My letter to the Commission on Greek Pushbacks

On Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited us in Parliament. Under his responsibility, refugees are being disenfranchised, extorted and pushed. In Greece, meanwhile, refugees are being enslaved to abuse other refugees and illegally taken back to Turkey. Unfortunately, Mitsotakis lied to us deputies and acted as if there were no …

News from the Borders

Here I inform you daily about everything that is happening in European asylum and migration policy and at the external borders. The Border-News is also available daily directly on your cell phone: Here’s the Telegram-Channel. New from the Borders 09/22/2022 We should keep our borders open for fleeing Russian reservists and start an EU reception program. Since the partial mobilization threatens …

Question: Rejections despite interim measures of the ECtHR

I have submitted a question to the Commission on pushbacks at the land border between Greece and Turkey. The Commission expresses shock and concern about the reports and responds that it will review the current control mechanisms to safeguard fundamental rights. You can find the question with answers in several languages here. My question As from …

Question: EU funding for closed migration centers

The EU funds several closed migration centers with detention-like conditions in Greece. Despite available evidence from a Greek court and several non-governmental organizations, the Commission denies that detention-like conditions exist and furthermore claims that the rights of protection seekers are not broken. You can find the question with answers in several languages here. My question The EU funds …

Resilience and resistance – Study on the criminalization of solidarity.

This study, commissioned by the Green Group in the European Parliament, analyzes the state of criminalization of solidarity with refugees in the European Union. Full study in English and Italian and summary and policy recommendations in English, German, Italian, French and Greek People are put on trial for helping others on the run in a humanitarian way. This should …

What was important this week

Here, at the end of the week, I give an overview of my work and the currently important debates and issues in the European Parliament. Calendar week 37 State of the Union speech by von der Leyen On Wednesday, Ursula von der Leyen held her annual âState of the Unionâ keynote speech on the state of the Union. A special focus of her …

My question on EU funding for the Egyptian Coast Guard

The Commission has explained here how it intends to fund the Egyptian coast guard with €80 million over the next two years so that it can drag people back into the country, even though the human rights situation is catastrophic. The Commission euphemistically calls this „preventing irregular migration by sea“. You can find the question with answers in several languages here. My …

Question: Hydrogen – added value for African partner countries?

Together with the other Green MEPs from the Development Committee, I have submitted a question to the Commission on the promotion of hydrogen as part of the Global Gateway Strategy. We have our doubts whether this hydrogen is really green and also we have also doubts whether the use of energy to produce hydrogen for export …

Question: Report of the Greek Transparency Authority

I asked the EU Commission on 25.05.2022 what it thinks about the fact that the Greek authorities immediately take arriving protection seekers into deportation custody and lock them in a prison that they are not allowed to leave. The Commission replies that it is aware of this practice and that it can be legally justified if less restrictive measures do not work. These „less …

Former local employees want to go to Germany: „Bureaucratic jungle".

A year ago, the Taliban conquered Kabul. In an interview with RND, I call for the creation of an official contact point for persecutees to advise and process applications, the establishment of a reception program and reform of the local forces procedure, and for the international community to develop a common strategy for Afghanistan. You can read the interview here.

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