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After 29 months of presidential vacuum that caused the stalemate of several political questions in Lebanon, Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, was elected President. This will hopefully open a new phase for the country, in a fragile balance since the beginning of the Syrian Crisis. However, the impasse of the last two years and the election of Aoun have demonstrated the inner limitations of the Lebanese political system.

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In the history of the EU, the current migration flows are unprecedented in terms of people involved. They are massive and affect numerous EU countries in various ways. The phenomenon is the result of a mix of driving forces, pushing people to flee their countries to start over in Europe. These factors should be embedded in a broader structure of significant global challenges: violence, poverty, social polarization, climate change, political volatility in the Maghreb and Middle East which has taken other destination options off the table.
http://mediterraneanaffairs.com/migrants-eu-need-redress-policy-response/

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What happened this week in the Mediterranean region?


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"After more than three decades of antagonistic relations with short rapprochement attempts doomed to failure, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran are fighting their own “Cold War” in the Middle East, with armed non-state actors as proxies. The Russian backing to the Iranian policy and the initial American-Saudi cooperation, its indirect engagement in regional conflicts by supporting opposing forces as well as the nuclear programs of the two actors, allegedly aiming to develop atomic weapons, pictured the situation as an extension of the Cold War. Sectarian differences – Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia – do play an important role in regional dynamics but more as instruments than as main feature of the turmoil; economic gains and the struggle for influence prevail, the two powers crossing sectarian boundaries in order to pursue their political ambitions. "


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Today, Mediterranean Affairs intends to give a prominent place to “The alarm has rang for a transition in food and agricultural, wake up!”. This Declaration on Food and Agriculture Transition in the Mediterranean, has been elaborated by the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation along with other organisations.
This manifesto has already about fourty signing organisations from different countries of the Mediterranean. MA is one of the organization that signed it.


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The most relevant news of the week concerning the Euro-Mediterranean region


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Far from being a strictly national issue, the parliamentary elections held in Montenegro on 16 October were closely linked to the future positioning of the country in the international context. Plunged in the membership negotiations with the EU and NATO, the society decided whether supporting the Euro-Atlantic path, leaded by the left-wing Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), or keeping closer ties with Russia by voting the Democratic Front big tent (DF), a turning point in the future direction of Montenegro. Despite the victory of the DPS as the strongest block, the results left a fragmented Parliament and a complex scenario which can put into risk the roadmap of the country, specially in its NATO membership expectations.



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What is pushing women and girls to leave their respective countries, to join such a cruel and conservative organization as Daesh?

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