EU sidelined and divided as war rages again in Middle East

18th May, 2021

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Smoke rises over a mosque in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

If the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, wanted to symbolise the Joe Biden administration’s determination not to become embroiled in the Israel-Palestine issue, he could not have timed better his current trip to Copenhagen, Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Important discussions on the Arctic and the climate crisis may be on the agenda, but the chilly north is a distance from the tunnels, rocket fire and screams of those suffering in the latest war in the Middle East.

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