Australia’s New Refugee Policy and the Implications for Cambodia and Southeast Asia

With regard to the current refugee crisis, the European Union has so far not been able to agree on a common approach. In the search for more effective approaches, some point to the Australian refugee policy. However, in order to assess whether the Australian approach can be a model for European migration policy, it is mandatory not only to look at Australia and short-term effects of this policy, but also to discuss the long-term effects on the entire region.


How many refugees can Germany accept? How can an equitable sharing of the burden in Europe be organised? And what will be the consequences of the influx of hundreds of thousands of people on the cohesion of the societies affected? These are just some of the questions that are currently occupying the minds of politicians, businesspeople and society in Germany and Europe in equal measure. However, there is another aspect that is not receiving much attention and that Chancellor Merkel therefore made a point of emphasising during a speech on the occasion of the UN Development Summit in New York.

Germany – A "Developing Country"

Towards a Sustainable Future with the "2030 Agenda"

The Agenda 2030 is another important step on the way to equal opportunities and better living conditions around the world - a path that began in 1992 with the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio. It is a unique global total project, which will pose a number of challenges to the international community in the future. In addition to the Memorandum of Understanding and the list of objectives of the Agenda 2030, its financing framework and the so-called monitoring procedure play a particularly important role.

Illicit Financial Flows as an Obstacle to Development

The phenomenon of Illicit Financial Flows has been receiving increasing attention in recent years, especially in the discussion on the financing of development cooperation. Investors as well as developing countries have recognized the dangers and side effects that are not limited to financial losses for the state concerned, but also question its statehood in general.

On the Other Side of Crisis or Back on the Brink?

Outlook on the 2015 Presidential Elections in Ivory Coast

The outcome of the presidential elections in Côte d'Ivoire in 2010 has deepened the political division of the country. This year's presidential elections are therefore followed internationally with great attention. A new escalation is currently unlikely. The reason lies not only in the expected victory of the incumbent, but can also be traced back to the emergence of the social awareness of a superior national interest.

The "2030 Agenda" – More Privatization, less Democracy?

A New Direction for Global and European Development Policies

The global consequences of migration, climate change, wars and conflicts require a truly global partnership between developing and emerging countries on the one hand and developed countries on the other. The success of the 2030 Agenda will not only be measured by new forms of financing, but also by the realization of democracy and the rule of law as well as by the observance of human rights.

Time to Rethink EU Strategy?

The European Union’s Role in the Palestinian Territories and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The EU’s hope to politically influence the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to contribute to a lasting peace in the region has not been fulfilled. Particularly in view of the current situation in the region, the EU must take more responsibility in resolving the Middle East conflict and prove the efficiency of its investments.

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