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Libya puts the EU to the test

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Libya puts the EU to the test


The flag of the Europe Union was raised in the rebel held town in Benghazi four months after the revolution in Libya started.

It was more than symbolism and backed with the opening of an office by Catherine Ashton after politics and posturing within member states.

In Brussels on Tuesday she outlined the bloc’s latest response saying she will sit down with the UN, African Union and Arab League in New York at the end of the week. It is, Ashton admitted a test on how the EU can act effectively.

“It is test for us it is a test whether we can be flexible, if we can move quickly whether we can have a short term and long strategy to support the people of Libya.”

The constantly changing landscape of the conflict will put the EU on the front line. Ashton was heavily criticised in March. British Prime Minister, David Cameron called then for political will and unity from the EU. Have lessons been learned?

“I have said to colleagues today we are doing all this for the very first time we are trying to learn how we can be more flexible, how we can operate more quickly and deliver on the ground and also realise what we are good at and where we are better at collaboration with others whether that is in this case of course under the leadership of the UN leadership, the African Union and the Arab League and so on,” she explained.

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