Heiko Wimmen

Heiko Wimmen

Heiko Wimmen is a researcher with the Middle East and Africa Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs / Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin. He spent most of the past two decades in the Middle East working in journalism, civil society support and as a political analyst, and currently resides in Cairo. His research interests focus on Lebanon, Syria and political mobilization in divided societies in the Middle East and South East Europe. 

Sleepwalking in Brussels

The declaration of the West Balkan Route summit makes no sense, except as part of a larger strategy to shut refugees out of Europe

With several hundreds of thousands of refugees already on the move along the so-called ‘West Balkan Route’ to Central Europe, and thousands more arriving daily on the shores of Greece, any attempt to return to the orderly world of the...