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Relations with Turkey are on the menu of the 7th Summit of the Southern Countries of the European Union

The previous MED7 meeting took place in June 2019 in Valletta (photo: DR)
The previous MED7 meeting took place in June 2019 in Valletta (photo: DR)
SOUTH EUROPE. The seaside town of Porticcio, near Ajaccio in Corsica, will host, Thursday, September 10, 2020, the MED7 Summit which brings together the southern countries of the European Union. France will host for the first time this informal event whose last edition took place in Valletta (Malta) in June 2019. In addition to French President Emmanuel Macron, the following are expected to attend: Nikos Anastadiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Pedro Sanchez, President of the Spanish Government, Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, Giuseppe Conte, President of the Italian Council of Ministers, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece, and Robert Abela, Prime Minister of Malta.

On the menu for the discussions will be the crisis in the eastern Mediterranean waters as a main course (see de résistance!). Turkey continues to covet potential gas fields by prospecting off the coasts of Greece and Cyprus, in disputed areas. And this despite threats from the European Union. Tension continues to rise, especially between Athens (supported by Paris) and Ankara, despite the fact that both are members of NATO, and the little sentences follow on from each other. Faced with the risk of a military conflagration, Greece is even talking about acquiring eighteen Rafale fighter planes (Dassault Aviation) according to the Greek media.

It will be necessary to avoid escalation while remaining firm. For this, European unity, beginning with that between the countries of the South, is necessary. This is what Emmanuel Macron will try to obtain in Corsica two weeks before the European Summit of September 24 and 25 in Brussels, which will also deal with the subject of relations between the EU and Turkey.

In Porticcio, the seven countries will also discuss migration issues, the Libyan crisis and relations with the countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

Frédéric Dubessy

Wednesday, September 9th 2020

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