Viewpoint  |  30 June 2011

Desertec can integrate the EU with North Africa and the Middle East on many different levels

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Oliver Gnad and Marcel Viëtor

The technical, economic and political obstacles to the famous Desertec vision are considerable. It seems much simpler to increase renewable energy production inside the EU without making ourselves dependent on external sources. Yet energy and climate policies should not be the only considerations when we think of Desertec, argue Oliver Gnad and Marcel Viëtor. When viewed from a geopolitical, strategic viewpoint – as a key integration and political project that can bind together Europe with the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) – Desertec can be part of the answer to many of Europe’s long-term challenges, ranging from migration to economic growth and dependence on fossil fuels. It is time to bring Desertec to the highest political level in Europe: under the aegis of Lady Catherine Ashton and the European External Action Service.

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