Monday June 1, 2020

Europe must unite now the Iran nuclear deal is all but dead

The cooperation and unanimity that prevailed in the EU when the nuclear deal was negotiated have disappeared, but offering Tehran a credible plan, independent of the US, is vital

12th January, 2020
The Iran nuclear deal stood as a symbol of what a united and strong Europe could achieve. Picture: Getty Images

There is a thin line between strategic autonomy and strategic irrelevance. Just ask the European Union. It has made the former the signature goal of its nascent defence and security policy, yet has found itself in recent days contemplating the latter, amid the exchange of insults and missiles between the US and Iran.

The most conspicuous casualty of the latest US-Iran stand-off is Europe’s greatest, and arguably its only, foreign policy achievement of the past...

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