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Vol 59 No 23

Published 23rd November 2018


Posturing in Palermo

The latest effort to solve Libya’s crisis produces grandstanding but little progress as European powers compete for influence

The Palermo conference on Libya on 12-13 November called by Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was as much about Italy's primacy in the north African conflict as about the meeting's official message; 'for Libya, with Libya'. The conference, which also brought in the French and the Russians, was a power play by Italy vis-à-vis the Paris summit on Libya in May, to which the French government did not invite Italy.

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