What the EU is actually doing about Syria, the refugees & ISIS

Posted on 27. November 2015 by Doris Manu With the refugee crisis being the major preoccupation and challenge in Europe this year, it is no wonder that a great part of the 2015 Berlin Foreign Policy Forum (BFPF) was dedicated to discussions about the future of the Middle East, Syria in particular, and about the … Continue reading What the EU is actually doing about Syria, the refugees & ISIS

Romanians demand a restart after the Bucharest nightclub fire

Posted on 07. November 2015 by Doris Manu & Doru Toma On Friday 30 October, a fire broke out during a rock concert taking place at the Colectiv club in Bucharest. As a result, 51* people died and over 150 needed medical treatment; some of them are still in critical condition. In the course of the … Continue reading Romanians demand a restart after the Bucharest nightclub fire

The refugee crisis: zooming in and out

Posted on 01. September 2015 by Doris Manu Refugees are making the headlines every day, their stories reach us more or less directly and a recent opinion poll shows that Europeans see immigration as one of the major challenges the EU is facing at the moment. There are reasons to worry more and more about … Continue reading The refugee crisis: zooming in and out

Lessons from the past, challenges of the future

Posted on 18. February 2015 by Doris Manu I was born on the banks of the Danube river close to the Romanian-Serbian border, on Romanian soil. At that time, in 1989, the Romanian borders were like the walls of a prison, guarded by heavily armed men. If you attempted to cross in any way, you would … Continue reading Lessons from the past, challenges of the future

HeForShe in the EU’s new leadership

15. October 2014 by Doris Manu The hearing of Federica Mogherini in the European Parliament has just finished. For three hours, the MEPs have listened to a strong, confident, competent and determined young woman. Yet before this hearing the designated High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President (HRVP) was underestimated by … Continue reading HeForShe in the EU’s new leadership