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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, November 29, 2012

Europe again unable to find common stance

The EU member states will presumably each make their own decision on Palestine's future status at the UN General Assembly. This means the EU will miss yet another opportunity to act jointly as a community, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera laments: Today, when Europe is divided into two if not three different positions, the EU's leading politicians will console us saying that this is no great tragedy and it's not the first time it's happened. Unfortunately the latter is certainly true. Europe has barely ever managed to agree on a united political stance on major international issues: from the war in Iraq to the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan right up to the recognition of the anti-Assad coalition in Syria. So this is indeed nothing new. But it is a political drama. Or how else would Europe describe its failure to at least compensate for the loss of credibility it has incurred with its botched attempt at fiscal and economic union by presenting a common stance on foreign policy?"

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