Moroccan ambassador says EU has failed on integration

(AGI) Rome, Jan 16 - Morocco's ambassador to Rome, HassanHabouyoub, said the European Union has failed in its attemptsat integration and must change its policies. "Europe cannotcontinue to be closed off and it cannot become a fortress. Sofar all of its policies to integrate diverse cultures have beenwrong and these are the results", he stated in an interviewfollowing the signing of an agreement between AGI and Moroccanpress agency MAP in Rome. "Europe and its single states don'thave a project to integrate different cultural realities", hesaid on Friday, a week after the

(AGI) Rome, Jan 16 - Morocco's ambassador to Rome, HassanHabouyoub, said the European Union has failed in its attemptsat integration and must change its policies. "Europe cannotcontinue to be closed off and it cannot become a fortress. Sofar all of its policies to integrate diverse cultures have beenwrong and these are the results", he stated in an interviewfollowing the signing of an agreement between AGI and Moroccanpress agency MAP in Rome. "Europe and its single states don'thave a project to integrate different cultural realities", hesaid on Friday, a week after the terrorist attack in Paris."The integration process in France has never obtained concreteresults", he commented, also criticising the British model:despite the UK being "the philosophical champion ofintegration, it has not managed to create space formulticultural expression", he stated. "Italy can play animportant role in the framework of European policies for theMediterranean, which should be extended to include all ofAfrica and eastern Europe, from the Gulf of Guinea to theCaspian Sea", Habouyoub said. "Morocco has a history of peacewith Italy", he noted, recalling the commercial agreements thatwere already in place at the time of the Republic of Venice."This is why we view your country as an ally with whom miraclescan be achieved in terms of governance between the North andSouth". The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed betweenAGI's CEO, Gianni di Giovanni, and the general manager of MAP,Khalil Hachim Idrissi, entails collaboration on editorialproduction in terms of primary information, integrated andmultimedia communication, and professional training. .