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Expanding Boundaries but not Opening Them

Europe is facing many complicated problems simultaneously – amongst them terrorism and instability in the Middle East. In an unstable situation like this, it only adds to uncertainty to try to decide what partners should and could become members of NATO. The delegate of Poland thinks that NATO should be flexible about what they demand of the different countries, taking into account that each one of them is politically, culturally and economically different. Thus, the delegate suggested that standards have to be adapted according to differences for any country that wants to become a NATO member. However, as this is sure to cause even more uncertainty, not everyone agrees with this.

Amongst these inner differences, Libya is asking for military help due to the terrorism they have inside their boundaries. Concretely they want NATO to help them with resources, troops and any other areas they can offer assistance. But, will the government of Libya use the money and resources for the purpose they claim? Many experts doubt that the current Libyan government could even use them efficiently, as Libya is as many experts agree, a failed state.

Heated discussions broke out in NATO, as countries were unsure how to react to Libya’s cry for help. Hungary and Slovakia are against providing this help, as they fear this will only destabilise the region further, leading to even more refugees in Europe who spread their religion and way of thinking. In this, the eastern European nations are serving as examples – every European should be concerned about renewed streams of Muslim refugees. We have already suffered enough terrorist attacks!

It is beneficial for NATO to look for new allies, but they should be wary of losing their initial and essential principles and values.

 

by Elena Lobo

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