Why Europe should show it has a Middle East foreign policy

Searching for peace, United Nations and Arab League joint special envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan (photo:dpa)
Searching for peace, United Nations and Arab League joint special envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan (photo:dpa)

Syria’s government forces have been fighting against a popular revolt for more than a year. So far more than 11,000 have been killed in what is a battle for regional ambition rather than freedom for its citizens. But the fall of President Bashar al-Assad will have immeasurable consequences for the entire Middle East. Now is an opportunity for Europe to show it still has influence in the world which is not aligned to the major powers of Russia, China and the United States.

THE SYRIAN civil war, which began when the Syrian authorities responded to peaceful anti-government protests with brutal force in March 2011, is rather awkward for Western embassies - particularly after the massacre ...

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