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Europe under pressure: Managing the refugee influx

A round-table discussion on Europe's reaction on the refugee influx with Wolfgang Ischinger (Hertie School), Anne-Marie Le Gloannec (Sciences Po School of Public Affairs), Claus Offe (Hertie School), and Anna Triandafyllidou (European University Institute).

Europe’s reaction to the refugee influx has been characterised by hand-to-mouth crisis management and the absence of a shared strategy. The resulting internal discord has not only strained relationships with Turkey and the Balkan States – key transit routes used by refugees – but also heightened political tensions within the EU itself. Moreover, the EU and its partners have not been able to forge a joint response to the armed conflict in Syria and the terrorist attacks by the so-called Islamic State.

How can Europe present a united front in this situation? Which instruments can we use and where? What kind of European Neighbourhood Policy is needed in the long run? And which partners can we work with? The events in Paris on 13 November and France’s subsequent efforts to build an international counterterrorism alliance and end the conflict in Syria have made these questions more pressing than ever before.


Melinda Crane, Deutsche Welle TV


Helmut K. Anheier, Dean and President, Hertie School


Wolfgang Ischinger (Hertie School)
Anne-Marie Le Gloannec (Sciences Po School of Public Affairs)
Claus Offe (Hertie School),
Anna Triandafyllidou (European University Institute)

Anne-Marie Le Gloannec and students from our partner university Sciences Po in Paris contributed to the discussion via a live video link.