French President Nicolas Sarkozy's initiative on the Mediterranean should be seen as "an opportunity to rationalise and revitalise" the EU's present policy towards the Mediterranean, which is stuck "in a condition of laborious lethargy", writes Michael Emerson from the Centre for European Studies (CEPS) on March 20, 2008

The main explanation as to why the Barcelona Process - the predecessor to the new Union - has not delivered the desired results is in the weak policy input from member states, both at bilateral and EU level, argues Emerson. 

The author also attributes the lack of progress to the Arab partner states' "stubbornness" towards political and economic reforms. Moreover, he points out that, while only a few years ago, the South Mediterranean was not much poorer than Central and Eastern Europe, it "has now been left way behind" due to a policy of "benign neglect.

He therefore calls upon the EU to rationalise and properly integrate the Barcelona Process into a single 'European Mediterranean Policy', under the umbrella of the new Union.

The Euromediterranean Declaration of Barcelona (1995) states: “The participants agree to establish a partnership in social, cultural and human affairs. To this end: they reaffirm that dialogue and respect between cultures and religions are a necessary pre­condition for bringing the peoples closer. In this connection they stress the importance of the role the mass media can play in the reciprocal recognition and understanding of cultures as a source of mutual enrichment”. .
Purpose: To create a Euromediterranean Area (Union as we know today) without “them” and “us” - and even with a european and an Arab director!!

In a time of renewed "Cartoon-Crisis" and Geert Wilders´Koran film it might be rewarding to look back at the dialogue-crisis of 2006, since the problematic has remained the same - and will remain the same, as long as we have not fully submitted to Islam. 

A major follow up on the Barcelona declaration took place in Rabat, Morocco, on June 14-16, 2005,  “The Rabat Commitment”, which also discloses the names of the unauthorizes, self-appointed conspirators against our culture, democracy and freedom

A broad-based expert-level “Conference on Fostering Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations through Concrete and Sustained Initiatives “ was held under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohamed VI.

The participating organisations pledged to pursue, jointly or individually, from 2006 onwards this purpose. The Conference was attended by some 100 participants from more than 30 countries.

”For its part, ISESCO  was currently implementing a programme on establishing chairs for dialogue in Western universities and designating ISESCO Ambassadors for the Dialogue among Civilisations.” ISESCO´s Charter Art. 4 and 5a aim at preventing Muslims from integrating here and at  spreading islam to the whole world.

For ALECSO, its Director-General, H.E. Dr. Mongi Bousnina, underlined the necessity of dialogue, which was at the heart of the Arab Islamic culture which encompasses dialogue and openness to others . This can be attained by means of textbooks and curricula…,  leading to a better knowledge of the Other.

Representing the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Hans d’Orville: Much activities had been undertaken in the past dedicated to fostering a dialogue; yet the practical results and impact had remained limited and insufficient. Hence; there was a need for new and more refined approaches. Dialogue must contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration through education, sciences, culture and communication.

Representing the Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), H.E. Mr. Saad Eddine Taib reviewed the significant efforts undertaken by his organisation.He pointed to the rising danger of Islamophobia.  He also noted that OIC had set up an observatory for monitoring and documenting cases of Islamophobia. Furthermore, he called for a review of textbooks and curricula in the West to counter an environment hostile to Islam.

The Director of the Danish Centre for Culture and Development, Mr. Olaf Gerlach Hansen,

underlined the urgency of implementing a range of practical initiatives which might foster cultural diversity and universal values, bringing it from the philosophical level to concrete and sustained action particularly in the areas of the media, culture and education. Such action must address ignorances, stereotypes and prejudices, create true dialogue instead of violence and conflict and build on the rich cultural diversity.

The Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Euro Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures, Mr. Traugott Schoefthaler, underscored the necessity of going beyond traditional forms of dialogue between cultures, towards cooperation without mental and national frontiers.

On behalf of Council of Europe, its Director of Education, Mr. Gabriele Mazza, expressed the support of the Council for the Rabat initiative.  Contributing to the diversity and to the establishment of a democratic culture had recently been declared a priority by the 46 Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe who had reaffirmed the pivotal role of education and cultural activity for understanding, solidarity and social cohesion. The Council stood ready to pursue and intensify its efforts in favour of intercultural dialogue and cooperation, including the religious dimension, cultural policy, media, teacher training, pupil exchanges and youth cooperation.

Well as they were confabulating to the best of their very limited gifts and lack of insight into the nature of Islam came the Muhammad  cartoon "crisis" – and a matter-of-fact attitude befell these ideologists as a shock! However, they have recovered.
They will never give their rewarding work for the New World Order´s world state up.

So,Traugott Schoefthaler of the Anna Lindh Foundation wrote: “It happened on 27 March 2006. The President of the Arab Republic of Egypt declared: „The Dialogue between Cultures and Civilizations failed the first critical test during the recent cultural crisis.“
Huntington has to be condemned, how could he even think about a cultural clash, all men and women of good will are in favour of dialogue?

President Hosni Mubarak is right. We are not facing a “cartoon crisis”. We are living in a deep crisis of cultural relations going far beyond a political crisis.
The crisis is extremely difficult to overcome, since it is linked to emotions, resentments, feelings of superiority and inferiority.

The cartoon-related events are eye-openers. The deep crisis can no longer be denied.

The recent cultural crisis witnessed a large number of extremely short-sighted statements of European political leaders such as claiming „freedom of expression“ as “our Western value”. We need a dialogue that starts with the assumption that “the other might be right”.

United Nations established a High Level Group on the Spanish-Turkish proposal for an “Alliance of Civilizations” which will, in the light of recent events, have a specific feature on Islam.

The Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organizations of the Arab League (ALECSO) and of the Organization of the Islamic Conference(ISESCO) have jointly started the elaboration of “principles of a balanced Dialogue” which“should be based on rationalism, scientific methods and self-criticism” (Abu Dhabi Expert Meeting, 4-7 January 2006).

The Council of Europe has recently approved a programme for cooperation with Southern Mediterranean countries and is developing a “strategy on democratic management of diversity”.

The European Commission presented, at the meeting of the EuroMed Committee on 22 February 2006, a “Decalogue” of instruments, regrouping ten Euro-Med regional programmes, projects and networks.

How long will Benita Ferrero Waldner, EU Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, be allowed to go about undressed like this after she has cleared the multicultural track for the Sharia?

The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures, created in 2005 as the instrument of the Euro-Med Partnership for Dialogue, was invited to present to this special meeting a strategy for re-launching the Dialogue between Cultures the key elements of which are presented in the following sections of this paper:
  It is always the same mechanism of drawing dividing lines between human beings through assuming and imposing collective identities rather than respecting the human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination. Javier Pérez de Cuéllar and Amin Maalouf come to similar conclusions: Culturally sensitive language needs to avoid the popular distinction between “Us” and “Them”. They even warn against further using the term of “The Other” , since it opens the gate for imposing collective identities on the individual

…Many historically evolved and, therefore, taken-for granted views at cultures, identities, including their cognitive and emotional characteristics, need to be first de- and later on re-constructed.

Cultural diversity between as well as within countries is as essential for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. Cultural differences are not a threat but a key factor of quality of life”

Now, Schoefthaler obviously did not feel certain of his own statements

So he allied himself with the superspecialist of betrayal, the leader of the Danish  Centre for Cultural Development of the Foreign Ministry, Olaf G. Hansen.
Together they reached the following wise conclusions :
"Dialogue fora composed of “representatives” of religious or ethnic groups are counter-productive and contribute to the clash of civilizations scenario rather than preventing it.
No more “representative” events. Events should be  inter-institutional, with the objective of creating synergies and common platforms of action."

They have finally seen that the meeting between ordinary Europeans and Muslims will inevitably
lead to the clash of civilizations.
Nevertheless, these irresponsible people go on pumping Muslims into Europe!

To Taugott Schoefthaler this seems to have been too much. He has resigned as Anna Lindh Foundation director. His successor, André Azoulaynow has the title of President !! which may indicate an upgrading of this propagandistic/educational Euromediterranean organization.