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By David Vance On March 11th, 2011

Once again, the EU speaks with forked tongue;

“Yesterday saw France break rank with other EU member states on the Libyan crisis. Following a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Ali Essaoui – a representative of the Libyan rebel leadership, the National Transition Council (NTC) – told reporters that France had “recognised the NTC as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.” The statement was later confirmed by Sarkozy’s office, reports AFP.

The move met with immediate criticism from other EU member states.

EUobserver quotes German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle saying that the French position is “not the German position or the European position.” Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted, “Sweden recognises states – not regimes.

And most other EU countries are the same. Somewhat unclear on what France does.” EurActiv quotes UK Foreign Secretary William Hague saying, “We recognise states rather than groups within states.”

Reuters quotes a French official saying, “Extremely limited but targeted strikes in specific cases and not necessarily on airbases are being explored.”

Ahead of today’s emergency EU Council meeting, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy have written a joint letter to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, saying: “We support continued planning to be ready to provide support for all possible contingencies as the situation evolves…This could include a no-fly zone or other options against air attacks.” EU leaders are expected to agree to a joint declaration today demanding Libyan leader Col Gaddafi step down from power.

The EU, like the UN, is just embarrassing when it comes to these events.


  1. This could include a no-fly zone

    Which country in Europe will strike first? And lets face it a no fly zone means someone has to strike the Libyian air fleet and render it un usable. So who will it be? Hardly the spineless French, and the Brits are over stretched, I thought they were all hanging around waiting for the yanks to do it. Seems to me that is the only option open the rest being spouted by Cameron and Sarkozy is nothing but pure flatulence coming from their mouths.

  2. The ideal moment for the no fly zone was a week ago. The pondering ” international community ” has allowed Gadaffi to gain the initiative.

    The indecision may lead to a huge slaughter there.

  3. EUobserver quotes German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle saying that the French position is “not the German position or the European position.”

    There’s your argument against the EU, Herr Westerwelle.

    Self-determination, peaceful relations and bundles of trade are a much better, more civilised basis for life then the political central state, eh?

  4. There was a time, not that long ago, when we could have parked two aircraft carriers of the coast of Lybia. Whether we would have had any planes to fly from them was a different matter but, at least we had the carriers. Never mind, some time in the future we will have carriers again. Whether we will have any planes to fly from them is a different matter.

  5. BY 2020, those same aircraft carriers will be flying only one ensign .. the EU one.

  6. With world attention diverted away to Japan quake, more opportunity for Gadaffi to kill and kill and kill?

  7. Yeah, it’s looking more and more like Gadaffi is home free. There will be huffing and puffing and “sanctions” but business as usual will soon be restored, much to the relief of BP and many Italian firms (Berlusconi has been conspicuous by his silence in recent weeks – Gadaffi is one of his fellow kleptokrats, along with Putin).

    And it will be interesting to see how much encouragement this defeat for reform will give to the other reactionary regimes in the area. The mullahs in Iran had already learnt this lesson of course, but watch out for bloody repression elsewhere in the weeks to come.