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End-state Afghanistan: a European perspective

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The international conference on Afghanistan called upon by Germany and the United Kingdom and to be held later this year or in early 2010, will probably offer the very last opportunity for the international community to turn the tide. It will also offer an ultimate opportunity for the EU and the member states to develop a truly shared European view on a comprehensive strategy and potential contributions. However, our actions in Afghanistan can only be part of a more global approach. This demonstrates that also the EU needs a coherent “Grand Strategy”. With the Lisbon Treaty we all signed up to this rather urgent objective.
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