Friday, March 14, 2008

The Union for the Mediterranean

So, Sarko has won another of the (pseudo) "victories" that have become a sort of hallmark of his presidency: he wanted a Mediterranean Union but will get a Union for the Mediterranean that bears little resemblance to the original project and will fulfill none of its goals, which were in any case never really made explicit and always left in a state of vague indetermination. But, since it wasn't a defeat, it will count as a victory, another "promise kept." In fact, the UM is little more than a rebaptism of the old Barcelona Process, which, like many EU "processes," seemed to proceed only by fits and starts. And after Angela Merkel apparently threw a bit of a fit in Berlin, in Brussels yesterday we got a fresh start.

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