Europe in the World

Shoring up the EU's Mediterranean policy: where next?

3 July 2008
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)



The launch of the EU’s new Mediterranean initiative at a Summit on 13 July will be the first major event of France’s Presidency. Paris still hopes that the ‘Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean’ (UfM) will give a ‘new impulse’ to relations between the two shores but, as this Commentary by Rosa Balfour points out, after much rhetoric, spin, and debate, the UfM bubble has burst to reveal much more limited ambitions, and many issues and open questions remain.

Shoring up the EU's Mediterranean policy: where next?

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