Morals, money and power: the EU’s (in)action in Iran
Over 100 protesters were killed by Iranian government forces this week, after the government there hiked up petrol prices by a soaring 50 per cent.
The move is directly tied to US President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure policy, after he pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. He once again imposed robust economic sanctions on Iran that has crippled many of the Iranian government’s revenue sources, cutting of petrol subsidies and increasing prices.
Weeks ago, Iran breached the deal for the fourth time in what is perhaps the most serious way, by enriching uranium at its underground Fordow site. Fordow is a site built inside a mountain apparently to protect it from any aerial bombardment, and one that Tehran concealed from UN inspectors until 2009.
What does this have to do with the EU?
Everything and nothing, all at once.
France, Germany and the UK are considered by some to be the European guarantors of the Iran Nuclear deal, but they do not seem to be too bothered by the latest developments. This also comes at a time when French President Emmanuel Macron threw security policy officials into a frenzy when he called intergovernmental military alliance NATO ‘brain dead’.
Things have gotten so bad in the Iranian regime that the government even resorted to switching off the Internet. But still, no bodies of the EU have been urged to move.
The Germans, French and British might all be on the same page- but that page is blank. They have no plan, they have been very passive throughout this period since the US has imposed sanctions and have sat on the back-burner, idly by.
What that has meant, effectively, is that now the escalation has progressed so far that there is nothing to do.
The EU and its guarantors of the Iran Nuclear Deal have not been able to put this deal back together. They have been pretending for some time that it hadn’t fallen apart with no hopes of it getting cobbled back together.
German, French and British economies are not immune to the US sanctions. Maybe it’s a question of wanting to but not being able to, because of money and power.
However, this throws into question the credibility of the EU to safeguard those most in need.
Brussels View Point is penned by Denise Grech, Brussels Correspondent for Corporate Dispatch