EU sanctions are no substitute for real diplomacy on IranEUobserver 3.4.2013
Looking beyond the next round of negotiations in April in Kazakhstan, the EU should formulate a strategic approach towards Iran.
On one hand, stringent financial sanctions are employed to bite hard into the Iranian economy.
On the other hand, the EU is leading negotiations in a collective diplomatic effort with five countries, the US, Russia, China, Germany, the UK and France, the so-called E3+3.
But despite the EU's prominence at the negotiating table (the talks are chaired by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton), its real relevance to the Iran problem is through its sanctions.
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