The European Commission’s list-based attempt to strengthen and harmonise approaches to disrupting money laundering and terrorist financing is arguably creating greater vulnerabilities by ignoring countries that are not on the list that present a considerably more substantial risk, writes Tom Keatinge.
Brussels and Washington on Wednesday (27 July) slammed as "provocative" Israeli plans to build hundreds of new settlement homes in annexed east Jerusalem, saying they seriously undermined the prospect of peace with the Palestinians
As though on cue, Israelis are always quick to offer advice to Western allies following an Islamist terrorist attack. After Nice, EurActiv.com News Editor Joel Schalit muses on why they do it, and what can be really learned from Israel.
Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, an official said yesterday (4 July), in a move denounced by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and likely to further raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks.
Turkey and Israel signed a deal on Tuesday (28 June) to restore ties after a six-year rift, formalising an agreement which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said sent a “hopeful signal” for regional stability.
The anti-colonial rhetoric used by Brexit campaigners was uniquely familiar to surviving subjects of the British empire, and their children. Joel Schalit reflects on the memories it raised for him as an Israeli, and the son of one of the country's founding families.
The relations between Turkey and Israel have been marred since diplomatic relations broke down six years ago, after Israeli forces raided a Turkish ship bound for Gaza, killing 10 Turkish activists. But huge offshore gas discoveries in the Israeli and Cypriot economic zone have become a game changer.
Israel is one of the world leaders in water desalination. But now it faces a new challenge - climate change. EurActiv.com spoke with the Deputy Director General of Israel's Water and Sewage Authority, Oded Fixler.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (7 June) that Russia had not "definitively" canceled either the South Stream or Turkish Stream European gas export pipeline projects, but needed a clear position on them from Europe.
Cyprus will continue its project of developing offshore gas, keeping this dossier “completely separate” from the negotiations for the reunification of the island, the Cypriot Minister of Energy, Yorgos Lakkotrypis, said today (26 May).
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah yesterday (4 April) called upon the European Union to recognise the State of Palestine and to boycott Israeli products “produced in illegal Israeli settlements”.
The United States and Russia announced plans for a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria that would take effect on Saturday (27 February) but exclude groups such as Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front, a loophole Syrian rebels immediately highlighted as a problem.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council last month reaffirmed its policy of differentiating between products made in Israel, and those produced in settlements. By so doing, it upheld the principle underpinning in its labeling guidelines of November 2015, writes Mousa Jiryis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.