The EU has called for an orderly transition to a broad-based government in Egypt after days of unprecedented protest against the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.
EU foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, fell short of calling for Mubarak to step down. But they agreed the needs of ordinary Egyptians should be met, according to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton: “We believe that they should be listened to carefully and their needs addressed through urgent and decisive measures”.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is concerned about radical groups jumping in the power vacuum:
“For us it is very important that we want to support a democratic process. What we do not want to see is that radical forces benefit from this process. So we have to be very careful”.
The final consensus appears to be that the EU will wait and see what happens and then make a decision:
euronews correspondent in Brussels Sergio Cantone said: “Should Mubarak stay or go? For Egyptians the answer is clear, not so for EU foreign ministers. They don’t have a common position in fact. Some think he should remain until a free and fair election is called, when, nobody knows, others think he should go and go quickly.