Editorial, Al-Ahram Weekly | November 3, 2008
Last week, the EU held talks with Syria, but refused to set a date for signing a partnership agreement. ++ After multiple attempts to please the EU, Syria is vexed by what it saw as European inflexibility; however, Syria has made little improvements on its human rights record, a requirement for the deal. ++ In result, it has turned to Asia and Latin America in search of friends, but trade with the EU is still important. ++ Bilateral agreements have yet to bring any results, and the process will take a lot more time before success is reached.