From the European perspective, North Africa is of exceptional importance. But the »Arab Spring« has shaken up the Southern shore of the Mediterranean. From East to West the countries there are heavily involved in conflicts, sub-conflicts throughout the region, some national and others between states. As a result of this situation, particularly of the geographic proximity,the security, economic,
social and cultural interests of Europe play a major role.
So the EU needs to help the South of Europe look further South again because the urgency of finding longer-term responses to this crisis is evident.
My approach to this subject is – focusing on the region of Northwestern Africa – to get in contact with the local ethnic groups, find and study the origin of their problems and finally integrate the found perceptions and ideas in analytics.