Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion once said that Israel’s fate rests on the state being both strong and right. Well, for the European Union, it appears that being right is enough. An ostensibly minor legal-economic tiff that recently emerged between the EU and Morocco is turning out to be a microcosm, representing the EU’s problems with the entire world, and even with itself.
The minor issue revolves around a fishing agreement between the EU and Morocco, which is set to expire this coming July. European Court of Justice Advocate General Melchior Wathelet, a Belgian politician who once served as a judge at the same court, has complied with a British request to review the agreement on the grounds that the existing agreement violates the human rights of the residents of Western Sahara, and is therefore illegal.