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"I Don't Have Any Choice": Forced Prostitution in Sicily NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
3 May 2014My job for today was to drive to Mineo – the notorious refugee camp I wrote about yesterday. After having breakfast and writing the article on Greece, I left Catania at around 11.30 for the 50km trip. The road was quite busy, and it w...
The Greek Deal NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Greece likes to see itself as an exceptional case. Think of the naming dispute with its neighbour in the north, or the paranoia about Turkish invasion causing an outrageously high military budget. In turns out that in matters of immigration, Greece t...
The Mafia Connection NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
I said yesterday that today would probably give me lots to write about. In fact, I want to say so much that I am not sure where to start. I had three appointments today – one with the Italian Refugee Council, one with the Centro Astalli of the...
"You Don't Actually Pay for Parking..." NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
1 May 2014Okay, whatever I had planned for today, it didn’t work out. I left my hostel for Palermo quite early in the morning, making sure I’d be on time. When I arrived at the accommodation centre, no one was there. But let me tell you w...
Arrival in Sicily NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
30 April 2014I have arrived in Sicily. This is my final research trip, and it will hopefully conclude the impressions I had been gathering from the Southern border of the European Union. I have a lot of plans here, although the thing that currently p...
Greece NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
4 April 2014My stay in Athens represents the second part of my field research. The reasons for my stay here are twofold: first of all, I have family here. Secondly, during my attempt to acquire authorisation for visiting the detention centre in Orest...
Chasing Frontex through Orestiada NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 1 Week, 28 Minutes ago
19 March 2014I had great expectations for today’s trip to Orestiada, but unfortunately they were not met with results. I did not visit the detention centre, and the person responsible for granting the authorisation was not available. However, t...
Hawar's Story NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 1 Week, 22 Hours ago
18 March 2014Today I did what I came here for. Once again I set off to make my way through the jungle of controls at Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint. Everything went smoothly, and I took the conventional bus route to Pastrogor’s refugee camp...
"If you are illegal, you're just a shadow" NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 1 Week, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
17 March 2014So this has been the first day of my research. I would not say that I have been exceptionally lucky. Only some of what I hoped to accomplish got done, but at least there is hope. But I’ll come to that later. Let me first tell you a...
Arrival in Edirne NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
16 March 2014So here I am! Edirne! My hotel room could be better, but it’s alright. You do feel like you’re in a different part of the world here. There is a massive, beautiful mosque outside my window. It’s Sunday night, yet everyo...
Tickets Booked! NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
13 March 2014Finally, good news! Lots of good news actually. After my initial attempts to get in touch with the responsible authorities have been somewhat unsuccessful, I am now on track towards getting this field research done. I tried calling Calta...
First Thoughts NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
10 March 2014My field research is about to begin. This is the essence of my PhD. My field research is the reason I got funding, and it was the impetus for this whole endeavour. Without it, this project would be meaningless.What is Europe? What is the...
The two mistakes of Venizelos in front of the EP last week! NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 1 Month, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The EP is a very fascinating institution, even more so for a social scientist. There are so many things one could research on, from an anthropological study of the different casts’ social relations (MEPs, assistants, staff and stagiaires) to ho...
Europäische Asylpolitik: Warum Dublin abgeschafft werden muss NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Mehr als 300 tote Flüchlinge an Europas Mittelmeerküste sollte uns eigentlich dazu anregen, über die Grundlagen der europäischen Flüchlingspolitik ernsthaft nachzudenken, doch bei den Reaktionen europäischer Politiker st...
The Cynics Win: European Asylum Policy 130 Deaths Later NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Hundreds of dead refugees on Europe’s shores on a single day should give us cause to reflect on the basic principles of the European asylum policy, but cynics would not be disappointed if they heard the responses of our policy-makers today. &ld...
Asyl für Snowden in Europa? NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 16 Minutes ago
Edward Snowdens Offenbarungen über ein weitreichendes amerikanisches Spionageprogramm haben in ganz Europa für Schock und Empörung gesorgt. Millarden europäischer SMS, Telefonate und Emails wurden systematisch vom US-Geheimdienst...
Should Europe Grant Snowden Asylum? NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 37 Minutes ago
Edward Snowden’s revelations about the United States‘ extensive espionage programme have caused shock and irritation throughout Europe. Not only were billions of European text messages, phone calls and emails tapped systematically by the...
Irrwege der Sparpolitik Teil I: Die Fehldeutung der Krise NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 9 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Vor ein paar Tagen stellte sich der französische Präsident Hollande bei einer Konferenz mit japanischen Unternehmen ans Rednerpult und verkündete lautstark: „Die Krise ist vorbei!“ Wow, das sind ja tollte Nachrichten. Leide...
The Latest Act of the Greek Tragedy: Public Broadcasters and European Democracy NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Last Tuesday I went to see Before Midnight in the cinema. I loved the fact that it was filmed in the Southern Peloponnese, and when I come back home, I realize that ERT - the Greek television and radio broadcaster - is closed. Some times ago we were...
Pitfalls of Austerity Part I: A Misdiagnosed Crisis NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Yesterday the European Commission gave its annual recommendations for the member states’ economic policies. Barroso said, that “Europe must move beyond the crisis.” Policy proposals focus on growth, rather than austerity, allowing s...