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Foreign Secretary David Miliband has suggested the European Union should work towards including Russia, Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Morocco, about 1/10 larger than Cali, lies across the Strait of Gbrltr on the Med Sea and looks out on the Atlantic from the northwest shoulder of Africa.... the Mediterranean coast is mountainous. The Atlas Mountains, running northeastward from the south to the Algerian frontier, average 11,000 ft (3,353 m) in elevation.
In the 2004 terrorist bombings in Madrid, Spain, numerous Moroccans were implicated. A wave of suicide bombings struck Casablanca in March and April 2007 Authorities were not certain if the attacks were related.
Nearly 4 times the size of Texas, Algeria is bordered on the west by Morocco and Western Sahara and on the east by Tunisia and Libya. The Mediterranean Sea is to the north, and to the south are Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. The Saharan region, which is 85% of the country, is almost completely uninhabited.
International disputes: Algeria supports the exiled Sahrawi Front and rejects Moroccan admin of W Sahara; Algeria's border with Morocco remains an irritant to bilateral relations; each nation has accused the other of harboring militants and arms smuggling; in an attempt to improve relations after unilaterally imposing a visa requirement on Algerians in the early 1990s, Morocco lifted the requirement in mid-2004 - a gesture not reciprocated by Algeria...
Tunisia, at the northernmost bulge of Africa, thrusts out toward Sicily to mark the division between the eastern and western Mediterranean Sea. Twice the size of South Carolina...
Libya stretches along the northeast coast of Africa between Tunisia and Algeria on the west and Egypt on the east; to the south are the Sudan, Chad, and Niger. It is one-sixth larger than Alaska. A greater part of the country lies within the Sahara. Along the Mediterranean coast and farther inland is arable plateau land.
International disputes: Libya has claimed more than 32,000 sq km in southeastern Algeria and about 25,000 sq km in Niger in currently dormant disputes; various Chadian rebels from the Aozou region reside in southern Libya.
Originally posted by anhinga
Turkey has become anti-American since the war(s) began and it seems to be getting worse w/ clashes w/ Syria and Iraq, plus long-standing disputes w/ Greece; they have a huge population at 73 billion people. Top 20 worldwide.... Russia, maybe the same story, I go to and fro w/ them re: geopolitics; population 143 billion. The EU has only 493 million people, so that could be their rationale for this, I don't know.