much anticipated ‘European Pact on Immigration and Asylum.’ Of course, it was a watered down version of the document that French immigration minister, Brice Hortefeux, was peddling to Member State governments earlier […]

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Short shots: EU immigration policy

The European Commission will soon present a Green Paper (i.e. a non-legislative document) examining the changes to the European education landscape to accomodate migrant children, the institution's press service is reporting. Also, the recent Eurobarometer survey shows that European citizens want to see the Union – not national governments – take the lead on key […]

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Healthy choices

Healthy choices

The European Commission has put forward a proposal that would allow patients to seek out medical assistance in other countries irrespective of the approval of their health care provider. Citing principles of free choice, free movement and comparative advantage, EU Health Commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou presented the plans in Brussels. Though the Financial Times predicts the […]

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EU integration proposals: The buck stops with Spain

EU integration proposals: The buck stops with Spain

The French EU Presidency's whistle-stop tour of European capitals in preparation for a restrictive immigration and integration policy has hit a major roadblock: Spain. As one of the EU Member States who has profited both from regular and illegal migration (the Spanish government has issued a number of amnesties for illegals over the years), Prime […]

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The Sarko Show

The Sarko Show

Welcome, Mr. President, to one of the toughest jobs in global politics. You had a killer agenda planned, including the conclusion of an European pact on immigration and asylum, the creation of a functional Mediterranean Union (with the EU-Med Summit in two weeks’ time) and robust responses to the looming natural resource shortage. Already, you […]

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Untying the package?

Untying the package?

For the first time the incoming French EU Presidency has talked of unravelling the Lisbon Reform Treaty to accomodate Irish concerns. Speaking  in Brussels, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Jean-Pierre Jouyet said that the outcome of his President's visit to Ireland in July would clarify whether “there is a need to reopen or not to reopen […]

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About the Author

Cathryn Cluver

Cathryn Cluver is a journalist and EU analyst. Now based in Hamburg, Germany, she previously worked at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, Belgium, where she was Deputy Editor of the EU policy journal, Challenge Europe. Prior to that, she was a producer with CNN-International in Atlanta and London. Cathryn graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master's Degree in European Studies and holds a BA with honors from Brown University in International Relations.

Areas of Focus:
Refugees; Immigration; Europe

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