Europe, the Southern Neighbourhood and the Middle East

Struggling for coherence

Authored by: Costanza Musu


Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415588287
eBook ISBN: 9780203098417
Adobe ISBN: 9781136226953


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Europe’s relations with the broader Mediterranean area are complex and deeply affected by the legacy of intricate historical ties. 1 Several members of the European Union have a past as colonial and Mandate powers in the region; World War II and the Holocaust cast a long shadow on relations with Israel; and the Mediterranean Sea has long been both the meeting point of the ‘North’ and the ‘South’ and the fracture line dividing three continents: Europe, North Africa and Asia.

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