Making Sense of Sarkozy's Union for the Mediterranean

CEPS Policy Brief No. 155, March 2008

17 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2009

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Michael Emerson

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: March 7, 2008

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Emerson, Michael, Making Sense of Sarkozy's Union for the Mediterranean (March 7, 2008). CEPS Policy Brief No. 155, March 2008 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1334057

Michael Emerson (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
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