Germany’s Heated Asylum Debate Has Dark Parallels to Events 30 Years Ago

It was a moment that has defined Angel Merkel’s chancellorship of Germany ever since. In early September 2015, she allowed thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq to enter Germany. Merkel promised her people that Germany would be able to handle the growing influx of asylum seekers, but her decision provoked a storm that helped fuel the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Since then, German politics has been largely dominated by that one controversial matter–asylum policy. The current debate has clear parallels with an earlier period of German history. In the 1980s and 1990s, another Asyldebatte (asylum debate) dominated the then-capital of West Germany, Bonn, and spread across the country amid the rise of two right-wing parties: the Republicans and the German People’s Union. Read more…


The Fear of Radicalisation: Moroccan Security Strategy post-2011

The Kingdom of Morocco stands out among the Saharan states. Its monarchic and political elites in Rabat do not have to fear any significant turmoil. Its tourism businesses in places like Marrakesh are striving on the back of a brand that attracts wealthy holidaymakers from all around the globe. Its key industries have explored new export markets in the past few decades. Its port in Casablanca has turned into a trans-regional trade centre. All these indicators could suggest that there is nothing to worry about for King Mohammed VI. and decision-makers across the country. But that suggestion neglects the ongoing direct and indirect security threats the kingdom has to deal with. Read more…


Turkey After The Referendum: An Untouchable President And His Wobbly Country

Is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the strong man the Turkish people wanted? Or does he cut the legs of Turkish society off, turn the country upside down, and cause irreparable damage? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is one of the most fascinating figures in today’s international political scene. Under his guidance, the country between Bosporus and Kurdistan enjoyed a period of economic prosperity and societal progress until a few years ago, when Mr Erdoğan started cementing his position as the undisputed leader. Read more…

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