TALKING EUROPE © FRANCE 24
Almost a month into the war between Israel and Hamas, the European Union is still struggling to speak with one voice. While EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has expressed unconditional support for Israel, some of her own staff have signed a letter criticising her position, along with employees from other EU institutions. Some EU member states continue to express strong support for Israel, such as the Czech Republic and Hungary, while others worry that such stances may harm the bloc’s image.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has visited Israel and suggested an international coalition against Hamas. He was not representing the EU when he said that. The Czech and Austrian leaders have visited Israel too.
We discuss the EU’s response to the conflict with two MEPs.
Produced by Isabelle Romero, Sophie Samaille and Perrine Desplats
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Thijs REUTEN, Dutch MEP, Socialists and Democrats
Marc BOTENGA, Belgian MEP, The Left