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Global Europe 09-02-2016

Israeli NGOs receiving EU funds targeted by new bill

A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament yesterday (8 February) with the support of right-wing parties.
Agriculture & Food 19-01-2016

EU defends decision to label goods made in Israeli settlements

The European Union reinforced on Monday (18 January) its position that products made in Israeli settlements must be clearly labelled in Europe, despite growing tensions with Israel over the issue, but stressed that the bloc opposes any boycott of the Jewish state.
Med & South 15-01-2016

Netanyahu deplores bad EU relations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the European Union yesterday (14 January) of holding his country to a double standard, and reserved special criticism for Sweden, saying its call to investigate Israel was outrageous, immoral and stupid.
Global Europe 11-12-2015

Greek parliament to recognise Palestine amid opposition concerns

The Syriza-led Greek parliament will vote on 22 December to recognise the Palestinian state, triggering nervous reactions among centre-right opposition parties. EurActiv Greece reports.
Med & South 01-12-2015

Time to transform the Eastern Mediterranean

The massive resources available in the Eastern Mediterranean offer the prospect of employment and stability. The pursuit of common interests could unlock enormous untapped potential in the region, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.
Global Europe 30-11-2015

Israel partly severs diplomatic ties with EU over labelling row

Israel said on Sunday (29 November) it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labelling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Syria for dummies

France has a long colonial history in Syria that has been largely ignored in the coverage of the Paris attacks, writes Joel Schalit.
Global Europe 12-11-2015

Why EU guidelines on Israeli settlements are welcome

EU guidelines on the "indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967" are a long overdue step forward, writes MEP Alyn Smith.
Global Europe 04-11-2015

EU decision to boycott settlement products will hurt Palestinian jobs

The EU decision to adopt new labeling on Israel's settlement products is perceived as an act of discrimination which will not help the diplomatic process, writes Yossi Lempkowicz.
Global Europe 04-11-2015

Israel to EU: Labelling products harms peace hopes

Israel denounced a European Union proposal Tuesday (3 November) to label products from Jewish settlements, saying it would damage the peace process with the Palestinians.
Global Europe 16-10-2015

Revitalising the Middle East Quartet post-Blair?

As the Middle East Quartet comes back to life, the EU must allow its member states to play an active role in the informal international group, to promote peace in the region, writes Nimrod Goren.

Commission lauds Jordan for bringing Middle East scientists together

Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas said yesterday (13 October) that one of the best project in the world in terms of science diplomacy was the particle accelerator SESAME in Amman, Jordan, launched in 2003 under the auspices of UNESCO.
Med & South 12-10-2015

EU calls for restraint as some see a third Intifada start

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday (11 October) and stressed that any reaction to a latest escalation of violence should be proportionate.
Med & South 31-08-2015

Eni announces discovery of huge gas field off Egypt’s coast

Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world's largest natural gas fields off Egypt's coast.

MEPs denounce EU funding of Israeli defence firms

MEPs have called for tighter controls on European financing of Israeli companies. Lax regulation currently allows weapons manufacturers access to EU funding. EurActiv France reports
Energy 08-06-2015

Consortium declares Cyprus gas find commercially viable

Cyprus announced on Sunday that offshore reserves in its Aphrodite gas field have been pronounced commercially exploitable, the first such development in four years of energy exploration.
Med & South 28-05-2015

Blair steps down as Middle East envoy

Former British premier Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organisation said yesterday (27 May), after eight years of struggling to break ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Europe's East 26-05-2015

SOCAR: It is impossible to stop the Southern Gas Corridor

To imagine that a project like Turkish Stream could ruin the Southern Gas Corridor is complete nonsense. Unlike the Gazprom project, the Southern Gas Corridor is about billions of dollars already being invested, Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy Vice President of SOCAR told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Digital 18-05-2015

Europe's digital start-ups need swift DSM strategy

The EU can take responsibility for changing the overall business environment for digital start-ups and infuse a more entrepreneurial mind-set throughout Europe, writes Kaya Taner.
Global Europe 14-04-2015

Russia to deliver missiles to Iran, and open oil-for-goods business

Russia paved the way Monday (13 April) for missile system deliveries to Iran, and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran.
Global Europe 03-04-2015

Syriza supports recognising Palestine

The Greek government is committed to recognising Palestine, said Syriza MEP Sofia Sakorafa. EurActiv Greece reports.
Global Europe 18-03-2015

EU congratulates Netanyahu, hopes to relaunch peace process

The European Union congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his election victory Wednesday (18 March), but added it was committed to relaunching the Middle East peace process, which he appeared to repudiate during the campaign.

Merkel pledges protection for Jews in Germany

In the wake of the terror attacks in Copenhagen, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on European Jews to emigrate to Israel, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged protection for Jews in Germany. EurActiv Germany reports.

Jewish members 'left out' of Germany's new anti-Semitism commission

Jewish associations are criticising the composition of a new anti-Semitism commission in Germany’s Internal Affairs Ministry, made up entirely of non-Jews. But the Ministry responded it is “quite confident” it will be able to make the group more inclusive. EurActiv Germany reports.