You Never Listen to Me : The European-Saudi Relationship After Khashoggi

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Publication Date May 2019
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The EU has struggled to articulate a common policy towards Saudi Arabia. Member-states, particularly the UK and France, dominate the relationship. They conduct competing bilateral policies, driven by national interests. Europe is failing to respond as a bloc to Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman's  assertive and repressive policies. By following short-term economic and strategic incentives, the EU has drifted far from its values. The EU needs to take a decisive and co-ordinated approach if it wants to promote stability in the region and progress inside Saudi Arabia. Otherwise Saudi Arabia will continue to threaten domestic and international critics, and use its economic muscle to deter international organisations from holding it to account for its poor human rights record.

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