Tunisia, Egypt, the Mediterranean: Europe must act and act now!
"Now that the wall of fear has fallen, the pride of nations has been restored and new prospects are opening up for the Euro-Mediterranean region as a whole...
It is for this very reason that the European Union must shed its cloak of silence and begin shouldering its responsibilities...
We are at a critical juncture with many different ways forward. Hence we are of the view that an exceptional European Council should be convened as a matter of urgency so as to take stock of the situation in the South Mediterranean and to decide on a neighbourhood policy as ambitious and proactive as that directed at the countries of Eastern Europe. The exceptional Council meeting should launch consideration of common Euro-Mediterranean policies on water, energy, and food security. A strategic discussion, that would necessarily have to include Turkey, a key player in the Euro-Mediterranean region, on a new EU approach to the South Mediterranean, would show that Europe is awake to this challenge.
Following the 1998 uprising in Algeria, we failed to realise the depth of the legitimate desire for justice, freedom, and democratically elected government; 22 years down the line, let us not make the same mistake again. The exorbitant cost of political impasse and international indifference is measured in countless needless deaths. Europe must play its part in this new chapter of Mediterranean and world history that the Tunisian revolution is in the process of writing."
George Corm (former Minister, Lebanon), Kemal Dervis (former Minister of Economic Affairs, Turkey), Iqbal Gharbi (university academic, Tunisia), Günter Gloser (Bundestag deputy, Germany), Elisabeth Guigou (Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, France), Abderrahmane Hadj Nacer (former Governor of the Bank of Algeria), Mouloud Hamrouche (former Prime Minister, Algeria), Jean-Pierre Jouyet (President, AMF, France), Denis MacShane (Member of the House of Commons, United Kingdom), Fathallah Oualalou (former Finance Minister, Morocco), Josep Piqué (former Foreign Minister, Spain), Carmen Romero López (MEP, Spain), Javier Solana (former High Representative for European Foreign and Common Security Policy, Spain), Hubert Védrine (former Foreign Minister, France).
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