NATO’s new so-called Package on the South, approved by allied leaders at their 11-12 July summit in Brussels, to create a more “coherent approach” to security across the Middle East and North Africa is a mixed bag of substance and window dressing designed to rebalance NATO’s heavy emphasis so far on its eastern frontier and to address its southern allies’ security concerns.
However, it does neither fully, according to allied military, diplomatic and policy officials queried in private during the summit.
“Let’s be frank: the biggest concern of the southern Med allies [France, Italy, Greece, and Spain], who all have to wear their EU hat, too, is immigration.
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