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Can Risk-Averse EU Break Its Own Inertia on Iran Nuclear Talks?

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Under new President Hasan Rouhani, Iran has moved swiftly to repair communication channels with the U.S. and speed up negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. So far, much attention has been paid to how Washington will react to Rouhani’s diplomatic outreach. But success in these negotiations will also necessitate an improved Iranian relationship with the European Union.

While there is skepticism about how flexible the Islamic Republic can be and whether Presidents Hasan Rouhani and Barack Obama can deliver on whatever deal might come out of the negotiation process, an equally important question is what the EU can offer to get the Iranian president to compromise and help him survive the onslaught of critics back home. In short, what will be the EU’s response to Iran’s overtures? ...

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