Why are EU countries reluctant to intervene in Yemen’s war?
Under the above mentioned caption DW has published a ‘commenting report’ on 24–04– 2018.
For that report, DW has also drawn on the reports by Reuters and the comments of Ali al-Absi, a Yemeni researcher who specializes in EU affairs and a consultant at the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ghorfa), and Günter Meyer, the director of the Centre for Research on the Arab World at the University of Mainz.
According to the report, “Yemen’s conflict has raged since 2011. However, the European Union appears to have prioritized Syria’s civil war, which started the same year, because of economic considerations and a lack of urgency on refugees”.
According to Günter Meyer, “Both Britain and France sell arms to Saudi Arabia, which means they have no interest in dealing with the humanitarian catastrophe there“.
Ali al-Absi told DW that EU countries were also dissatisfied with Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and were therefore wary of providing financial assistance to a regime that has proved to be “inefficient.”
The report also highlights that one of the reasons for EU countries’ interest in halting Syria’s war, and not so in the case of Yemen, is the influx of Syrian refugees to EU countries – about one million of them (out of above 11 million) have taken refuge in EU countries. However, the Yemeni refugees find it too difficult to reach Europe, as explained by al-Absi, instead of attempting to reach Europe as refugees via a nearly impossible land route that would force them to transit Saudi Arabia and possibly Syria, Iraq or both, displaced people there are fleeing to the remaining safe areas within the country.
The detailed DW report may be read on http://www.dw.com/en/why-are-eu-countries-reluctant-to-intervene-in-yemens-war/a-43513746