20 June 2017
Berlin – ESI at public debate: "Problem Solved? - How to tackle the Refugee Crisis and Migration to the EU"
Nadan Petrovic, Sylke Tempel, Andreas Nick, and Gerald Knaus. Photo: ESI
Nadan Petrovic, Sylke Tempel, Andreas Nick, and Gerald Knaus. Photo: ESI

ESI's Gerald Knaus participated in a public debate organised by the Berlin Policy Journal, Deutsche Gesellchaft für Auswärtige Politik, and Stiftung Mercator.

The refugee crisis of summer 2015 is still haunting Europe and has proven a highly controversial topic within the European Union. While the EU-Turkey Agreement on refugees in March 2016 defused the immediate crisis and led to the closure of the "Balkan route," refugees and migrants are perishing in the Mediterranean on a daily basis in a desperate attempt to reach Italy. Why is a European solution for dealing with refugees, and migration in general, so difficult to achieve? What can be done to address the root causes? What shape could a European solution take?

Speakers:

Gerald Knaus
Founding chairman, 
European Stability Initiative (ESI)

Andreas Nick, MP
German Bundestag (CDU/CSU) 

Nadan Petrovic
Migration expert; Professor at La Sapienza University, Rome

Chair:

Sylke Tempel
Editor-in-Chief, Berlin Policy Journal

Recent ESI presentations on this issue:

ORF interview with Gerald Knaus after the event. Photo: ESI
ORF interview with Gerald Knaus after the event. Photo: ESI

On 14 June, ESI met with Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen to discuss EU asylum and migration policy:

Kristof Bender, Gerald Knaus, and President Alexander van der Bellen. Photo: ESI
Kristof Bender, Gerald Knaus, and President Alexander van der Bellen. Photo: ESI
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Photo credits
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.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
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.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com