Relations between the EU and the southern Mediterranean have almost always been incoherent and contradictory. Several regional initiatives have been exposed after popular revolts against Arab regimes that were allies of the European Governments. Europe has a problem of coherence between their sayings and facts in the South of the Mediterranean, but now there is an opportunity to reduce this stretch. The discrepancies between the values that the European Union embodies and the results of its policy towards North Africa and Middle East are nothing new.

Foreign Policy Studies

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Haizam Amirah Fernández. Principal investigator of Mediterranean and Arab world at the Elcano Royal Institute