Security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa and prospects for political stability
Madam President, I have no doubt that Mr Peillon has put a lot of effort into this report, but it seems to be a ‘catch-all’ for every possible difficulty, tension and crisis across a vast region. Many of these countries are unrelated in the nature of the problems that they face. The main answer for him seems to be the European Union, as well as large helpings of motherhood, apple pie and blinding statements of the obvious.
I seriously question the point of this sort of unfocused report and the associated hand-wringing. In any case, given the difficulties the EU is having in sorting out its own internal problems, I think a little more modesty would be useful. The EU’s main resource is money – it has been endowed by our taxpayers with over-generous financial resources. However, at the moment we are clearly not getting a good return for our money. We should try and use our resources on a more targeted and wiser basis. There I specifically pick up what was said about the Middle East peace process. We have leverage on the Palestinians and we should use that leverage to bring them to the negotiating table.
Wednesday 8 July 2015