Gokay, B and Fouskas, V (2020) Crisis in Eastern Mediterranean and COVID-19. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. ISSN 1461-3190

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In this discussion with Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bülent Gökay, Biljana Vankovska explores the complexities of the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean centred around the issue of refugees/migrants/asylum seekers. Fouskas argues that the Turkish government has weaponized the refugees in a hybrid warfare against a hypocritical Europe and NATO, with Russia being the real winner in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. Further, he believes that Europe’s future, following the massive crisis of the first semester of 2015 when Syriza capitulated to Germany’s pressure, is once again played out in Greece. As a solution to the crisis, he argues for a Balkan solidarity pact allowing the refugees/migrants to go where they want: northern Europe. Gökay shifts the debate to human security and humanitarian concerns and points to the desperate situation of tens of thousands of refugees, which requires a Europe-wide response, especially in conditions of Corona virus pandemic. He claims that placing the blame squarely on Greece or/and Turkey rather misses the larger context, and focuses on the responsibility of the EU and its ineffective asylum system and health provision mechanisms. The articles edited for this issue provided the crucial underpinnings for this topical discussion. We thank all the contributors to this special issue of JBNES that have informed our points of view laid out below.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this accepted manuscript will be available online directly from the publishers at; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19448953.2020.1755154
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eastern Mediterranean; COVID-19
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 11:39
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/7861

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