Asylum policy reform takes centre stage in the public debate in Germany and the EU in response to a ‘refugee summit’ in the chancellery and the forthcoming ‘showdown’ over the ongoing legislative debate in Brussels. These debates epitomise an underlying challenge: will Germany and Europe face continued ad hoc improvisation or witness a fundamental revision preparing the ground for a more sustainable asylum system? Will the reform proposals, if adopted, change much in practice? In an interview with the German weekly DIE ZEIT of 17 May 2023 („Sanfter Druck – positive Anreize“, p. 4, in German), Daniel Thym presents his vision - and elaborates his ideas for the VERFASSUGNSBLOG („Showdown zur Asylpolitik in Brüssel“, in German) one week later. For an in-depth anaylses of the Commission proposals see the open access publication published last year („Reforming the Common European Asylum System“, in English).