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Lucia Najšlová, ‘Central Europe’s Flexible Approach to Rights and Obligations of EU Membership’
January 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
he two-fold increase of asylum applications in the European Union in 2015 led many to talk about ‘migration crisis’ or ‘refugee crisis’. Such framing however obscures the fact that Europe has received only a fraction of people fleeing the wars in its neighborhood. Instead of discussing ‘crisis’, it is analytically more productive to look at limits of EU solidarity on several levels: between the member states, with neighboring countries and with asylum-seekers. Migration governance has become heavily securitized in the past decades and thus while EU quickly agreed on joint border protection, sharing responsibility for refugees is still in limbo. In this talk, Lucia Najšlová focus on ‘flexible solidarity’ approach advocated by the Central European (V4) states. In this approach the rejection of obligation towards selected others (southern member states, neighbors, refugees) is justified as a right, which those others are obliged to respect. The case of Turkey-EU refugee deal will be of particular interest here.
Lucia Najšlová, is a lecturer in the department of European Studies at Charles University in Prague.