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Realpolitik: European Foreign Policy in the Wider Middle East

The Funding For Peace Coalition believes that the discrepancies in European foreign policy towards the Palestinian Arabs often end up promoting bloodshed rather than peace.

The effects of this inconsistent strategy are increasingly noticeable in other areas.

It is increasingly apparent that where the EU has led, other countries and large international groupings are following. A clear example is the issue of the Palestinian education system. Many governments–-basing themselves on EU statements--now claim that the Palestinian textbooks have vastly improved in content, although nobody can offer even one item of evidence to confirm this.

Aside from this, European foreign policy toward the Middle East is riddled with contradictions. EU rapprochement with Syria in the winter of 2003–2004 is a typical point. The Damascus regime was portrayed in angelic terms by Brussels technocrats. Today, it is clear that Bashar Assad is still concerned with oppressing Kurds and others, while continuing to develop WMD. And meanwhile, the EU maintains its lambasting of Israel’s social policies--despite this country being the only democracy in the Middle East.

This section of our website will seek to point out the many contradictions and double standards as they arise.


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