European Union foreign and defence ministers agreed on a naval mission on Monday (18 May) to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya. But parts of a broader plan to deal with the influx began to unravel in a row over national quotas for housing asylum seekers.
Italian ships have picked up almost 700 migrants in seven inflatable boats and further rescue operations are underway, as calm seas favoured departures from Libya for the Italian coast, the coast guard said on Sunday (12 April).
Few issues polarise public opinion more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whether it's Europe, or the United States, the problem is the same. One of the main reasons why is the ongoing crisis of what to do with the descendants of the 700,000 plus refugees, created by the first Arab-Israeli war, in 1948. Spread around the world, their numbers today exceed 5 million.
The European Union called for a "thorough and immediate" investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Syria after rebels said hundreds of people were killed on Wednesday (21 August) in a gas attack and shelling by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
The EU's 28 foreign ministers unanimously agreed today (22 July) to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organisations, but made it clear that it would maintain contact with all political parties in Lebanon, including the Hezbollah party, which is part of the country’s government.
The Arab upheavals present a unique opportunity for the EU, if only it can formulate a cohesive foreign policy firmly behind democratic forces, writes Tunne Kelam, an Estonian member of the European Parliament for the centre-right EPP group.
Events in Libya are different from those in Tunisia and Egypt and could eventually lead to civil war there, according to global intelligence company Stratfor. This could in turn have a profound impact on other countries in the region and affect the political stability of the whole Middle East, warns Stratfor in a commentary.
US President Barack Obama could turn to foreign policy as a way to claw back popularity after his mid-term election setback, which has left him weakened in domestic politics, Reuters writes in an analysis piece.
Israel should ease its Gaza blockade further and allow Palestinians to resume exports from the territory, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday (18 July) during a visit to the Hamas-controlled enclave.
Internal identity complexes explain Turkey's actions on the world stage, writes Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister and current vice-president of the Toledo International Centre for Peace.
Turkish President Abdullah Gül and France's State Secretary for Europe Pierre Lellouche spoke to EurActiv at an Istanbul conference, which appeared to be a dress rehearsal ahead of a 'make or break' visit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Turkey later this year.
About 15 people were killed today (31 May) when the Israeli navy intercepted ships carrying aid and pro-Palestinian activists toward the Gaza Strip. The bloodshed sparked strong reactions of condemnation from the European Commission, the European Parliament president and major political groups.
Israel has downgraded the level of meetings with a group of fifteen visiting MEPs as a result of their plan to hold talks tomorrow (27 May) in the Gaza strip, EurActiv has learned. Israel refuses to permit foreign officials to enter Gaza, explaining that such moves serve to legitimise Hamas.
Israel's plans to build new settlements in occupied East Jerusalem threaten the renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians, the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on 16 March.
For Israelis EU membership is a dream: a dream that may come true one day, Gadi Baltiansky of 'H.L. Education for Peace Ltd.', director-general of the Geneva Initiative for Israel, told EurActiv Slovakia in an interview.
Among the Palestinian public, attitudes to the European Union can be characterised as very positive, Nidal Foqaha of the Palestinian Peace Coalition, director-general of the Geneva Initiative for Palestine, told EurActiv Slovakia in an interview.
The European Union yesterday (22 February) condemned the use of fraudulent EU passports by the killers of a Palestinian militant in Dubai, indicating discontent with Israel without referring to the country directly. The Israeli foreign minister said Europeans had been watching "too many James Bond movies".