Europe at “war”: globalization vs. geopolitics

Josifovic, Ivica (2016) Europe at “war”: globalization vs. geopolitics. Knowledge - International Journal, Scientific and Applicative Papers, 14 (1). pp. 281-287. ISSN 1857-92

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The paper examines the EU's challenges in the field of migration, and suggests how Brussels and EU governments might promote its own form of order, and suggestions on how to reframe current approaches to facilitate a more effective and appropriate response. For more than 20 years, Europe was encouraged to see the migration as a synopsis of globalization, victory of global economy over territorial order. Today, we are facing a geopolitical competition. States all over around the world, especially in Europe, are not trying only to return the control of its borders, but also to benefit from the migration crisis for geopolitical gains. The paper elaborates the obvious return of geopolitical tensions in the world and aims to answer several important questions: is geography today more important than the trade? How Europe can cope with the competition of promoting alternative measures and new forms of power? Why are there alliances between EU member-states regarding the migration crisis and what is their purpose? To answer these questions, it is necessary to go back at the beginning, because it puts the migration at the heart of the international system – between the human capacity for mobility and the collective need for order. In the conclusion it is pointed an opinion that the globalization might solve this problem by liberalizing the cross-border traffic of goods, resources, capital and services, thus easing the migration pressure, and by that the globalization will serve for strengthening the most successful form of territorial order the world so far created – national representative democracy.
Key words: globalization, migration, refugees, European Union

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Law
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Ivica Josifovik
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 12:45
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2017 12:45

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