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A German ambassador for the Middle East peace process

(BRUSSELS2) Andreas Reinicke could be the next special representative for the Middle East peace process. Ambassador to Damascus (Syria), he has just been recalled “for consultation” by Berlin. Because, like several of his European counterparts (such as the Frenchman Alain Juppé), German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is worried about the drift of the Syrian regime.

Born in 1955, Reinicke is an experienced diplomat who has worked extensively on Middle Eastern issues. Before leaving for Damascus in 2008, he was head of the Euromed and Middle East department at the German Foreign Ministry. In this position, he notably reflected the German policy of caution towards the process, but also supported in a concrete and practical way the strengthening of the Palestinian authority: training of the police in particular. An area where the European Union is particularly present with the deployment of the EUPOL COPPS mission. During his stay in Damascus, he notably prefaced a work on the “Voyage to the Orient of William II in 1898” written by Hussein I. El-Mudarris & Olivier Salmon.

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).

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