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Europe’s waning influence in the Middle East

Once a key player in the Middle East, Europe has gradually begun to ignore the region – even conflicts that had a direct impact on European states, like the 2015 refugee crisis caused by the war in Syria. The power vacuum left in Europe’s wake is now being filled by other powers, among them Turkey and Russia. However, if the European Union develops a united stance, it could still play a role in troubled areas.

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