Opinion – The EU’s Southern Neighbourhood [What Think Tanks are thinking] – John Gelmini

English: Map in English of the Mediterranean S...

English: Map in English of the Mediterranean Sea, with the borders and the name of the States following the ISO 3166-1 Alpha-3 code. Français : Carte en anglais de la Mer Méditerranée avec les frontières et les noms des États suivant le code ISO 3166-1 Alpha-3. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right to bring us this article about think-tanks and their views on the need for Southern Europe to engage and work more effectively with countries in North Africa and parts of the Middle East.

To have such co-operation, the present strife and Muslim radicalisation needs to be stopped, and we should not at a time of austerity and economic difficulty be taking in more economic migrants through Italy, Greece or Macedonia.

Europe possibly has to clear out a large area of Libya by force, using combined military forces and then the present and future migrant flows need to be effectively accomodated there.

ISIS is a Frankenstein, which the West has unwittingly allowed to get too big. History will probably judge Obama’s foreign policy very harshly. Ultimately, ISIS must be neutralized.

That done and Syria resolved, THEN we can look at working together, in the form of a sort of Mediterranean co-operation sphere.

John Gelmini

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