Europe in the World

Union for the Mediterranean, disunity for the EU?

13 February 2008
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)



French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s “Mediterranean dream” of a Union linking its two shores has sparked controversy within the EU, forcing Paris to scale down its ambitions. This Policy Brief by Rosa Balfour and Dorothée Schmid analyses the proposal in depth, explains why the President’s enthusiasm is not shared by many, and warns that while there is ample scope for improving EU policies towards the South Mediterranean, it is essential to avoid a creeping fragmentation of common policies.

Union for the Mediterranean, disunity for the EU?

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Researcher in EU energy and climate policy, Institute of European Studies, Free University of Brussels

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