The Middle East: re-adjusting EU’s great expectations

Europe Israel Public Affairs (EIPA), in cooperation with MEP Bas Belder (ECR, the Netherlands) and MEP Fulvio Martusciello (EPP, Italy) organised a public hearing on “the Middle East: the EU’s re-adjusting its great expectations”.

At the lead of the P5+1 talks, the EU should re-adjust its expectations of being able to separate Iran nuclear’s file, where an agreement is expected to be reached before June, from its hegemonic expansion in already three major capitals of the Middle East, respectively Damascus, Sanaa and Bagdad. Amid rising tensions of the sectarian conflict between the Shiia Iran and Sunni Gulf monarchies and an unpredictable Iran, it would be a mistake both for the regional security and for EU’s interests to separate the nuclear file from Iran’s expansion of its ‘regional empire’.

Prof. Dan Schueftan, a renowned senior Israeli scholar and director of the National Security Studies Center at Haifa University, offered a thought provoking analysis about the current state of affairs in the Middle East, the Israeli perception of EU’s policies regarding the region as well as recommendations for EU adjustments to its ENP South policies.

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