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Some lessons from North Africa - and some tips for Europe

07 February 2011
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Much has been said about the EU’s response to the uprisings in North Africa. Much has been and will continue to be said on how the EU should radically change its approach to this region. But beyond the criticism, little has been said about how the new foreign policy structures set up by the Lisbon Treaty have met this challenging task.

It is not just the face of EU foreign policy that needs changing; the substance, too, needs recasting. If the EU wants to make its mark, it needs to develop new strategies - and the EEAS could be the point of departure to review Europe’s misguided policies towards the Mediterranean.