Crisis in Eastern Europe: Putin’s Creation and Lukashenko’s Contribution

Increasingly shrill rhetoric, thousands of desperate people stuck without shelter in wintry conditions, and multiple dead amidst an escalating geopolitical stand-off. This situation at the border between Belarus and Poland is the result of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko following through on his threat to “flood the European Union with migrants” in retaliation for EU sanctions. Naturally, when it comes to weakening the EU, Russian President Putin has been more than willing to lend a helping hand, by offering the regime in Minsk rhetorical backing, logistical support and military shows of force at the Polish-Belarusian border. However, the Kremlin might have set its sight on something higher than merely embarrassing the EU. Fears are growing, that while the world’s attention is fixed on the border between Poland and Belarus, Russia could go to war in Ukraine.


Lebanon: State Failure in Slow Motion?

Entire neighbourhoods levelled, over 200 people killed, thousands injured, and hundreds of thousands more homeless. The gigantic chemical explosion that devastated the Lebanese capital of Beirut on 4. August 2020 would have been an unmitigated disaster for any state, but for Lebanon, it just marked the high point of a year of calamity. The current situation in the country can only be described as bleak and deteriorating: A currency in free-fall, more than half the population below the poverty line, daily nationwide power outages, people fighting each other for daily necessities all amount to one of the worst economic crises ever recorded. Bleak may have been too optimistic a term, at this point describing Lebanon as a nation in the process of state failure, seems arguably more fitting.


Das Ende des unverrückbaren US-Einreiseverbots

Das scheinbar nicht enden wollende US-Einreiseverbot für europäische Reisende wird am 8. November endlich aufgehoben. Gemäß den neuen Einreisebestimmungen können vollständig geimpfte Fluggäste, die einen negativen COVID-19-Test vorweisen können, der nicht älter als 72 Stunden sein darf, wieder in die Vereinigten Staaten fliegen, ohne sich einer Quarantäne unterziehen zu müssen. Diese lang ersehnte Ankündigung wurde […]


Collection of source material and A3M events on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

On this page A3M informs about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with general information as well as our reporting since the beginning of the crisis. Information on the virus outbreak WHO information: Novel Coronavirus Current case numbers: Outbreak Map (Johns-Hopkins-Universität), Coronavirus-Monitor (Berliner Morgenpost), COVID-19-Tracker (Bing) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) European Centre for […]