Making Sense of Sarkozy's Union for the Mediterranean
CEPS Policy Brief No. 155, March 2008
17 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2009
Date Written: March 7, 2008
President Sarkozy's proposed Union for the Mediterranean (or UMed) has so far been poorly conceived and, to say the least, awkwardly presented politically. However this does not mean that nothing good can come of it. The Barcelona process and its confusing combination with the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) have been neither a disaster nor a brilliant success. There is a case for streamlining a single European Mediterranean policy, rationalising and properly integrating Barcelona, the ENP and some new elements of the regional initiative that France is proposing.
Keywords: EU Neighbourhood, Foreign and Security Policy, Middle East, Mediterranean
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