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Why Europe's #StrategicCompass Points to Trouble Ahead 🧵
1. The EU's #Gymnich meeting last week confirmed the direction of the Union's draft security strategy, the 'Strategic Compass
This is bad news - for the #EU, the #US, #NATO & liberal ordering.…
2. Many experts have worried that the compass will just be another false dawn in European security and defence - more big promises without the possibility of delivering the capabilities needed to make good on them. In short - the EU's ego is writing cheques its body can't cash.
3. That ongoing capability gap will cause problems BUT its not the biggest risk the new strategy poses. The #StrategicCompass presents the darkest worldview ever avowed by the #EU- a far cry from its previous- & successful -progressive, optimistic approach…
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#EU Foreign Ministers meet today for #Gymnich. They will discuss #Afghanistan. But then they will discuss the #Gulf. This is a rare occurrence - EU Ministers have discussed #JCPOA often but very rarely regional geopolitics between the #GCC, #Iraq & #Iran. They do now because… ⬇️
…because of the #Baghdad_summit last week and #France’s involvement in it. Most in #EU that #Iraq can be the hub for regional diplomacy in the #Gulf, building on talks btwn #SaudiArabia & #Iran. Reality is that with no progress on #Yemen these talks are shallow but ⬇️
…but I welcome choice to discuss #Gulf geopolitics at a #EU level. Hope there is some realism in acknowledging this is a security matter, not a diplomatic misunderstanding. #US retrenchment will inevitably lead to more #Russia & #China in the Gulf. It is already happening. So ⬇️
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The developments in Russia, #Belarus, the worrying situation in the #EasternMediterranean & geopolitical implications of #COVID19 topped EPP Foreign Affairs ministers meeting in the framework of #Gymnich meetings. Image
EPP Foreign Affairs minister discussed the recent developments in Russia including the poisoning of Alexei @navalny and expressing their deep concern and supporting for the need for a swift, transparent and independent investigation.
The EPP FA ministers reiterated their strong support to the Belarusian people who fight for their legitimate rights, freedom & democracy, calling on Belarusian authorities to stop violence & to immediately release leaders of the Coordination Council & all political prisoners.
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