European refugee policy is failing. Top courts have found several EU countries responsible for exposing asylum seekers to inhumane and degrading conditions. Increasing deaths in the Mediterranean call into question achievements in law. EU countries should not only uphold their international responsibilities, but also exercise agency beyond their immediate neighborhoods.
China is investing in a parallel international institutional order. As President Xi Jinping visits Washington, the US and Europe need to rethink their approach to China, for it is based on the flawed assumption that the country has both an obligation and interest to become a responsible stakeholder in the Western mold, argues Thorsten Benner.
The Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues program (GGF) brings together 25 young professionals from China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States to look ahead 10 years and recommend ways to address key global challenges. The GGF 2027 fellows will focus on data governance, global health or transnational terrorism.
Two years into the “NSA affair,” oversight over German intelligence agencies remains weak and the relationship between German and American agencies highly asymmetric. To live up to the standards that it imposes on others, the German government needs to lead a public debate on improving the capabilities of its agencies and on the limits that should be applied to them.
Political imprisonment remains an entrenched practice in a diverse range of authoritarian countries. Rather than limiting itself to mere criticism of the practice, foreign policy on human rights must address specific cases of political imprisonment. Germany can and should do more on behalf of political prisoners, conclude a group of German policy experts convened by GPPi.
by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
by African Civil Society Circle
GPPi & Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
by Clara Weinhardt, Fabian Bohnenberger
Development and Cooperation (D+C)
08 October 2015
29 September 2015
25 September 2015