Safe and legal pathways to protection in Europe are scarce. Officially, states should admit only â€˜the most vulnerableâ€™ refugees. Yet, writes Natalie Welfens, humanitarian considerations are increasingly bound up with concerns about refugees' social and cultural fit with the admission state Read more
Kristian Vrede Skaaning Frederiksen
Citizens of young democracies sanction governments for violating democratic principles. However, as Kristian Vrede Skaaning Frederiksen finds, in new research based on data from 43 countries, citizens of old democracies do not. Given recent attacks on democracy across the world, the insights are important for policymakers as well as citizens Read more
Germany has developed into a hugely diverse country, but Angela Merkelâ€™s centre-right CDU is still grappling with this reality, writes Isabelle Hertner. Over Merkel's 16-year Chancellorship, her party has been torn between pragmatic immigration policy, and the demand for cultural assimilation Read more
Turkey is upping its game in terms of exercising â€˜pastoral powerâ€™ over its diaspora communities abroad, aiming to turn them into loyal and disciplined subjects who accept the governmentâ€™s nationalist discourse, writes Chiara Maritato Read more
We owe much to the Kurds for the defeat of Islamic State, even if the fight still goes on.â€¯Yet,â€¯writes Dastan Jasim, the rise ofâ€¯Turkey as an unpredictable military power threatens post-conflictâ€¯reconstruction â€“ and Syriaâ€™s democratic future Read more
Despite the growing accord between Moscow and Ankara, a relationship that has grown ever closer over the past three decades, a new strategic partnership is unlikely to develop in the near future, writes Mehmet BardakÃ§Ä±, due to significant differences over geostrategic interests, the lack of a mutual social base to the relationship, and the limited capacity of Russia as an economic partner Read more
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