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Böhm, Andrea

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Die Zeit - Germany | 17/10/2013

Germany must end refugee drama

After the two recent refugee disasters in the Mediterranean, European politicians are discussing the future of refugee policy. The liberal weekly paper Die Zeit hopes that Germany will take on an active role because the country has successfully taken in refugees in the past: "Does anyone still remember the more than twelve million Germans who were taken in and integrated by the fatherland after World War II? Or the stubborn lone warrior named Rupert Neudeck, who with a few helpers and a ship named Cap Anamur saved thousands of Vietnamese boat people on the South China Sea and brought them to Germany? Or the 400,000 refugees that Germany took in during the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo? ... Our society was pretty good at dealing with these challenges. And rather than being weakened by them, it came out all the stronger. ... Thanks to its leadership role Germany now has a chance to put an end to 'Europe's disgrace'."

Die Zeit - Germany | 07/12/2007

The EU and the independence of Kosovo

"Two things appear to be unthinkable for Brussels: leaving a problem child on Europe's doorstep [like Kosovo] to its own devices and - more importantly - not letting it into the house of Europe in the long term," Jochen Bittner and Andrea Böhm explain. At the same time they make the following criticism: "No one in Brussels is willing to bet on how long it will take to make Kosovo a member of the European club. Nonetheless, EU diplomats are convinced that the only way to solve the Balkan problem is to gather all the countries of former Yugoslavia under one roof - or in other words, their integration into Europe. Such ambitions not only represent a huge challenge for the expansion-weary Union, they are also a provocation for its disgruntled neighbour, Russia. From Moscow's point of view the EU's efforts in the Balkans are an arrogant invasion of Russia's traditional zones of influence. Therefore it's very possible that a frozen conflict between Europe and Russia will crystallise in Kosovo."

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