7 March 2016
Vienna – ESI at debate on refugee crisis
Michael Fleischhacker, Kristof Bender, Jörg Wojahn, and Andreas Liebmann-Holzmann. Photo: NZZ.at
Michael Fleischhacker, Kristof Bender, Jörg Wojahn, and Andreas Liebmann-Holzmann. Photo: NZZ.at

On 7 March ESI's Kristof Bender participated in a panel debate on "Refugee crisis: Can there be a European solution?" organised by NZZ.at in Vienna. He discussed with Jörg Wojahn, head of the EU Delegation to Austria, and Andreas Liebmann-Holzmann of the Austrian Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs. The debate was chaired by Michael Fleischhacker, editor-in-chief of NZZ.at

ESI has argued since September that Turkey, Germany and Greece hold the key to any solution. This crisis will either destroy the international asylum system as we know it or mark a step forward towards a more just a regime to deal with asylum. It may mark the decline of human rights values in the EU or see them reaffirmed in the face of resistance.


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In recent months ESI presented its proposal across Europe:
Berlin – Brussels – Moscow – Stockholm – Vienna – Warsaw – Ankara/Istanbul – Sofia
The Hague – ParisBerlinWashington DCAthensMunich

ESI's work on visa liberalisation and EU-Turkey relations is supported by
Stiftung Mercator

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

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