Asylum Seekers in the EU: Towards a Fair System of Responsibility Sharing

800,000 migrants are expected to apply for asylum in Germany in 2015 – the highest number ever, four times as many as in 2014. This unprecedented jump gives urgency to the current debate about the fairness of the distribution of responsibility for refugees in Europe. Is the alleged „hegemon“ being left in the lurch by its EU partners? Is the German demand of relief justified as a matter of solidarity among EU member states? What needs to be done to address the imbalances in the current system?