Monday, March 2, 2009

A Stellar Void

"Stellar void": the Algerian press's word for the Union for the Mediterranean. Remember that? It was the fallback from one of les grands projets of Sarkozy's early presidency, the Mediterranean Union. Merkel objected, and we got the UfM instead. And then Gaza erupted, and union, such as it was, turned to disunion.

But the MU was to have been a French-dominated alternative to the EU, or perhaps a sort of consolation prize for the Turks, and with the EU itself in some disarray, and the Turks, in the person of their prime minister, having unleashed an angry outburst at Israel at Davos this year, the UfM is going nowhere fast.

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