Council along with members from Arab countries and the Arab League. Proceedings and
decisions took place in closed sessions. No official minutes were recorded.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD) is a political, economic and cultural institution designed to
ensure perfect cohesion between Europeans and Arabs. Its structure was set up at
conferences in Copenhagen (15 December 1973), and Paris (31 July 1974). The principal
agent of this policy is the European Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation,
founded in 1974. The other principal organs of The Dialogue are the MEDEA Institute and
the European Institute of Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation, created
in 1995 with the backing of the European Commission.
In an interview with Jamie Glazov of Frontpage Magazine, Ye'or explained how "in
domestic policy, the EAD established a close cooperation between the Arab and European
media television, radio, journalists, publishing houses, academia, cultural centers, school
textbooks, student and youth associations, tourism. Church interfaith dialogues were
determinant in the development of this policy. Eurabia is therefore this strong Euro-Arab
network of associations - a comprehensive symbiosis with cooperation and partnership on
policy, economy, demography and culture."
Eurabia's driving force, the Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation, was
created in Paris in 1974. It now has over six hundred members - from all major European
political parties - active in their own national parliaments, as well as in the European
parliament. France continues to be the key protagonist of this association.
A wide-ranging policy was sketched out. It entailed a symbiosis of Europe with the
Muslim Arab countries that would endow Europe - and especially France, the project's
prime mover - with a weight and a prestige to rival that of the United States. This policy
was undertaken quite discreetly, and well outside of official treaties, using the innocent-
sounding name of the Euro-Arab Dialogue. The organisation functioned under the
auspices of European government ministers, working in close association with their Arab
counterparts, and with the representatives of the European Commission and the Arab
League. The goal was the creation of a pan-Mediterranean entity, permitting the free
circulation both of men and of goods.
On the cultural front there began a complete re-writing of history, which was first
undertaken during the 1970s in European universities. This process was ratified by the
parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe in September 1991, at its meeting
devoted to "The Contribution of the Islamic Civilisation to European culture." It was
reaffirmed by French President Jacques Chirac in his address of April 8, 1996 in Cairo,
and reinforced by Romano Prodi, president of the powerful European Commission, the
EU's "government," and later Italian Prime Minister, through the creation of a Foundation
on the Dialogue of Cultures and Civilisations. This foundation was to control everything
said, written and taught about Islam in Europe.
Over the past three decades, the EEC and the EU's political and cultural organisations
have invented a fantasy Islamic civilisation and history. The historical record of violations
of basic human rights for all non- Muslims and women under sharia (Islamic Law) is
either ignored or dismissed. In this worldview the only dangers come from the United
States and Israel. The creators of Eurabia have conducted a successful propaganda
campaign against these two countries in the European media. This fabrication was made
easier by pre-existing currents of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in parts of Europe,
although both sentiments have been greatly inflated by Eurabians and their collaborators.
On January 31, 2001, with the recrudescence of Palestinian terrorist jihad, European
Foreign Affairs Commissioner Chris Patten declared to the European Parliament that
Europe's foreign policy should give special attention to its southern flank (the Arab
countries, in EU jargon), adding that he was delighted by the general agreement to give
greater visibility to the Mediterranean Partnership.
Bat Ye'or thinks that "Our politicians are perfectly informed of Islamic history and current
policies by their embassies, agents and specialists. There is no innocence there, but
tremendous inflexibility in corruption, cynicism and the perversion of values."
In the preface to her book, she states that "This book describes Europe's evolution from
a Judeo-Christian civilisation, with important post-Enlightenment secular elements, into a
post- Judeo-Christian civilisation that is subservient to the ideology of jihad and the
The new European civilisation in the making can correctly be termed a ''civilisation of
dhimmitude.'' The word dhimmitude comes from the Koranic word ''dhimmi.'' It refers to
the subjugated, non-Muslim individuals who accept restrictive and humiliating
subordination to Islamic power in order to avoid enslavement or death. The entire Muslim
world as we know it today is a product of this 1,300 year-old jihad dynamic, whereby
once thriving non-Muslim majority civilisations have been reduced to a state of
dysfunction and dhimmitude. The dhimmis are inferior beings who endure humiliation
and aggression in silence. This arrangement allows Muslims to enjoy an impunity that
increases both their hatred and their feeling of superiority, under the protection of the
Eurabia is a novel new entity. It possesses political, economic, religious, cultural, and
media components, which are imposed on Europe by powerful governmental lobbies.
While Europeans live within Eurabia's constraints, outside of a somewhat confused
awareness, few are really conscious of them on a daily basis.
This Eurabian policy, expressed in obscure wording, is conducted at the highest political
levels and coordinated over the whole of the European Union. It spreads an anti-
American and anti-Semitic Euro-Arab sub-culture into the fiber of every social, media and
cultural sector. Dissidents are silenced or boycotted. Sometimes they are fired from their
jobs, victims of a totalitarian "correctness" imposed mainly by the academic, media and
According to Ye'or, France and the rest of Western Europe can no longer change their
policy: "It is a project that was conceived, planned and pursued consistently through
immigration policy, propaganda, church support, economic associations and aid, cultural,
media and academic collaboration. Generations grew up within this political framework;
they were educated and conditioned to support it and go along with it."
Are Bat Ye'or's claims correct, or even possible?
Bernard Lewis has pointed out that, by common consent among historians, "the modern
history of the Middle East begins in the year 1798, when the French Revolution arrived in
Egypt in the form of a small expeditionary force led by a young general called Napoleon
Bonaparte-who conquered and then ruled it for a while with appalling ease."
In an unsuccessful effort to gain the support of the Egyptian populace, Napoleon issued
 proclamations praising Islam. "People of Egypt," he proclaimed upon his entry to
Alexandria in 1798, "You will be told that I have come to destroy your religion; do not
believe it! Reply that I have come to restore your rights, to punish the usurpers, and that
more than the Mamluks, I respect God, his Prophet, and the Qur'an."
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According to an eyewitness, Napoleon ended his proclamation with the phrase, "God is
great and Muhammad is his prophet." To Muslim ears, this sounded like the shahada -
the declaration of belief in the oneness of Allah and in Prophet Muhammad as his last
messenger. Recitation of the shahadah, the first of the five pillars of Islam, is considered
to mark one's conversion to Islam. Muslims could thus conclude that Napoleon had
converted to Islam . In fact, one of his generals, Jacques Ménou, did convert to Islam.
The French were later defeated and forced to leave Egypt by the English admiral Lord
Nelson. Although the French expedition to Egypt lasted only three years, it demonstrated
that the West was now so superior to the Islamic world that Westerners could enter the
Arab heartland, then still a part of the Ottoman Empire, at will. Only another Western
power could force them to leave. The shock of this realisation triggered the first attempts
to reform Islam in the 19th century.
A positive result of Western conquest was the influx of French scientists into Egypt and
the foundation of modern Egyptology. Most importantly, it led to the discovery of the
Rosetta Stone, which was later used by French philologist Jean-François Champollion to
decipher the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. However, the encounter also left a lasting
impact in Europe, and above all in France.
The French invasion of Algeria in 1830 marked another chapter in this tale. Later, the
French ruled Tunisia and Morocco. Finally, after the First World War, the French gained
mandates over the former Turkish territories of the Ottoman Empire that make up what
is now Syria and Lebanon. After the Second World War, French troops gradually left Arab
lands, culminating with war and Algerian independence in 1962. However, their long
relationship with Arabs resulted in France's belief that she had a special relationship with
and an understanding of Arabs and Muslims. Along with French leadership in continental
Europe, this would now provide the basis of a new foreign policy.
President de Gaulle pushed for a France and a Europe independent of the two
superpowers. In a speech, he stated that "Yes, it is Europe, from the Atlantic to the
Urals, it is Europe, it is the whole of Europe, that will decide the destiny of the world." In
1966, he withdrew France from the common NATO military command, but remained
within the organisation.
Following the Six Days War in 1967, de Gaulle's condemnation of the Israelis for their
occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip marked a significant change in French
foreign policy. Previously, France - as well as the rest of Western Europe - had been
strongly pro-Israel, even going to war together with Israel as late as 1956 against
Nasser's Egypt. From 1967 on, however, France embarked on a decidedly pro-Arab
It has been said that English foreign policy has remained the same since the 16th
century. Its goal was to prevent any country, whether Spain, France, or later Germany,
from dominating continental Europe to the extent that it represents a threat to England.
On the other hand, one could argue that French foreign policy has also remained the
same for several centuries; its goal is to champion French leadership over Europe and the
Mediterranean region in order to contain Anglo-Saxon (and later Anglo-American)
dominance. This picture was complicated by the unification of Germany in the late 19th
century, but its outlines remain to this day.
Napoleon is the great hero of French PM de Villepin. Several prominent French leaders
stated quite openly in 2005 that the proposed EU Constitution was basically an enlarged
France. Justice Minister Dominique Perben said: "We have finally obtained this 'Europe à
la française' that we have awaited for so long. This constitutional treaty is an enlarged
France. It is a Europe written in French."
From its inception, European integration has been  a French-led enterprise. The fact
that the French political elite have never renounced the maintenance of their leadership
over Europe was amply demonstrated during the Iraq war. President Chirac famously said
in 2003 after Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic backed the US position "They
missed a good opportunity to shut up," adding "These countries have been not very well
behaved and rather reckless of the danger of aligning themselves too rapidly with the
Jean Monnet, French economist never elected to public office, is regarded by many as the
architect of European integration. Monnet was a well-connected pragmatist who worked
behind the scenes towards the gradual creation of European unity.
Richard North, publisher of the blog EU Referendum  and co-author (with Christopher
Booker) of The Great Deception: Can The European Union Survive, relates that for years
- at least from the 1920s - Jean Monnet had dreamed of building a "United States of
Europe." Although what Monnet really had in mind was the creation of a European entity
with all the attributes of a state, an "anodyne phrasing was deliberately chosen with a
view to making it difficult to dilute by converting it into just another intergovernmental
body. It was also couched in this fashion so that it would not scare off national
governments by emphasising that its purpose was to override their sovereignty."
In their analysis of the EU's history, the authors claim that the EU was not born out of
WW2, as many people seem to think. It had been planned at least a generation before
The Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950, widely presented as the beginning of the efforts
towards a European Union and commemorated in "Europe Day," contains phrases which
state that it is "a first step in the federation of Europe", and that "this proposal will lead
to the realisation of the first concrete foundation of a European federation." However, as
critics of the EU have noted, these political objectives are usually omitted when the
Declaration is referred to, and most people are unaware of their existence.
A federation is, of course, a State and "yet for decades now the champions of EC/EU
integration have been swearing blind that they have no knowledge of any such plans. The
EEC/EC/EU has steadily acquired ever more features of a supranational Federation: flag,
anthem, Parliament, Supreme Court, currency, laws."
The EU founders "were careful only to show their citizens the benign features of their
project. It had been designed to be implemented incrementally, as an ongoing process,
so that no single phase of the project would arouse sufficient opposition as to stop or
Booker and North call the European Union "a slow-motion coup d'état: the most
spectacular coup d'état in history," designed to gradually and carefully sideline the
democratic process and subdue the older nation states of Europe without saying so
The irony is that France is now held hostage  by the very forces she herself set in
motion. The Jihad riots by Muslim immigrants in France in 2005 demonstrated that
Eurabia is no longer a matter of French foreign policy, it is now French domestic policy.
France will burn unless she continues to appease Arabs and agree to their agenda.
The growth of the Islamic population is explosive. According to some, one out of three
babies born in France is a Muslim. Hundreds of Muslim ghettos already de facto follow
sharia, not French law. Some believe France will quietly become a Muslim country, while
others are predicting a civil war in the near future.
Maybe there is some poetic justice in the fact that the country that initiated and has led
the formation of Eurabia will now be destroyed by its own Frankenstein monster.
However, gloating over France's dilemma won't help. The impending downfall of France is
bad news for the rest of the West. What will happen to French financial resources? Above
all, who will inherit hundreds of nuclear warheads? Will these weapons fall into the hands
of Jihadist Muslims, too?
MEDEA (the European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab
Cooperation), supported by the European Commission, is one of the key components of
the Euro-Arab dialogue. On its own webpage, it states that:
"The Euro-Arab Dialogue as a forum shared by the European Community and the League
of Arab States arose out of a French initiative and was launched at the European Council
in Copenhagen in December 1973, shortly after the "October War" and the oil embargo.
As the Europeans saw it, it was to be a forum to discuss economic affairs, whereas the
Arab side saw it rather as one to discuss political affairs.
MEDEA Institute wishes to be a resource and a reference point for people wanting to
engage in the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue. Via its meetings and talks the Institute seeks
to create exchanges between political, economic, and diplomatic players, experts,
journalists, academics and others."
As Bat Ye'or points out, while most of the workings of Eurabia are hidden from the public
view, sometimes we can catch glimpses of it if we know what to look for. If you search
the archives of the MEDEA website and other sources and read the documents carefully,
the information is there. Even more material exists on paper, both in French and in
English. I argue, as does Bat Ye'or, that there are sufficient amounts of information
available to validate the thesis of Eurabia.
One of the documents Bat Ye'or was kind enough to send me (which she mentions in the
French version of her book about Eurabia but not in the English version) is the Common
Strategy of the European Council - Vision of the EU for the Mediterranean Region, from
June 19th 2000.
It includes many recommendations, such as:
"to elaborate partnership-building measures, notably by promoting regular consultations
and exchanges of information with its Mediterranean partners, support the interconnection
of infrastructure between Mediterranean partners, and between them and the EU, take all
necessary measures to facilitate and encourage the involvement of civil society as well as
the further development of human exchanges between the EU and the Mediterranean
partners. NGOs will be encouraged to participate in cooperation at bilateral and regional
levels. Particular attention will be paid to the media and universities [my emphasis]."
It also includes the goal of assisting the Arab partners with "the process of achieving free
trade with the EU." This may be less innocent than it sounds, as I will come back to later.
The Strategy also wants to "pursue, in order to fight intolerance, racism and xenophobia,
the dialogue between cultures and civilisations." Notice that this statement preceded
both the start of the second Palestinian intifada as well as the terror attacks of
September 11th 2001. It was thus part of an ongoing process, rather than a response to
any particular international incident.
One point in the document is particularly interesting. The EU wanted to "promote the
identification of correspondences between legal systems of different inspirations in order
to resolve civil law problems relating to individuals: laws of succession and family law,
In plain English, it is difficult to see this bureaucratic obfuscation as anything other than
an indicator that the EU countries will be lenient, adjusting their secular legislation to the
sharia requirements of Muslim immigrants in family matters.
In another document from December 2003, which is available online, Javier Solana, the
Secretary General of the Council of the European Union, Romano Prodi, President of the
European Commission and Chris Patten, member of the European Commission, have
signed a plan for "Strengthening the EU's Partnership with the Arab World."
This includes the creation of a free trade area, but also plans to "invigorate
cultural/religious/civilisation and media dialogue using existing or planned instruments,
including the planned Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue of Cultures and
Arab immigrants make a substantial contribution to the development of Europe. The EU
is firmly committed to fight all manifestations of racism and discrimination in all its
forms. [What constitutes discrimination? Secular laws?] Full respect for the rights of
immigrants in Europe is a consistent policy throughout Europe. Its implementation should
be improved further and co-operation in the framework of existing agreements should be
enhanced to take into account the concerns of Arab partners."
Super-Eurocrat Romano Prodi wants more cooperation with Arab countries. He talks
about a free trade zone with the Arab world, but this implies that Arab countries would
enjoy access to the four freedoms of the EU's inner market, which includes the free
movement of people across national borders. This fact, the potentially massive
implications of establishing an "inner market" with an Arab world with a booming
population growth, is virtually NEVER debated or even mentioned in European media. Yet
it could mean the end of Europe as we once knew it.
Another statement  from the "Sixth Euro-Med Ministerial Conference: reinforcing and
bringing the Partnership forward" in Brussels, 28 November 2003, makes the intention of
this internal Euro-Mediterranean market:
"This initiative offers the EU's neighbouring partners, in exchange for tangible political and
economic reforms, gradual integration into the expanded European internal market and the
possibility of ultimately reaching the EU's four fundamental freedoms: free movement of
goods, services, capital and people [my emphasis]. Ministers are also expected to back
the Commission's proposal1 to set up a Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue of
Cultures, a Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly."
In June 2006, then newly elected Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi stated that :
"It's time to look south and relaunch a new policy of cooperation for the Mediterranean."
Prodi was outlining a joint Italian-Spanish initiative which sought to provide countries
facing the Mediterranean with "different" political solutions from those offered in the
Euro-Mediterranean partnership. The prime minister then explained that the Barcelona
Process - whose best known aspect is the creation of a free trade zone by 2010 - was no
longer sufficient and a new different approach was needed. "The countries on the
southern shores of the Mediterranean expect that from us" he added.
Notice how Prodi, whom Bat Ye'or has identified as a particularly passionate Eurabian,
referred to what the Arabs expected from European leaders. He failed to say whether or
not there was great excitement among Europeans over the prospect of an even freer flow
of migrants from Arab countries and Turkey, which is what will result from this "Euro-
Mediterranean free trade zone."
During the Euro-Mediterranean mid-term Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Dublin
in May 2004 , the participants declared that:
"Work is now in progress to develop an agreed view on relations with the area which
extends from Mauritania to Iran - the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The [European]
Union has proposed to include Mediterranean partners in the European Neighbourhood
The EU can offer a more intensive political dialogue and greater access to EU programmes
and policies, including their gradual participation in the four freedoms particularly the
Single Market, as well as reinforced co-operation on justice and home affairs."
Again, exactly what does "co-operation on justice and home affairs" with Egypt, Syria
and Algeria mean? I don't know, but I'm not sure whether I will like the answer.
The Barcelona declaration  from 1995 encouraged "contacts between
parliamentarians" and invited the European Parliament, with other Parliaments, to launch
"the Euro-Mediterranean parliamentary dialogue." In March 2004, this was converted into
a specific institution called The Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, EMPA (pdf)
. During the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference in Crete in May 2003, the
Ministers included a provision which envisaged the consultative role the Parliamentary
Assembly will play within the framework of the Barcelona process.
EU Commissioner Chris Patten has reiterated the European Commission's readiness to
co-operate fully with the Assembly, giving the Assembly the right to comment on any
subject of interest to the Euro-Arab Dialogue.
The Assembly consists of 120 members from EU countries, both members of national
parliaments and of the European Parliament, and an equal number of representatives
from the Parliaments of the Mediterranean partner countries.
Like most Europeans, I hadn't even heard about this institution before coming across it
during an Internet search. However, it is apparently going to influence the future of my
entire continent. This set-up leaves me with some questions. When we know that these
"Mediterranean partner countries" include non-democratic Arab countries such as Syria,
isn't it disturbing that representatives from these countries should participate in a
permanent institution with consultative powers over the internal affairs of the European
Union? Especially when we know that our own, democratically elected national
parliaments have already been reduced to the status of "consultation" with unelected
federal EU lawmakers in Brussels?
The Algiers Declaration  for a Shared Vision of the Future was made after a Congress
held in Algeria in February 2006. The document states that: "It is essential to create a
Euro-Mediterranean entity founded on Universal Values" and that "It is crucial to
positively emphasise all common cultural heritage, even if marginalised or forgotten." A
Common Action Plan draws up a large number of recommendations on how to achieve
this new Euro-Mediterranean entity. Among these recommendations are:
Adapt existing organisations and the contents of media to the objectives of the North-
South dialogue, and set up a Euro-Mediterranean journalism centre
Set up a network jointly managed by the Mediterranean partners in order to develop "a
harmonised education system" [A "harmonised education system" between the Arab
world and Europe? What does that include? Do I want to know? Will they tell us before
it is a fait accompli?]
Facilitate the transfer of know-how between the EU countries and the Mediterranean
partner nations and "encourage the circulation of individuals"
Prepare action and arguments in support of facilitating the mobility of individuals,
especially of students, intellectuals, artists, businessmen "and all conveyors of
Set up Ministries responsible for Mediterranean affairs in countries of the North and of
the South [Europe and the Arab world, in Eurocrat newspeak], in order to benefit from
a better management of Mediterranean policy;
Train teachers and exchange students between the North and the South and set up a
network of Euro-Mediterranean Youth clubs
Establish a "civil watchdog" anti-defamation observatory (with an Internet tool and a
legal help network), to cope with racist remarks and the propagation of hate towards
people of different religion, nationality or ethnical background
These agreements, completely rewriting European history books to make them more
Islam-friendly, and gradually silencing "Islamophobia" as racism, are being implemented
Walter Schwimmer, the Austrian diplomat and Secretary General of the Council of Europe
from 1999 to 2004, told foreign ministers at the Islamic conference in Istanbul (June15th
2004) that the Islamic component is an integral part of Europe's diversity. He reaffirmed
the commitment of the Council of Europe to work against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism
and other forms of intolerance.
The Council was also actively involved in the co-organisation of a Conference on the
Image of Arab-Islamic culture in European history textbooks, which took place in Cairo in
December 2004. The event was held within the framework of the Euro-Arab Dialogue
''Learning to Live together.''  The aim of the conference was to examine negative
stereotyping in the image of Arab-Islamic culture presented in existing history textbooks,
and to discuss ways to overcome this stereotyping.
In the European Parliament, the German Christian Democrat Hans-Gert Pöttering 
stated that school textbooks should be reviewed for intolerant depictions of Islam by
experts overseen by the European Union and Islamic leaders. He said textbooks should
be checked to ensure they promoted European values without propagating religious
stereotypes or prejudice. He also suggested that the EU could co-operate with the 56-
nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference to create a textbook review committee.
In June 2005 in Rabat , Morocco, a conference was held on "Fostering Dialogue
among Cultures and Civilisations." The Conference was jointly organised by UNESCO, the
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO), the Organisation of
the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific
Organisation (ALECSO), the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (DCCD) and the
Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures
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