Updated 4:10 PM
Sweden has apparently failed in its attempt to block renewal of the European Union’s controversial fisheries agreement with Morocco. EU government ambassadors agreed in Brussels Friday to extend the agreement for another year.
But ministers must give their approval next week.
Sweden was among the critics opposing the extension because it consolidates Morocco’s control over the disputed Western Sahara, and allows Morocco to sell the Sahara’s fishing rights. The debate on the issue has heated up as protests have spread against autocratic regimes in North Africa.