Bad Luck for Refugees

It is expected that the new regulation on FRONTEX, a new border agency, will pass tomorrow’s vote in the European Parliament (EP). In yesterday’s press conference all parties seemed surprisingly united in their view that FRONTEX is a big step forward. The UK and Ireland opted in. But what chances will refugees have to apply for…

True Diplomats

The main achievements of the fruitful debate were finally presented to the general public on Saturday night. With the Parliament already having decided on amendments and Council still hoping to vote on them in the Sunday’s session, journalists had plenty of questions for the panelists. However since rhetoric skills of the diplomats obviously exceed journalistic…

Time Pressure

“House, please come to order, we are under a tight schedule,” said the chair repeatedly in the last two days. The session on the first day started late. Parliamentary discussions took long. But then, suddenly everything had to happen quickly. One MEP was overheard saying that he “won’t read any amendment that is longer than…

Tension Before the Vote

The final votes haven’t been set yet. However, some forecasts are already in the air. Here are a few thoughts from MEPs and Ministers: “The final outcome? That is a pretty mean question”. The Greens replied that they needed first to “digest” what happened during the day, though some important subjects managed to pass. “Hopefully the Council…

From the EP to the Model EP

After the opening ceremony we got a chance to find out what some very prominent speakers think of the Vienna MEU. Between the role play and reality check: Dr. Eva Lichtenberger, MEP from Austria, Greens I think the only difference to real life is that we rarely have the possibility to work only on one…