Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast warns of the impact of EU sanctions (photo: dpa)

Why it is critical Europe widens its dialogue with Iran

Many analysts see the West as overly focussed on Iran’s nuclear programme, its regional ambitions, its hostility to Israel and the fact it is governed by a mullah regime. Western concerns are valid. But these concerns fail to acknowledge Iran as a nation geopolitically too important to be reduced to these points alone. Iran has a significant influence on the world economy – and it is critical to Europe’s energy interests to widen the dialogue with the Islamic Republic.

WHAT is known about political Iran? It has nuclear ambitions incompatible with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is a country governed by a mullah regime which violates the West’s human rights standards, it express...

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Dr. Friedemann Mueller
Iran’s feeling that it is being unfairly treated by the West has aggravated its sense of inferiority which is reflected in its aggressive stance in its dealings with the US, Europe and Israel
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