The EU made a huge mistake in the first place when under pressure from the US government decided to sever contacts with Hamas. The Europeans who pried themselves as champions of democracy made an error when they announced Hamas a terrorist organisation. Hamas is gaining strength amongst Palestinians thanks to its welfare institutions and the integrity of its leaders who have never been implicated in any corruption scandal. There are many Palestinians who don?t share Hamas political platform nevertheless they are realistic enough to realise that Hamas can't be ignored as a political movement that represent almost 40% of Palestinians public opinion. I welcome the realisation of the EU of the strength of Hamas and the reopening of ties with the movement. After all the EU has links with the Sharon led government which is one of the most brutal and aggressive administration in the world today which make Hamas look angelic.
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from the article: Foreign Ministry protests EU contacts with Hamas officials