Asylum Reform: What to expect from Germany’s EU Council presidency

As of July, Germany will preside over the EU’s rotating Council presidency. Although the Covid-19 outbreak has reshuffled its initial agenda, a three-point plan by the German government has provided new impetus to the discussion about the Commission’s “fresh start” for the EU’s asylum and migration policy. This Policy Brief analyses how Germany’s three-point plan, centred on the idea of a border procedure, compares to previous reform proposals and which elements of the plan can move the reform process forward. It concludes by identifying three areas in which the upcoming German Council presidency can adopt a pragmatic approach to forge a compromise in the Council.

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