Archive for the ‘Eastern Europe’ Category

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Frontex 4: Raw Material For Securitisation

November 28, 2010

At the beginning of September a call for expressions of interest in demonstrating at Frontex’s Research and Development workshop “Small UAVs and Fixed systems for Land border surveillance” to take place in Bulgaria on October 19th appeared at Frontex’s website.

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Frontex 3: A Baby Institution with Super Powers

November 26, 2010

A brief research on what Frontex mandate includes today exposes an organisation, which in five years of existence, has astonishingly grown from marginal into a giant at the heart of migration and security policy as well as European external relations.

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FRONTEX 1: Looking for a permanent crisis, to settle in

November 18, 2010

Five years after its birth Frontexis rising into the heart of European Security Politics. But while praise is arriving from European Member States for its contribution and professional approach in curbing migration influxes in Europe, important questions about the structure, policies and strategies of the organisation remain out of the spotlight…

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Authoritarianism consolidates in Bulgaria

May 4, 2010

The authoritarian tendencies of the populist Borissov government in Bulgaria are becoming blatantly obvious after the recent developments:

– A spate of spectacular arrests against former government ministers, officials and magistrates were carried out by the police. Footage of the Hollywood-style nighttime raids was made available on the Ministry of Interior website and relayed by mass media. On one memorable occasion, Chief Prosecutor for the District of Sofia, Roman Vassilev, ordered the former defence minister on the floor and called him a “criminal”. He was later reprimanded by his superiors but such behaviour is more and more appreciated by the public at large. Online forums are bristling with calls for retribution and calls for summary justice (though my sample is very limited and, admittedly, there are those who are outraged by the brutal display of force by the police and government)

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A young man with a moustache in Amsterdam

November 3, 2009

Not with a harmonica.

And why a moustache, how does it help anyhow? Too poor to shave? Possibly. Too stressed out to keep appearances the man approaches, moustache, and only a hoodie to shield him from the All Saints rain. “Are you a tourist?” He is asked. “Are you here looking for some fun?”Fun is when the bench is dry and there are warm and clean leftovers from the 24/7 snack bar.Old men have all the money and all the fun. Young men scurry like rats along wet pavements, looking…looking for the work to get the money to get the fun that makes it worth going to find the man with the moustache in Amsterdam. Looking for work – just like that. Easier to find the camel which slid through the needle’s eye. Young men die in old men’s wars, break backs in old men’s factories. Men die young, old men die too. Who shall inherit the Earth?

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Greece is becoming a garbage bin for migrants and it does so with European consent. It is high time to react.

June 5, 2009

By Apostolis Fotiadis

High Commissioner António Guterres has asked some days ago the European Commission to consider convening a meeting between Italy, Malta, Libya, UNHCR and other relevant partners to work on a joint strategy for a better  response to irregular migration across the Mediterranean, following Italy’s recent  ‘push-backs’ to Libya.

But while Italy is being internationally chastised for the refoulement of refugees that effectively annuls the country’s responsibilities arising from international treaties, most notably the Geneva convention, neighboring Greece is building up a state sponsored persecution of irregular migration which has so far got away provocatively unnoticed.

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Taxe-e-e!

April 22, 2009

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