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The rest of the world sees the hypocrisy embedded in the Western response – POLITICO

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We are now at the point where a credible case of genocide is before the International Court of Justice, as well as before war crimes and crimes against humanity prosecutors at the ICC. These bodies act quickly to enforce international law, while Europe – as the region’s largest power – is absent.

The EU seems unable to find a coherent voice even to condemn human suffering. So let’s start there and develop a real common European foreign policy based on this fundamental notion.

There is good news and bad news here. The bad news is that we cannot develop a truly common foreign policy overnight. The good news, however, is that the bar is set very low. Better yet, our European treaties contain solid guidelines that we can start applying today. We can start with a foreign policy – ​​even a modest one – that centers around some of our most fundamental values: respect for human dignity and international law.

Humanity must be our lowest common denominator, from which we build our credibility and political capital on the global stage. Because, make no mistake, both are in a dire state.

All of this must start with applying tough love to the Israeli government. The ICC Prosecutor’s Office has made clear that it believes some of the government’s actions constitute crimes against humanity, and that the stated goal of freeing the hostages was not served by Israel’s conduct. Our humane response to the October 7 massacre has chained us to an Israeli Prime Minister who serves his personal interests and those of fringe groups in his government. And in doing so, we have given up our autonomy and our ability to work for peace.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Having a common foreign policy based on respect for fundamental values ​​and the commitment of all parties to international law would immediately unblock the paralysis in which we find ourselves.


Sara Adm

Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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