EU-Middle East Relations: An Introduction

Michelle Pace (Producer)

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It is often argued that the Middle East and Europe are natural regional partners brought together out of recognition of mutual strategic concerns and proximity, yet have unfulfilled reciprocal expectations over the direction the partnership
ought to take. The EU has over the years unravelled a series of policy
frameworks for embracing its southern Mediterranean flank, born out of its
own experiences at forming a political and economic intra-national entity
of unparalleled levels of consensus and coordination. The 1995 Barcelona
Declaration (or Euro-Mediterranean Partnership) heralded the first concerted action to bring together the EU Member States and the countries of ‘the South’ in a partnership based on a set of agreed principles on security, economic interdependence, democracy and civil society. (Source:
Original languageEnglish
Publication date4 Feb 2021
Place of PublicationRome
Media of outputYoutube
Size24:05 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

In this EUMENIA Lecture, Michelle Pace, Professor in Global Studies (Roskilde University of Denmark), analyses EU and Middle East relations.


  • EU
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
  • European Neighbourhood Policy
  • Union for the Mediterranean
  • Mediterranean politics
  • southern neighbourhood
  • southern flank
  • democracy promotion
  • democracy support
  • geopolitics
  • Oil and gas
  • migration
  • security
  • stability

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