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Why EU's Mid-East economic stake cannot translate into political clout

Bloc's inability to forge consensus, shortage of workable strategies for region among reasons

Heads of states and governments as well as top businessmen from the European Union and Middle Eastern nations convened over two days in the Greek capital of Athens for a summit devoted to enhancing regional cooperation.

Plenty of enthusiasm for promoting Europe's relations with the Middle East was in evidence at the 3rd EU-Arab World Summit on Monday and Tuesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 01, 2018, with the headline 'Why EU's Mid-East economic stake cannot translate into political clout'. Print Edition | Subscribe