The situation in Lybia affects Europe


The revolts that took place in Libya one week ago also have their repercussions in Europe and on the relations between the different countries in Europe. Not every country has the same relationship with Lybia so this leads to other point of views. Obviously, those points of views were clear after consulting our European sources.

All our sources tell a similar story. This means that there is no discussion about the pure facts. Every media in Europe agrees on the fact that the actions taken by Gaddafi to suppress the revolt are absolutely unjustified and a violation of international humanitarian law. Furthermore, they agree on the fact that the power of Gaddafi is diminishing and that he will not be able to maintain his power for a long time.

After consulting all our sources we can summarize the news of the day as following:

Yesterday, there were some rumors that Muammar al-Gaddafi fled to Venezuela. But to counter these rumors he gave an interview where he tried to convince everyone that he was still staying in Tripoli. This interview was broadcasted by a state-run station. All media report that the video is quite strange, because the interview was given in an odd situation. He was sitting in a car and holding an umbrella. Despite the fact that he still “controls” the biggest part of the country he is losing power and authority. At the moment only Benghazi is controlled by the opposition, mainly youth people. Gaddafi tries to maintain his control by bombing and using a mercenary army. At the moment he is still looking for some allies to suppress the revolution.

We can also conclude that all our sources are worried about the citizens of their country. They recommend leaving the country as soon as possible and going to Lybia is discouraged.

We also noticed some major differences in the report of the Lybia case.

The “Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung” informed us about the point of view of the German government. The German Minister of Foreign Affairs is thinking about some heavy-handed measures, if the situation doesn’t change in the near future. A lot his colleagues share this opinion, but the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs disagrees with this possible measure. This is the reason why the council of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs (read as: The European Union) couldn’t make an official statement and an agreement on possible measures.

In another German newspaper, namely “Der Spiegel”, we found the reason of the Italian veto. This newspaper describes the band between Italy and Lybia very precisely. Where most of the European leaders condemn the situation in Lybia Berlusconi remains silent. Apparently Italy has a lot of interests in Lybia. Lybia is one of the biggest trading partners of Italy: weapons, telecom,… Furthermore Lybia is the biggest energy supplier of Italy. Italy really needs Libyan gas and oil. Another import point is the immigration of Libyan citizens. Gaddafi and Berlusconi signed an agreement in which they agree to try to limit the number of immigrants. Therefore Gaddafi may use Italian boats to survey the coast. Berlusconi said that this can be a problem for whole Europe, because those immigrants will travel on to other countries. With this argument he tries to convince the EU to wait with hard-handed measures.

Only in the German media we saw anything about the relation between Italy and Lybia. The others didn’t mention it. “Le Figaro” published as her main article a text about the oil industry. Because of the harassment a lot of oil companies are about to leave Lybia. This means less production and off course higher prices. So “Le Figaro” was really focused on the economic consequences of the situation of Lybia.

In the UK (The Guardian) we only read a detailed story of the facts. The paper doesn’t mention anything about the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs or about any possible future problems of the European Union. This is really typical for the UK and its island mentality. Actually they don’t care that much about the other European states.

To conclude we can say that all our sources report the same facts, but that we definitely see the different point of views of our sources. This point of view is very close to the attitude of the country.

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