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Michel wants a strong European voice; Merkel starts Libyan peace council

EU chairman Charles Michel argues for a strong and unified European approach to international conflicts. Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen also welcomed the attempts to establish a ceasefire in Libya. A civil war has been going on there for years, and General Haftar threatens to take over the capital Tripoli.

When the crisis in Libya escalates, EU president Michel fears a large stream of refugees from North Africa. Whether the European Union has much to crumble in the geopolitical field is often questioned because the EU does not have its own military forces for foreign interventions.

Michel mentioned that it is very important that EU speaks with one voice in major international conflicts. Not only Commission President Von der Leyen, High Representative for Foreign Policy Borrell and he must be aligned, but also the prime ministers and presidents of the most influential member states. With this he mainly refers to Macron, Merkel and Johnson.

German Chancellor Merkel has invited the parties involved in the conflict in Libya to come to Berlin on Sunday. Merkel hopes to start a peace process. The US, Russia, China, Turkey and France have also been invited to participate. The internationally recognized government of Libya will also be present in Berlin.

Russia is also calling on conflict parties in war-torn Libya to travel to Berlin for a peace conference next Sunday. Only then can it be ensured that they also accept all decisions that are agreed upon, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister of the internationally recognized government of Libya, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and his main opponent, warlord Khalifa Haftar, have been invited to the summit. It is still unclear whether they will be present in Berlin. According to the German government, representatives from the United States, Russia, Great Britain, France, China, Turkey, Italy and the United Nations are also expected

The Haftar militia control large parts of the country in the civil war. Shortly before Merkel's invitation, the talks with the conflicting parties about a ceasefire in Moscow had ended unsuccessfully.

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