The recognition by the UK and several other EU countries of Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president is a welcome step in the diplomatic effort to increase pressure on the regime of Nicolás Maduro. With Venezuela suffering what Luis Almagro, secretary-general of the Organisation of American States, has described as the “most devastating humanitarian crisis our hemisphere has experienced”, most of the EU has now given its backing to Guaidó. European states have joined the co-ordinated approach by the US, Canada and the majority of Latin American countries after Maduro was inaugurated for a second six-year term. It is vital that efforts aimed at finding a solution to Venezuela’s crisis cover as broad a diplomatic front as possible. About 2-million Venezuelans of an official population of about 32-million are estimated by the UN to be living in exile, while those at home in what was once Latin America’s wealthiest country are faced with chronic shortages of food, water and medicine...

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