Kabul attack: How safe is Afghanistan?

We just witnessed a huge attack in Kabul ith 80 dead. On the other hand countries like Germany are sending back ever greater numbers of asylum applicants from Afghanistan basically saying that the country is safe. This approach was paused after the attack and I know every case is different but how do you think the EU countries should deal with Afghan refugees? Read few comments.

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What can Emmanuel Macron mean for the EU future?

Emmanuel Macron says: I’m a pro-European, I defended constantly during this election the European idea. I do consider that my mandate will be at the same to reform in depth the European Union and our European project. But how (un)realistic is this vision of in depth EU reform, where can he find allies and what might be the biggest obstacles for him? Read few comments.

Emmanuel Macron. Credit: https://en-marche.fr/

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What does Merkel want from Trump?

With a bit of exaggeration, but is the upcoming meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump a meeting of the leader of liberal world order with the leader of illiberal world order? At this stage what does Merkel want from Trump and vice versa? Read few comments.

Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit: https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de

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The sharp rise in crimes against refugees in Germany and what’s next

Even in 2015 we have been talking about a spike in attacks on refugees in Germany. And now in 2016 there were 3 533 attacks on refugees and refugee accommodations across Germany. How serious is the situation in your opinion, what can/should government do about and do you think that upcoming election might have an effect on even bigger mobilization of the far right scene in Germany? Read few comments.

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Merkel vs Schulz: Their strengths and weaknesses

It seems that Martin Schulz might be able to re-energised SPD, SocDems even beat CDU/CSU in one poll after a very long time.  What is his biggest advantage and the biggest weakness when facing Angela Merkel? And what is her biggest advantage and the biggest weakness when facing Schulz?

Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz. Credit: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/f

Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz. Credit: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/

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Berlin attack: Is it possible to stop such attacks?

What happened in Berlin looks like the Nice copycat attack whatever the motive is. Is there any lesson learned out of it in terms of police work and counterterrorism or we have to simply accept that it is impossible to stop somebody who decided to use a truck as a weapon? Read few comments.

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Why Merkel will (or won’t?) run for being the Chancellor?

There are huge speculations that Chancellor Angela Merkel may say on Sunday if she will run again for being the Chancellor. If she do this what is her biggest advantage and what about her biggest weakness in terms of attracting voters? Read few comments?

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