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Poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nazrallah, who has for years stayed in hiding out of fear of an Israeli strike (Photo: looking4poetry)

Lebanon crisis raises risk of conflict on EU's southern fringe

The threat of a fresh and potentially contagious Middle East conflict has sharply increased after the collapse of the Lebanese government. But EU structures can do little to influence the situation.

The crisis unfolded on Wednesday (12 January) when 10 ministers linked to the militant Shia Muslim group Hezbollah and another minister quit the coalition government, forcing its demise. Hezbollah took the step in protest that Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a pro-Western Sunni Muslim, is givin...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nazrallah, who has for years stayed in hiding out of fear of an Israeli strike (Photo: looking4poetry)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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