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Twelve days before the end of Operation Sophia. And still nothing...

(B2) The future of the Sophia naval military operation, carried out in the Mediterranean by the EU, is becoming more and more uncertain.

Questioned by an Italian colleague at the end of the meeting of EU foreign ministers, Federica Mogherini, the head of European diplomacy, did not hide the fact that nothing had progressed.

« It's not a mystery. I said it publicly. In the absence of an agreement, the transaction must be closed. I still hope that an agreement can be reached, but I don't see any particular movement in that direction. […] S'there is no positive development before the end of March, the operation will end its activities, with all the consequences that this will entail, unfortunately... »

An Italian-Italian problem

We can point out that no discussion on the subject has really taken place at the European level, in particular between the 28 ambassadors of the COPS, the Political and Security Committee, the usual forum for discussing the common security and defense policy. (PSDC). “ This is mostly an Italo-Italian question says a well-informed diplomat.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, with Leonor Hubaut)

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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).

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