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Libération - France | Thursday, October 15, 2015

Is Assad the enemy or isn't he?

The EU heads of state and government agreed on a refugee action plan with Turkey at the EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday. But they are having a considerably harder time reaching agreement regarding Moscow and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the centre-left daily Libération complains: "Rome is convinced that Moscow can facilitate the transition in Syria, a position shared by numerous member states. ... Angela Merkel herself affirmed a month ago that it was necessary to talk with the Syrian dictator. In rightly calling for the resignation of al-Assad, who it says may under no circumstances represent the future of Syria, Paris remains very isolated indeed. Clearly the 28 will be able to save face at the end of the summit with at least a minimal agreement. Just as clear, however, is the Union's inability to formulate a real joint policy regarding these major challenges on its doorstep."

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