Angela Merkel’s ambition to foster a “comprehensive strategic partnership” with China is dangerously out of step with the political and economic realities of an increasingly assertive power built on a blend of authoritarianism and globally expansive state capitalism. Germany should instead invest in a united EU approach that engages China with economic and geopolitical savvy.
The Dublin Regulation, a cornerstone of the EU asylum and refugee protection system, is crumbling. The EU Commission has proposed a reform, but it mostly focuses on the current system’s technical flaws. Going forward, civil society actors should identify innovations that can, if proven to work, function as stepping stones for longer term change.
Now 10-years old, the UN Human Rights Council continues to elect and be highly influenced by Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and other states with abysmal human rights records. What realistic steps can be taken to make intergovernmental human rights work more credible and effective? The key is to provide political incentives for states to adopt positions in support of human rights.
by Steffen Eckhard
by Dylan Chambers
by Lotte Ruppert, Andrea Binder
15 August 2016
27 July 2016