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Faced with the situation in the Gulf, Europe affected by strategic headache

(B2) While the rag is burning in Iran, when we are on the verge of an armed confrontation between the Americans, the Gulf countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Europeans have not found a moment to of their long summit yesterday to debate a highly strategic issue for Europe

Klaus Iohannis and Emmanuel Macron (Credit: Council of the EU)

There is no point in boasting about advances in foreign policy or placing defense " European interests and values ​​in the world » as one of the political priorities for the future (1), if faced with an event which presents a major risk for the stability of the European neighborhood, there is not an ounce of prior reflection.

Europeans once again reveal themselves to be more concerned with their navel than with the reality of the world around them. Once again, late for a war, they will have to waste precious days trying to find a common position, then run to put out the fire with a bucket of water... Only to be reduced to making a nice declaration for ask for a little “restraint” from the belligerents, respect for international humanitarian law, to send a little humanitarian aid… and to welcome the refugees. Silly !

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(1) The 2019-2024 strategic agenda adopted at this summit thus provides that “ the EU must follow a strategic line of action and increase its capacity to act autonomously ».

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).