Making sense of Sarkozy's Union for the Mediterranean

Friday, 7 March 2008
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President Sarkozy’s proposed Union for the Mediterranean (or UMed) has so far been poorly conceived and, to say the least, awkwardly presented politically. However this does not mean that nothing good can come of it. The Barcelona process and its confusing combination with the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) have been neither a disaster nor a brilliant success. There is a case for streamlining a single European Mediterranean policy, rationalising and properly integrating Barcelona, the ENP and some new elements of the regional initiative that France is proposing.