By Barbara Gianessi When European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, paid a high profile visit to Turkey last week she raised the hopes of those who urge for a renewed relationship between the EU and Turkey. This meeting, just one month after Mogherini’s appointment, was interpreted as a demonstration of good-will to enhance EU partnership with Ankara, which for a long time has been in a state of inertia. During her visit, Ms. Mogherini called for a stronger “alignment on foreign policy” with Turkey, stressing the importance of a closer cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militants and on EU sanctions against Russia.
The Battlefield of Egyptian Universities – 16/12/2014 – OrientXXI
Since the beginning of October, Egyptian universities have become the favourite target of the government repression. With laws which have become the more and more strict, students can now be accused of terrorism and thus be tried by military courts. However, the demonstrations continue, while the division between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and students opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood make it difficult to unifie the opposition efforts.
Germany struggles to cope with asylum surge – 9/12/2012 – BBC News
Germany receives more refugees and asylum seekers than any other EU country, especially from the Middle East. Numbers have risen sharply in recent years. The government estimates that up to 200,000 people will seek asylum in Germany this year. Financially, refugees are the responsibility of each German state, which must provide accommodation, food, medical care and clothing. While most people confirm they are willing to help, there is a sense that Germany is doing more than its fair share.