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Chasing Frontex through Orestiada NEW
EUtopia 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 44 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 Month, 11 Hours, 16 Minutes 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 Month, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 2 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 Month, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 40 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 Month, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 43 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 Month, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 44 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 Month, 4 Weeks, 13 Hours, 51 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 6 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 55 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 6 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 17 Minutes 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 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 32 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 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 53 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 10 Months, 4 Days, 40 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 10 Months, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 18 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 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 46 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...
The Misleading Change of Focus in the European Commission’s Discourse on Economic Policy NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Olli RehnSo, this morning I read in the papers that the European Commission said that the Member States should “shift the EU's policy focus from austerity to structural reforms to revive growth.” The authors quote a European Commission of...
Marx gegen Jesus? Warum Sozialismus und Christentum zusammen gehören NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 40 Minutes ago
Ich bin Christ, und ich bin Sozialist.Wenn man diese zwei Aussage im gleichen Satz liest, ist man zunächst vielleicht verwundert – war es nicht Marx, der die Religion ‚Opium für’s Volk‘ genannt hat? Steht das ‚...
Marx vs Jesus? Why Christianity and Socialism Should Go Hand-in-Hand NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 56 Minutes ago
I am a Christian, and I am a Socialist.You may read those two statements with some bewilderment, and you may wonder – wasn’t it Marx who said that religion was the ‘opium of the people’? Doesn’t the ‘C’ in &l...
Happy Birthday SPD! NEW
EUtopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Wow, was für ein Tag! Das erlebt man wirklich nicht oft, dass man wohin man auch schaut Gesichter sieht, die man sonst nur aus dem Fernsehen kennt. Gabriel, Steinbrück, Steinmeier, Nahles, Schröder, Schmidt, Hollande, Merkel – al...
EUtopia Lost? Thoughts on Austerity NEW
EUtopia 11 Months, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
I am truly worried about Europe. I am currently marking essays on the effects of austerity on the eurozone. Perhaps two out of 250 students wrote that deeper integration of the EU would be a way out of the crisis. As a Europeanist, I had always place...
Cyprus: Let the Banks Go Bankrupt! NEW
EUtopia 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
It seems like the euro crisis is entering yet another phase. Negotiations on the bail-out of the Cypriot banking sector seemed to initially go so smoothly. Cyprus appeared to be just another country making use of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM...