Frances Burwell

  • Burwell: European Union Lacks Authority on Refugee Crisis

    The Associated Press quotes Vice President for European Union and Special Initiatives Frances G. Burwell on the European Union’s approach to the Syrian refugee crisis:

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  • Will the European Union’s Plan to Distribute Migrants Hurt Europe?

    European ministers on September 22 approved a plan that would force EU member states to take in their share of 120,000 migrants, a majority of whom are fleeing the war in Syria.

    In an unusual break from procedure, which emphasizes consensus on issues of national sovereignty, the ministers decided the issue on the basis of majority rules. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia voted against the plan. Finland abstained.

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  • Burwell on European Migrant Crisis

    The StarTribune quotes Vice President for European Union and Special Initiatives Frances G. Burwell on the European Union's response to the migrant crisis:

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  • Europe Grapples with the Migrant Question

    As war and poverty fuel surge in migration, Europe debates immigration, integration, and identity

    As the world faces its biggest migrant crisis since World War II, governments across Europe are struggling to find a solution to a situation that is as much about integration and identity as it is about immigration.

    The European Union (EU) will hold an emergency meeting September 14 to discuss how to resettle 40,000 refugees that are already in Europe and 20,000 displaced persons who are currently in camps outside the continent. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will propose increasing that number to 160,000 in his September 9 State of the Union speech.

    Even if an agreement on resettlement is reached, the number in question is just a drop in the bucket, said Fran Burwell, Vice President and Director of the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Relations program.

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  • Burwell on Europe's Ongoing Migrant Crisis

    Vice President for European Union and Special Initiatives Frances G. Burwell joins NPR's The Diane Rehm Show to discuss Europe's ongoing migrant and refugee crisis and the future of open borders:

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  • In Greece, It’s Splitsville for Syriza

    Greek voters will line up behind Alexis Tsipras in next election, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell

    Greek voters will rally behind Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who lost part of his Syriza party August 21 after he was forced by creditors to abandon his anti-austerity stance, says the Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell.

    “My guess is that the Greek people will opt to remain in the eurozone and will vote for mainstream Syriza,” said Burwell, who is the Vice President and Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council.

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  • In Greece, It’s the End of Syriza as We Know It

    Elections will produce split in ruling party, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ decision to resign and call snap elections in an attempt to shore up support for a harsh bailout package will split his leftist party, says the Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell.

    Syriza has been a “broken party” since Tsipras backed away from the anti-austerity platform that brought him to power seven months ago, said Burwell, who is the Vice President and Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council.

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  • Burwell on Serbia in the European Union

    Vice President of European Union and Special Initiatives Frances G. Burwell joins Voice of America to discuss the implications of Serbian membership in the European Union:

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  • Assessing the Iran Deal

    Nuclear agreement will have ‘strategic cost’ for US alliances in the Middle East, says Retired Adm. Stavridis

    The nuclear deal reached July 14 that limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief will have a significant impact on the United States’ alliances in the Middle East, says retired Adm. James Stavridis, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

    “I think you are going to see a great deal of strategic cost to the United States in our alliance structures in the region,” Stavridis said at the Atlantic Council July 14.

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  • Deal will 'Weaken' Greece's Tsipras

    Domestic Politics Weighed Heavily on Greek Negotiations, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell

    The terms of an agreement between Greece and its Eurozone creditors are tough, but there is an implicit recognition that austerity alone is not the answer, says the Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell.

    “There needs to be solidarity within the Eurozone and one has to keep working to keep all Eurozone members in,” said Burwell, Vice President and Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council.

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