EU Integration with North Africa: Trade Negotiations and by Carl Dawson

By Carl Dawson

Exchange among the eu Union and North Africa has been a contentious factor because the Treaty of Rome. severe diplomatic makes an attempt to dealer a answer ended in the organization contract among Morocco and the ecu in 1995, after protracted negotiations over 3 years. the following Dawson analyzes the method through which a sub-optimal contract was once ratified--unfavorable to Morocco, a few member states of the european and likewise wider european financial targets for North Africa. He attracts on a wealthy vein of testimony from key gamers to teach how democracy deficits in Morocco and over the top strain team impression within the european resulted in skewed negotiations. An insightful research of the alternate negotiation strategy, european Integration with North Africa elucidates the underpinnings of the worldwide financial order; it is going to be important for these concerned about diplomacy, globalization and the ecu, particularly North Africa.

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On a political level, the UMA quickly found itself divided by the Sahara dispute, the Gulf war, Libyan terrorism and the resulting international sanctions, and the Algerian civil war (LaFranchi 1993b: 9). These divisions were part of a trend of disunity that had seen the Maghreb torn by almost 10 major conflicts over territory and regional hegemony in the first 30 years of independence (Ben El Hassan Alaoui 1994: 100–14). In 1992, Morocco essentially broke with the UMA to pursue bilateral arrangements with the EU, but continued to participate in UMA activities (White 1996: 117).

Germany, whose agricultural products are not similar to those of the Maghreb, was favorable to agricultural free trade but reluctant to invest heavily in the Mediterranean. The southern member states, whose agricultural produce is very similar to that of the Maghreb, were determined to continue protecting their farmers but were open to the idea of stabilizing the southern Mediterranean through major investment (of which the cost would fall disproportionately on the northern member states). The combination of these diametrically opposed positions resulted in a European Union policy based on the lowest common denominator: inadequate aid and agricultural protectionism (Kébabdjian 1995b: 14).

The significance and increasing importance of Maghreb oil and gas exports for the European Union would clearly have been a factor in the European decision to pursue free trade and association agreements with the region as a whole, although it would not have constituted a bargaining chip for either Morocco or Tunisia: Morocco has discovered no significant oil fields to date (although intensive exploration is ongoing) and has little gas, while Tunisia has only limited oil and gas resources used for domestic consumption.

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