Geopolitik: Europe Out of the Loop in New Middle East

„In the capitals of Europe, there is as yet only limited understanding of the new and emergent strategic realities of the Middle East. As a result, European countries are increasingly irrelevant or invisible in the diplomacy of the region.

The still dominant perspectives in Europe belong largely to the era now fading: the supposed centrality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Mideast stability, the desire to return to the Iran nuclear agreement, a more general preference for formal and multi-lateral agreements, while the region favours the tacit, the pragmatic and the bilateral.

As a result, European countries have played no part in the emergence and crystallization of the tacit alliance of pro-Western countries of which Israel and the UAE form a part. This alliance has emerged through bilateral connections, but with the quiet encouragement and tutelage of the US.“ (…)