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How to become a successful ‘tech-nation’ from scratch

Location: Israel

Global Europe 07-10-2016

Middle East expert: 'Syrian war is only going to get bloodier', 'no end in sight'

The conflict in Syria is only going to get worse. Middle East expert Günther Meyer explained to EurActiv's partner Wirtschaftswoche why Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad must stay in power , how the US is primarily to blame and why a no-fly zone would be ineffective.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

German-led 'Scramble for Iran' underway, slowed by fearful banks

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has embarked on a visit to Iran in order to promote German businesses and start working towards an opening up of the country. But many experts still doubt whether his "change through trade" mantra will bear fruit. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 28-09-2016

EU leaders pay tribute as Shimon Peres dies at 93

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini lead tributes Wednesday (28 September) to Shimon Peres, one of the biggest figures in Israeli history, who died aged 93.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

EU open to removing FARC from terrorist blacklist

The European Union could remove Colombian guerilla movement FARC from its list of known terrorists, pending the signing of the peace agreement between the group and the country's government. EurActiv Spain reports.
Security 23-09-2016

EU court recommends removal of Tamil Tigers and Hamas from terrorist list

The European Union's top court took a step toward confirming the removal of Hamas, as well as the Tamil Tigers, from an EU terrorism blacklist despite protestations from Israel and the Sri Lankan government.
Elections 05-09-2016

A letter to Angela Merkel from a Berlin Jew

Alternative für Deutschland’s startling second-place in Sunday’s election in Mecklenburg-Pomerania (4 September) has sent shockwaves throughout Germany. The consequences are particularly concerning for the country’s minorities. Joel Schalit writes to Angela Merkel about how to repair the damage.
Development Policy 30-08-2016

Aid NGO calls for transparency in Hamas 'donations' trial

One of the world biggest development NGOs is locked in a battle with Israel over opening up the trial of one of its employees accused of siphoning off donations to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Lamy: Declustering policies will alleviate tensions with the EU’s neighbours

Changing geopolitics in Europe’s neighbourhood, to the east and in the south, call for a further declustering of a number of policies, going beyond bilateral trade agreements and security measures, Pascal Lamy, former Commissioner and WTO chief told

Israel bulldozes EU-funded Palestinian homes

Twenty-seven Palestinians were left homeless on Tuesday (9 August) after Israel razed five structures in the West Bank, three of had been funded by the European Union.

Netanyahu criticises European 'support' for anti-Israel groups

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday (31 July) said his government was looking into support from European nations for groups engaged in what he described as anti-Israel activities, specifically mentioning France.
Security 28-07-2016

Commission creating more risk of money laundering, not less

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.
Global Europe 27-07-2016

EU, US slam new Israeli settlement plans as 'provocative and counterproductive'

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
Security 18-07-2016

Nice through Israeli eyes

As though on cue, Israelis are always quick to offer advice to Western allies following an Islamist terrorist attack. After Nice, News Editor Joel Schalit muses on why they do it, and what can be really learned from Israel.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

Israel approves hundreds of new settler homes after attacks

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.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Quartet: Israel settlements and Palestinian incitement must stop

Israel should stop building settlements and the Palestinians should cease incitement to violence, the Middle East diplomatic quartet said in a much-awaited report Friday aimed at reviving peace talks.
Global Europe 29-06-2016

Turkey, Israel sign deal to normalise ties after six years

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.
Global Europe 24-06-2016

Post-Colonial Brexit Blues

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.
Energy 21-06-2016

Offshore gas seen as game changer in Israel-Turkey relations

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.

Israeli water chief: 'You must talk to neighbours to avoid climate change conflicts'

Israel is one of the world leaders in water desalination. But now it faces a new challenge - climate change. spoke with the Deputy Director General of Israel's Water and Sewage Authority, Oded Fixler.
Energy 08-06-2016

Putin says South Stream, Turkish Stream still on the table

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.
Energy 26-05-2016

Cyprus will develop offshore gas irrespective of reunification

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).
Global Europe 05-04-2016

EU asked to recognise Palestine and boycott illegal Israeli products

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”.
Global Europe 29-02-2016

EU ambassador depicted as Hannibal Lecter in Israeli settler video

Israel has condemned a video by a group of settlers that depicts the European Union's ambassador wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask and accuses him of trying to establish a "terror state".
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Digital 26-02-2016

How to become a successful ‘tech-nation’ from scratch

SPECIAL REPORT / Amid global concerns about economic growth, countries without natural resources like Estonia or Israel have converted technology into their main source of prosperity.