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Title: While the Arab League Slept: the EU had a Monologue on Cooperation
Authors: Al-Fattal, Rouba
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2010
Publisher: Friends of Europe
Series Title: Europe's World vol:16 pages:1-2
Abstract: There is no denying that the EU lacks a clear strategy when it comes to the Mediterranean in particular and the Arab world in general, as Abdullah Baabood posits. EU’s strategy has indeed oscillated over the past fifteen years between promoting free-trade and democracy multilaterally, to fostering bilateral cooperation with attached conditions, to lifting the conditionality all together and scraping the human rights and democracy questions off its wish-list in what can be described as a series of reactive policies in response to the oil crisis, EU’s own enlargement, and terrorism threats. It is also true that the EU’s policy towards the region was a factor in deepening divisions between the Mediterranean and the Gulf states, and that there is “much to gain by linking the EU’s various policy threads with different Arab countries”, even more in fostering a Euro-Arab agenda instead of the exclusive and divisive EU-Mediterranean vision.
ISSN: 1782-0642
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: DI
Appears in Collections:Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)

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