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The steady flow of migrants from the Middle East
and Africa suddenly exploded in 2015 into the greatest crisis of its kind in
Europe since World War II. How this happened and what the EU and national
governments ought to do about it is examined in this survey of work by GIS
The EU is in
profound crisis, caused by years of shallow leadership. Only a radical change
in its leaders’ performance can salvage the European project now. Managing
structural problems instead of resolving them, trying to shame the rebellious
public into accepting business as usual and blaming the United States for
Europe’s dangerously weak security position is a road to self-destruction.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
A year has
passed since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany to Syrian refugees on
August 31, 2015, dealing a savage blow to the Schengen Agreement and teeing off
a profound political conflict among the European Union states. Leaders in
Brussels espouse official optimism about their ability to resolve eventually the
multiple challenges that stem from this crisis. Even under an optimistic
scenario, however, things are likely going to get much worse before they can
begin to get better.
For several months, the European Union has been at work overhauling its defense and security strategy. During their June 2015 summit in Brussels, EU leaders assigned this task to the community’s chief of diplomacy. The European Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EGS) is due to be presented at the EU summit in June 2016....
General Stanislaw Koziej