EU States Must Do More to Counter Iranian Activities in Europe

From 21 to 23 November 2018, we will organise the 4th year of HOMEAFFAIRS – Internal Security Forum Prague. The Forum is a specialised platform for policy makers, non-governmental experts and business representatives to discuss the most pressing internal security challenges. This year’s participants will join closed and open sessions to discuss measures to prevent mass irregular migration and counter Islamic extremism. We have an excellent line-up of guests this year, and the Forum promises to be the best one yet! (more…)...
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The EU Should Quickly Put in Practice the “Regional Disembarkation Platforms”

The HOMEAFFAIRS Briefing is a regular specialised digest of the wider discussion on internal security policy. This time, we reflect on the past European Summit and its Conclusions on migration policy. The EU Should Quickly Put in Practice the “Regional Disembarkation Platforms” Despite the number of contradictory interests and priorities of EU Member States, the leaders managed to come to common Conclusions on migration, which collectively go in the right direction – that is towards an effective and sustainable prevention of mass irregular immigration to Europe. Whereas the idea of “controlled centres” seems to be only a necessary concession to Italy without any realistic prospects, the concept of “regional disembarkation platforms” already on the North African shores is the key for taking control over migratory flows. Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Interior of the Member States as well as the European Commission should now answer the explicit requirement by the European Council and elaborate nuances of practical functioning of this concept...
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Frontex Must Expand its Operations in Africa

The HOMEAFFAIRS Briefing is a regular specialised digest of the wider discussion on internal security policy. Last week, we ventured to Berlin, where we organised restricted roundtables on countering of Islamic extremism and prevention of illegal migration. The event finished off with a public debate on Islamic extremism featuring Alexander Ritzmann, Fellow of the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security and Co-Chair of the Communication and Narratives Working Group of the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network; Sigrid Herrmann-Marschall, independent analyst of Islamic extremist networks; Rebecca Schönenbach, Head of Zentrum für Innereuropäische Sicherheitspolitik, Chairwoman of Veto! Für den Rechtsstaat e.V.; and Head of our Internal Security Program Radko Hokovský. The debate underscored a broad expert consensus on the necessity to combat Islamic extremism even in its non-violent forms. It is time to finally translate this conclusion into policy practice across the EU. Now onto this week’s recommendations, which are thematically diverse and look at migration policy, the macabre practice of genital mutilation and the policy of...
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Let’s Finally Move on to the External Dimension of Migration

The HOMEAFFAIRS Briefing is a regular specialised digest of the wider discussion on internal security policy.   Let’s Finally Move on to the External Dimension of Migration The ill-fated reform of the Dublin system is held hostage by conflicting national interests of EU Member States. Italy wants to reduce the number of asylum seekers on its territory and Germany is pushing for redistribution as an alternative to carrying the burden. However, other Member States are not keen on getting involved in an enterprise that promises many challenges and few incentives. As a result of these fundamental disagreements, consensus on the mandatory redistribution mechanism cannot, and will not, be reached. Instead, focus should be shifted to solutions which are actually viable. This includes measures in African countries to ensure that actual refugees do not have to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of safety and migrants with no right of asylum are prevented from illegally arriving in the EU. Such a policy is...
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