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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mali acid test for EU security policy

After new advances by the Islamist rebels in Mali, France now plans to boost its military presence in the country. A victory for the Islamists would represent a danger for Europe, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes, fearing that the EU's joint security policy will once again fail: "When Paris launches a military mission and gets no more from its European colleagues than a fraternal pat on the back and a couple of transport planes, something is definitely wrong in the European Union. ... Europe's security policy suffers from disunity, incompetence and a lack of resolve. And all that is not going to change any time soon. Nevertheless other Europeans must now provide Paris with military aid. This is a question of solidarity, but also of long-term rationality. Anyone who wants to pave the way for a true European security policy must not run the risk of Paris having to call on Nato because it has no one else to turn to. Because that would furnish the final proof that the Europeans simply can't get their act together on this front."

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