EU must play a bigger role in Syria

With the US and Russia reaching a ceasefire agreement on Syria, Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam, Ambassador-in-Residence at The Hague Institute argues in a new op-ed in de Volkskrant that the European Union must reassert itself as an important player in Syria. EU capabilities can complement and strengthen the efforts currently undertaken by the US and Russia. EU member states should form a united front to make this role possible. This must start at home, in The Netherlands. What role do the Dutch see for themselves? The Netherlands must take a position before the upcoming elections to ensure that the European Union can take up its mantle.

“Even if the ceasefire doesn’t hold immediately, the EU must show that with regard to Syria, ‘EUxit’ is not an option.”

– Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam

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