The new EU migration trust fund's use of development aid and its focus on ‘migration management’ securitizes both development and migration policy and will end up serving neither.▶
In spite of the ongoing euro crisis, which does not leave much space for an ambitious global agenda, the EU remains a major global development actor.▶
The European Union has the opportunity to establish itself as a leader in the new, global development landscape. But to do so, its member states must agree on a distinct policy framework that addresses the need to provide global public goods.▶
Mark Furness is a researcher in the Bi-and Multilateral Development Cooperation department at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). His current research and policy advisory work focuses on German and EU development policy, development cooperation with the Middle East and North Africa, aid effectiveness, fragile and conflict-affected countries, and crisis response and resilience. He has recently published research articles on policy coherence and the EU's handling of the security-development nexus, as well as development cooperation with Libya. Since 2011, he has been working on a study of German aid in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and an analysis of EU decision-making in the context of the 2015 European Neighbourhood Policy review.