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The Sahel, new strategic terrain for the EU?

Mali, Mauritania, Niger, three Sahel countries in which the European Union wants to advance a bolder strategy. They had asked for a strategy for the start of the year. This one was a little late and is still very timid. The 27 therefore endorsed this first paper and asked the High Representative and the Commission to make (more) concrete proposals in four series of areas for these three Sahel countries: development, good governance and resolution of internal conflicts; politics and diplomacy, security and the rule of law; counter extremist violence.

With the worsening conflict in Libya, the need for a strategy becomes even more urgent than yesterday, but also more delicate. Two leaders from the region (the Malian and the Mauritanian) are involved in the ad hoc committee responsible for negotiating with the Libyan regime. While Niger has a common border with Libya.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).