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EU ambassadors will today discuss a so-called “line of protection”, where Libyan authorities
After dozens of summits, half-a-million arrivals in Italy and more than 10,000 dead or missing since 2014, the EU is no closer to finding a solution to the crisis in the central Mediterranean.
But they are still trying. EU ambassadors will today discuss a so-called “line of protection”, where Libyan authorities – with “strong and lasting” EU support
När Khaddafi fick jobb som EU:s gränspolis
There was certainly an abundance of goodwill behind the EU’s decision to launch its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in 2004.
In many cases, particularly in the south, its technocratic approach has simply been overwhelmed by domestic forces. But elsewhere it has been guilty of naivety. Take Ukraine. Last year the EU and Ukraine concluded an “association agreement”, an ENP instrument par excellence that included a free-trade deal and various political elements. But under pressure from Russia, which was alarmed by the prospect of Ukrainian integration into Western institutions, Viktor Yanukovych, then Ukraine’s president, declined to sign at the last minute, causing protests that led to his downfall. This was followed by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its invasion of the south-east.
The thousands of Ukrainians who occupied the Maidan in Kiev were not demonstrating for tariff reform and patent protection. They were asserting a European identity and rejecting the backward-looking, post-Soviet vision of Mr Yanukovych and the corruption that flourished on his watch. They understood that Europe had not banished geopolitics. So did Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, although his conclusion that Ukrainian sovereignty must be sacrificed to secure Moscow’s interests was altogether darker.
One of the first pledges of the incoming president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, was that there would be no expansion of the club in the next five years.
Som om förvirringen kring EU:s utrikespolitik inte redan vore nog bidrar nu unionens president till att dimmorna tätnar ytterligare.
För Sveriges del borde slutsatsen vara att ett väl fungerande svenskt utrikesdepartement behövs, också i EU.
Joakim Nergelius anser att folkomröstningen om euron var ”ett fullkomligt gigantiskt fiasko för hela det svenska politiska och ekonomiska etablissemanget, utan motstycke i modern svensk historia”.
If Spain has no strategy, France has had something worse: a bad one.
Union for the Mediterranean
Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED)
Gatorna är klädda med såväl Frankrikes som Europeiska Unionens flagga.
Statsminister Fredrik Reinfeldt och utrikesminister Carl Bildt reser till Paris den 13- 14 juli för att delta i Medelhavsunionens toppmöte
Will Sarkozy's Mediterranean union be more than a big photo-op?
Sarkozy och romarriket
"Very nice dear, but what's it for?"
Many thought the plan itself was merely a cynical ploy to offer Turkey something less than full European Union membership and rather more than a vague associate partnership.
Nicolas Sarkozy will perform a diplomatic feat on Sunday when he