Ten years ago, the European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize. Originally conceived as a reward for demilitarisation, the 2012 accolade seems even more jarring today than it might have done then. Several EU members are involved in external conflicts and the EU is militarising its borders by arming Frontex guards.
In Greece, gateway to the European Union, prosecutions of refugees are becoming ever more frequent and hurried. NGOs denounce the trials as proof of an increasing criminalisation of migration.
On 24 June, in the Spanish enclave of Melilla (Morocco), thousands of migrants, mostly Sudanese, tried to force the metal border fence. Moroccan security forces responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and batons. At least 37 people were killed – 27, according to unofficial reports. Desirée Bela-Lobedde, a Spanish Afrofeminist, shares her thoughts in an opinion column for Público.
Fight irregular migration, return and reintegrate migrants, create more legal pathways to the EU: The European Union set high goals with its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. DW examines whether the EUTF achieved them.
"Abolish Frontex" is a coalition of organisations calling for the dismantling of Frontex, the European Agency for the Management of External Borders, which they hold responsible for a policy that both directly and indirectly endangers the lives of those trying to reach Europe.
A “fortress Europe” is being built thanks to a massive deployment of resources. The result is that the border agency Frontex embraced corporate interests rather than human rights, a new report from Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) shows.