Here is a selection of articles and opinion pieces published by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson in various outlets, which best reflect her areas of expertise. Issues of particular interest include the refugee crisis, migration policy, the rise of extremism and populism in Europe, the future of the European Union, and the foreign fighter phenomenon.
Europe Made a Deadly Bargain With Autocrats. Here’s What Happened
New York Times
November 19, 2021
It’s shocking to see. Children huddle over precariously built bonfires and parents hold babies to their chests while soldiers, behind thickets of razor wire, look on impassively. But the images from the Belarus-Poland border, however harrowing, shouldn’t be surprising: This is what the European Union’s migration policy looks like.
The Fight Over 'Black Pete' Brings a Reckoning on Racial Equality in the Netherlands
November 14, 2020
Almost every year, a new report touts The Netherlands as a child-rearing utopia. But it is also a place where one of the pure joys of childhood—Christmas—is tainted for many kids. As the nights draw in, The Netherlands prepares for the arrival of Sinterklaas. Accompanying him are his helpers, the Zwarte Pieten or Black Petes, traditionally portrayed by white people as buffoons in full blackface complete with oversized lips and Afro wigs.