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The EU and the Middle East: Divided We Decide

Ana Palacio, Spanish Council of State | November 30, 2012

On November 29, the UN approved Palestine's bid for being a "non-member observer state". ++ Despite all the risks of this decision, the EU has once again shown its inability of acting unanimously. ++ While France, Portugal and Spain declared their support, the Czech Republic opposed the vote and Germany stressed its abstention. ++ With its split mind-sets, the EU undermines its credibility as mediating agent in conflict regions. ++ It also raises general doubt about EU's maturity towards foreign policy issues on the global agenda. 



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