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Union for the Mediterranean: how realistic an exercise in foresight?

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PurposeThe objective of this paper is to determine the feasibility of binding, politically, economically and culturally, the Mediterranean Sea's southern and northern coasts. Design/methodology/approachThe paper evokes the gains and limitations of such an undertaking. FindingsThe paper finds that the initiative may be premature, but a formal relationship should strengthen ties between the new Europe and industrializing portions of North Africa and the western Middle East. Originality/valueStrong efforts by one European leader to rationalize the relationships of the European Union with nearly two-dozen Islamic States hold promise politically, economically and perhaps culturally.

Keywords: European Union; International business; North Africa; Pollution control; South Asia

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680910950101

Publication date: 2009-04-10

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