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[Opinion] For Europe the important thing is happening in Venezuela, not in Algeria. A mistake ?

(B2) Our German colleague Eric Bonse has an interesting editorial on his blog Lost in Europe, comparing the European reaction to Venezuela and that to Algeria. This is indeed disturbing and deserves reflection.

How is the EU reacting to the change of power in Algeria? Nothing at all or almost. The Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, remains silent. She much prefers to interfere in the struggle for power in Venezuela.

Europe thundering over the situation in Venezuela…

As soon as the world learned that self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó was going to lose his immunity in Venezuela, Federica Mogherini made an outraged statement. " The European Union strongly condemns the recent illegal decision by the Comptroller General of Venezuela to disqualify the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, from public office for 15 years. Such a politically motivated decision, without respect for due process guarantees, once again demonstrates the arbitrary nature of judicial proceedings in the country. The restoration of democracy, the rule of law and the separation of powers is imperative.  »

… is silent about Algeria

If we read it like this, we wonder why the EU is not able to demand the same thing from Algeria? “ The restoration of democracy, the rule of law and the separation of powers »… this also applies to Algiers. After the resignation of current President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who apparently was not entirely voluntary, the army is now threatening to take power for good. The people who toppled Bouteflika, with weeks of peaceful mass protests, feel betrayed. Instead what did we get? …especially silence.

A real catalyst

It is clear, however, that in Algeria, the European Union could get in the way, especially since Algeria is a neighboring country and not as far away as Venezuela. It is also clear that the European Union could be the catalyst for democratic change — unlike in Venezuela, where it plays only a minor role. Why doesn't she try?... 

Fear, interests or a tactic

Is Europe afraid of a second Arab Spring?… Or is it because the North African country also has significant gas reserves and is a “popular” buyer of weapons made in Germany (and France)? Or is it because in Algeria — exactly what the EU and US want for Venezuela happened — that the army abandons the leader and goes to the 'good' side? It's cynical, but obvious...

(Eric Bonsé)

Text taken from two articles here et here (in German). Translation and intertitles are by the editor

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