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‘Foreign fighters’ – Member States’ responses and EU action in an international context

Written by Piotr Bakowski and Laura Puccio As the hostilities in Syria and Iraq continue and terrorism activities worldwide seem to be on the rise, EU Member States are increasingly confronted with the problem of aspiring and returning ‘foreign fighters’. Whereas the phenomenon is not new, its scale certainly is, which explains the wide perception … Continue reading

Ask EP – You asked, we answered

What was your EU topic of the year? In all probability we dealt with it. Check out the Ask EP review of 2014. At the end of this year, Ask EP will have treated some 10,000 letters and messages addressed to the European Parliament or its President. We receive these messages from all over Europe … Continue reading

The situation of Kurds in Kobane

3 language versions available in pdf: The situation of Kurds in Kobane Die Lage der Kurden in Kobane La situation des Kurdes à Kobané Commenting on the fighting against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, citizens called on the EU to help the civilians and threatened minorities. In particular, they were concerned about the … Continue reading

EU, the Mediterranean and the Middle East – In Focus

Three years after the ousting of the former Tunisian president Ben Ali and the beginning of the uprisings in Egypt, it is perhaps a good time to take stock of what has been accomplished in the “Arab Spring countries” and the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Over the last three years, long-standing … Continue reading

Dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons programme: an early look at the prospects and obstacles

Under the supervision of international experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Syrian personnel began the process of dismantling the country’s chemical weapons (CW) program on Sunday 6 October 2013. However, analysts caution that serious obstacles lie ahead, and many remain sceptical at the prospects for a successful dismantling of the … Continue reading

Ridding Syria of chemical weapons: the complications that lie ahead

[last update 16/01/2014] Under the supervision of international experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Syrian personnel began the process of dismantling the country’s chemical weapons (CW) programme on Sunday 6 October 2013. The move follows a major chemical weapons attack in the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus on 21 August 2013, … Continue reading

EU assistance to Syrian refugees

The number of refugees from Syria now exceeds 2.1 million. The EP is calling for a comprehensive humanitarian aid package inside and outside Syria, together with a more coherent approach from Member States (MS) to the reception of refugees from Syria. Number of Syrian refugees   Doctors and medical profes­sionals state that the conflict in Syria … Continue reading

Potential No-Fly Zone Over Syria

The West is stepping up their pressure on President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Humanitarian concerns including the alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people and the current”no-end-in-sight” scenario have made the United States and the European Union look for alternatives to diplomacy and sanctions. President Obama has reportedly asked the Pentagon to draw up plans … Continue reading

Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

6 language versions available in PDF format Syrische Flüchtlinge in Nachbarstaaten Los refugiados sirios en los países vecinos Les réfugiés syriens dans les pays voisins I rifugiati siriani nei paesi vicini Syryjscy uchodźcy w krajach sąsiednich Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries In the wake of the protracted internal armed conflict in Syria, growing numbers of … Continue reading

Women in 2011–2012 reports: Syria

Whereas the status of women is widely held to have improved under President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, the actual recognition of their rights seems to depend on many factors including social class and residence (a city or countryside). As a result, a sizeable part of the Syrian female population experiences various forms of discrimination. Women were … Continue reading

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