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.