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Migration in Europe

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Migration in Europe. Against the backdrop of a world where perspectives are changing rapidly and the transition from old to new certainties often looks like charting an itinerary through unknown territory, the issue of migration ranks high on many agendas. Quite a few of those who participate in debates about migration increasingly feel the need to move away from numbers, procedures, reception centres, border control and friction management in order to enable themselves to take a step back and out of the box in search for a fuller understanding of what is really happening and in search for a fresh look about what to do. A recent attempt to contribute to such a search is People Flow: Managing migration in a New European Commonwealth, a report written by Theo Veenkamp, Tom Bentley and Alessandra Buonfino and published beginning of May 2003 jointly by Demos and openDemocracy. The report turned out to be controversial and thought provoking from the start, igniting a thorough and rich digital debate on openDemocracy.net. GLOBUS, Tilburg University?s multidisciplinary research institute for globalisation and sustainable development, founded by Ruud Lubbers in 1998, and acting as a platform for critical debate among researchers, policy makers and others, took the initiative to organise, together with Demos, where Tom Bentley is director, and the Netherlands Ministry of Justice, where Theo Veenkamp is head of strategy, an invitational conference with the purpose to explore further and scrutinize the comprehensive and unorthodox thought exercise which is developed in People Flow.

 

By GLOBUS Institute for Globalization and Sustainable Development, Netherlands.

European Union Policy Resource.


Turkey's Preparation for EU Accession: What Has Been Achieved?

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Turkey's Preparation for EU Accession: What Has Been Achieved? "Turkey has ever since Attatürk closely aligned itself with the West and has become a founding member of the United Nations, a member of NATO, the Council of Europe, the OECD and an associate member of the Western European Union. During the Cold War Turkey was part of the Western alliance, defending freedom, democracy and human rights. In this respect, Turkey has played and continues to play a vital role in the defence of the European continent and the principal elements of its foreign policy have converged with those of its European partners..." Lecture by Uluç Özülker.

 

By Cicero Foundation, Netherlands, EU.

European Union Policy Resource.


Creating a core Group for European Defence Co-operation?

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Creating a core Group for European Defence Co-operation? "The Monetary Union can be seen as a precedent because it called for a substantial transfer of sovereignty in a field certainly as politically sensitive as defence. The Euro saw the light in 2001 because after years of groping with sectoral or peripheral solutions, which proved all ineffective because too limited in nature, it was decided in Maastricht in 1991 to opt for a political and comprehensive choice, a Monetary Union. Has the European Defence process not reach the same stage and, all things considered, should it not be addressed in the same manner?" Lecture by Pierre Etienne Champenois.

 

By Cicero Foundation, Netherlands, EU.

European Union Policy Resource.