Bursting the Bubble

Column: Defence & Security

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Europe’s Hybrid Adversary: The European Dimension of the Battle for Aleppo

31 October 2016 | by Dmitriy Miryan

After the latest Syrian ceasefire deal had been violated through a reckless airstrike on a UN-convoy which headed into the encircled Aleppo, more than 560 people were killed (according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights). London and Washington called for Russia and its Syrian ally Assad to face war crime investigations, accusing them of […]

Frontex’s new mandate, a controversial EU approach to the refugee crisis

26 October 2016 | by Natàlia Segura

Only five years ago, barely anyone in Europe (outside the EU bubble) had ever heard of Frontex. Today, this young agency has captured media and civil society attention as it has become a relevant actor in the worst migration crisis the continent faces since World War II. With a recently approved new mandate and additional […]

What future for the international protection of refugees in Europe?

16 September 2016 | by Natasha Marie Levanti

The year 2016 will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most challenging for the European Union. The unexpected number of migrants arriving in Europe and the clumsy decisions adopted in response to the refugee crisis are spreading dissent over the entire European project, increasing the threat for the EU’s fragmentation. Hungary and Italy represent […]

A new EU Security Strategy: towards a militarised Europe?

16 August 2016 | by Natàlia Segura

“Europe has never been so prosperous, so secure nor so free”. It was 2003 and those were the words introducing the self-congratulatory EU Security Strategy that set the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) guidelines for the next 13 years. The former High Representative (HR), Javier Solana, drafted it to tackle indirect and external threats, […]

Let’s not devalue human life in the name of preserving it

18 April 2016 | by Francois Ducrotté

On fighting terrorism, one will always defend the short term of action and the use of hard tools, the other the long term way and the use of soft tools. The solution often stands in between, but one can still find solutions while respecting EU core values such as human and fundamental rights. Democracies have […]