K.S. Rajan (29 Oct 2011)
"EU trip to Iran canceled amid international criticism"


 
 

BERLIN – A slated European Union lawmakers’ five-day trip to Iran in late October and early November was canceled on Wednesday. The controversial trip – which was organized by five lawmakers, including two German European members of parliament (EMP), Barbara Lochbieler and Kurt Lechner – faced intense criticism from fellow EMPs and Iranian dissidents.
Saba Farzan, a prominent German-Iranian expert on the Islamic Republic and EU-Iranian relations, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, “The planned Iran trip by a European delegation and an Iran event hosted by a think tank in Berlin reveals a major dilemma. Germany refuses to realize that isolation is important, that isolation works and that we need more isolation, including cutting diplomatic ties with one of the most brutal regimes of this world