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Columnist Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

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Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 18/08/2014

Common EU foreign policy remains an illusion

The EU's late reaction to the crisis in Iraq and the spread of the Islamic State's terrorist militia highlights once more the vital importance of a common foreign policy, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet admonishes: "In recent years the EU has played above all a humanitarian and military role, for example after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the conflicts in Mali and Libya. But it can only act when there is consensus among the member states. ... The EU is not a finished project. The role of the Union and its mechanisms are continually developing. It's not unthinkable that in future more humanitarian missions will be carried out under the EU flag and that the reaction time will be shorter. But a fully developed foreign policy will likely never be achieved. ... In the future too, people suffering under genocide and attacks will have to put their hopes in the moral compass towards the US, the UK or organisations like Nato rather than that of the EU."

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