Explainer: Why did Europe’s parliament sanction Morocco?

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After years of silence, the European Parliament adopted last week an unfavourable text against the Moroccan state, calling on Rabat to free imprisoned journalists and preserve freedom of speech. This is the first time the European Parliament sanctioned the North African kingdom through a resolution. Even though the text is not binding, it led to a collective condemnation from the Moroccan parliament, including from opposition parties, which also calls for freeing prisoners of conscience. “We will continue to defend national sovereignty, rejecting foreign interference (…) as we renew the demand…

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