Europe's Disgrace in Syria

Der Leiter der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz, Wolfgang Ischinger gibt am 24.01.2013 in München (Bayern) eine Pressekonferenz. Die Sicherheitskonferenz findet vom 01. bis 03.02.2013 statt. Foto: Tobias Hase/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Wolfgang Ischinger, head of the Munich Security Conference, Picture Source: DPA
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled war in the Middle East for the safety of Europe, creating political tensions across the continent.

  • Facts


    • Russia and the United States helped negotiate a nationwide ceasefire in Syria in early September.
    • The agreement collapsed in just a week when an aid convoy was bombed.
    • The Russian-backed Syrian government has launched a renewed attack against the besieged city of Aleppo, triggering condemnation in the West.
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It’s easy to point the finger at Russia or the United States for the renewed bloodshed in Syria, but Europe should have done more to guarantee the success of the short-lived ceasefire agreement, the head of the Munich Security Conference told Handelsblatt.

“Europe could have used political and economic incentives to force the belligerents to make concessions,” said Wolfgang Ischinger, who also served as Germany’s ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Ischinger told Handelsblatt that the European Union should have offered the warring parties a reconstruction package in the tens of billions of euros in exchange for abiding by the ceasefire.

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