In this paper, the author seeks to find a way of overcoming the constraints that the EU has imposed upon itself by insisting on simultaneous adherence to the three Quartet principles. Goerzig looks at what room for manoeuvre there remains for the EU and how the Quartet conditions can be modified to facilitate rather than obstruct compliance.
The Middle East Quartet has laid out three conditions for the recognition of a Palestinian government: the renunciation of violence, recognition of Israel’s right to exist and a commitment to all agreements signed by the PLO and Israel.
Recently, the EU appears to have shifted its language, demonstrating increasing flexibility in its application of the principles and emphasising the need for intra-Palestinian reconciliation. But is this a step in the right direction?
Visiting Fellow Carolin Goerzig took part in a TV debate on Osama Bin Laden's first direct warning to the French and whether the threat in the authenticated video message should be taken seriously. France 24
Visiting Fellow Carolin Goerzig took part in a programme on the recent hostage crisis which ultimately saw the killing of 78-year-old French aid worker, Michel Germaneau, by a group calling itself Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. France 24
But Carolin Goerzig, an analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, told Deutsche Welle that if the EU wants to increase its leverage on Israel in order to stop the building of further settlements, the bloc should engage greater discussion with Hamas. Deutsche Welle