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I was glad to participate on 9 July in a panel of renowned international affairs pundits from all continents, organised by our EU ISS and Carnegie, to discuss how we can navigate the pandemic world together.

On July 7, the Foreign ministers of Germany, France, Egypt and Jordan held an important discussion on the risks linked to the unilateral annexation of parts of the West Bank. Unfortunately I could not attend as I was travelling in order to deal with other equally important issues. The EU was represented by the Secretary General of the EEAS and the EU Special Representative for the Middle East.

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في 7 تموز/ يوليو، أجرى وزراء خارجية ألمانيا وفرنسا ومصر والأردن نقاش هام حول المخاطر المرتبطة بضم أجزاء من الضفة الغربية من جانب واحد. وللأسف، لم أتمكن من الحضور لأنني كنت في سفر من أجل التعامل مع مسائل أخرى لا تقل أهمية. ومثل الاتحاد الأوروبي الأمين العام للجهاز الأوروبي للعمل الخارجي والممثل الخاص للاتحاد الأوروبي للشرق الأوسط.

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Are you concerned with social and solidarity-driven entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean? Do you want to boost your activism leadership skills in this area? Do you have a project idea that can be implemented within a regional common action framework?

Êtes-vous intéressé par l’Entrepreneuriat pour l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire en Méditerranée ? Voulez-vous améliorer vos compétences en leadership d'activisme dans ce domaine ? Avez-vous une idée de projet à mettre en œuvre dans le cadre d'une action commune dans la région?

هل أنت معني بمشاريع الريادة الاجتماعية وذات التوجه التضامني في منطقة المتوسط؟ هل تريد تعزيز مهاراتك القيادية في العمل المدني في هذه المنطقة؟ هل لديك فكرة مشروع لعمل مشترك يمكن تنفيذه على الصعيد الإقليمي؟

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“Demography is destiny” said the sociologist Auguste Comte: the basic idea is that population trends and distributions determine the future of a country or region. Recently, my colleague Dubravka Suica, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for demography and democracy, provided us with an analysis of the foreseeable consequences of the demographic changes underway in Europe and globally. This work deserves our full attention, because this subject is both central to the Union's internal affairs and for its place in the world.

We need to build a common strategic culture in Europe. If we agree more on how we see the world and the challenges it contains, it will be easier to agree on what to do about them. Given our different histories, this will take time. It requires many discussions among all involved in the shaping of Europe’s foreign policy, both in Brussels and capitals. We need to understand where each of us is coming from; what worries people and why; but also what we have in common.

In the almost ten years since civil war began in Syria, I have followed closely its appalling developments and the horrors that the Syrian people have gone through. I come from a country that went through a civil war and perfectly know how it divides and destroys a society.

More than 12 million Syrians, half of the pre-war population, had to flee their homes. Over half a million have lost their lives. An entire generation of Syrian children has only known war. As Europeans, we have collectively been unable to stop these massacres at the gates of our continent. When we pursue our efforts to build a stronger Common Foreign and Security Policy for the EU, I often think of Syria and what we could have done there.

 

Rana is a Lebanese mother of 40 years old and living in Syr El Danniyeh, located in North Lebanon.
She is the mother of three boys and one girl, and her husband is jobless.

Rana attended remotely the psychosocial sessions in positive parenting and early marriage awareness, provided in the framework of the Qudra 2 Programme in Lebanon, which aims at promoting protection measures for the self-development and wellbeing of vulnerable children and adults, from Syrian and Lebanese populations.

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