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Who bears responsibility?

Models and Perspectives of European Refugee Policy
Different policy areas deal with aspects of migration. In terms of shaping development and foreign policy positions, the migration situation in the regions of origin and transit regions has to be considered carefully. Although it is impossible to fully control the flows of refugees by providing a political framework in a farsighted and proactive manner, this will be the most appropriate way to assume political responsibility. Katharina Senge, International Reports, March 2015 more...

Emigration, Transit and Host Country: Migration in Morocco

Morocco shares a common external border with the European Union due to the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Therefore, the North African country has become a center of transnational migration. Thousands of migrants, mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa, are dwelling in Morocco and attempt to reach the exclaves. Since the migratory pressure will not decrease, the country is facing a severe test. Helmut Reifeld, International Reports, March 2015 more...

Migration in Central America

Magnitude, Causes and Proposed Solutions
For decades Central Americans have been drawn to the United States. Whereas civil wars and dictatorships caused migration in the past, today’s – also irregular – influx of people remains steady mainly for economic reasons and due to family reunions. This raises the question of responsibility of the countries of origin. Simultaneously, immigration has gained a more prominent spot on the domestic agenda of the U.S. The presidential elections 2016 are already on the horizon. Dinorah Azpuru, Violeta Hernández, International Reports, March 2015 more...

EU Elections - Where Are the Voters?

Study about the low turnout in new EU Member States
From 22 to 25 May 2014, EU citizens went to the polls to cast their votes for a new EU Parliament. Almost 60 per cent of eligible voters stayed away. Turnout throughout Europe was therefore lower than ever before in European Union history. An analysis of the figures for the 28 EU Member States shows that turnout was particularly low in countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which did not join the EU until 2004 and 2013 in the course of the eastern EU enlargement. Investigation of the underlying reasons for the low turnout and some recommendations for action on how turnout could be increased. Franziska Fislage, Facts & Findings, March 2015 more...

Interjection: Hunger and Politics

Many international institutions and national governments have been ambitious in fighting hunger and its causes. The recognition of hunger as a multi-causal problem is a significant advance. However, as long as local politicians do not actively commit themselves to this hardship, poverty and hunger reduction will remain a global dilemma. Wolfgang Maier, International Reports, January 2015 more...

The Shale Revolution in the U.S. and its Impact on Energy Markets, Energy Security, and the U.S. Energy Transition

The growing energy demand in developing regions and the transformation of the U.S. from an energy importer to an exporter are changing the world of energy. This change is mainly caused by the development of resources through the unconventional extraction of gas and oil. The shale revolution in the U.S. has an impact on its economic prospects as well as on climate policy. Moreover, geopolitical implications arise. Jan-Justus Andreas, International Reports, January 2015 more...

Changing Times in the Hindu Kush?

Afghanistan Facing the Transformation Decade
In 2014, Afghanistan experienced a year of destiny: After the completion of the transition phase, the end of the mission of the International Security Assistance Force and the presidential elections, it is time to take stock. Although since the end of Taliban rule improvements have been achieved in terms of basic health care, education and state-building, the new Afghan government has still a lot to accomplish. Nils Wörmer, International Reports, January 2015 more...

Islam - Islamism

Clarification for turbulent times
“No one is as murderously ‘Islamophobic’ as Islamists are.” These are the words used by the British journalist Nick Cohen several years ago to express the fact that it is Islamists in particular who do the greatest public damage to Islam. It is important and essential to make a clear and thorough distinction between Islam and Islamism. Islam is a complex and multi-faceted religion and ideology, and any simplified description reflects the thinking of precisely those representatives with whom this text is concerned. Thomas Volk, Facts & Findings, January 2015 more...

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