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The Arab World in transition: prospects and challenges for a revitalized relationship between Europe and North Africa

Bauer, Michael; Hanelt, Christian-Peter

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Corporate Editor Bertelsmann Stiftung
Abstract "After decades of authoritarian rule increasingly self-confident citizens in North Africa and the Middle East are asking to be given political, social and economic participation rights, responsible governance and the rule of law. This civil society revolt against established government structures has differed significantly from country to country. New political systems are in the making in Tunisia and Egypt. Far-reaching political reforms have been announced in Morocco, Jordan and Oman. In Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen the rulers have resorted to the use of force in an attempt to suppress the protests. The European Union and its citizens and member states should lend their support to popular demands for political and economic participation and justice which are being voiced in their southern neighbourhood. This is not only a moral obligation. It is also in Europe’s best interests. Detailed country-specific strategies are now required. The EU must make it clear to governments which have elected to use repression that their blatant disregard of the political will of the people will have consequences and that their leaders will no longer be seen as legitimate political partners of the EU. The EU should attempt to enlist the support of the international community for its views. At the same time this standpoint should not prevent the Europeans from providing for the humanitarian needs of refugees and victims of armed conflict. However, in keeping with the notion of positive conditionality and its “more for more” principle, Europe should concentrate on cooperating primarily with the new democracies in Tunisia and Egypt and the governments which have not only announced meaningful reforms, but are actually implementing them." [author's abstract]
Keywords Europe; EU; North Africa; political system; international politics; international cooperation; international relations; Arab countries; political change; political reform
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
City Gütersloh
Page/Pages 57 p.
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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