Luigi Lonardo

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    Political turmoil in Morocco spills over into tensions with the Netherlands

Political turmoil in Morocco spills over into tensions with the Netherlands

Morocco recalled its Ambassador to the Netherlands following a row over the extradition of a former Moroccan MP who has been linked to protests in the country. Luigi Lonardo explains the background to the incident and assesses what it might mean for Morocco’s relationship with the European Union.

The rapid Arab expansion that started in the seventh century heavily depended on […]

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    The EU’s new Global Strategy remains wedded to an old-fashioned conception of foreign policy

The EU’s new Global Strategy remains wedded to an old-fashioned conception of foreign policy

Federica Mogherini presented a draft ‘Global Strategy’ on 28 June, which is intended to guide the EU’s foreign and security policy. Luigi Lonardo argues that by stressing the need for unity among member states, the new strategy overlooks the risks that can occur from a centralised foreign policy. A more flexible approach to foreign policy would not only help […]

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    The EU’s ‘diplomatic accident’ with Morocco shows the perils of judge-led foreign policy

The EU’s ‘diplomatic accident’ with Morocco shows the perils of judge-led foreign policy

Morocco announced at the end of February that it was suspending ties with the European Union. The statement was issued following a ruling by the European Court of Justice that an EU-Morocco trade deal was illegal on the basis that it included the territory of Western Sahara. Luigi Lonardo writes that while the ruling is currently being appealed, the […]

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