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26/09/2016

Democratisation in the neighbourhood: noble declarations and unavoidable dilemmas

Location: Middle East


Global Europe 22-08-2016

New geopolitical crises demand a more dynamic EU neighbourhood policy

As divisions in Europe are hardening under the pressure of the biggest flow of refugees since WWII, experts are making the case to adjust the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), so that it’s ready to adapt and make the bloc resilient to rapid geopolitical changes.
Development Policy 31-03-2016

How Europe can help Iraq’s economic development

The European Union can play a role in the stabilisation of Iraq that could contribute to economic growth and peace while helping stem migration flows from the region, writes Dr. Theodore Karasik.
01-03-2016

Refugee crisis tops list of concerns for EU citizens

European citizens see the migration crisis as the biggest threat to the EU, ahead of the threat of terrorism, a recent survey has found. Climate change has been pushed to the bottom of the pile. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 01-02-2016

Refugees in Middle East 'need jobs and schooling' to ease migration crisis

Europe will resolve its migration crisis only by giving people fleeing the Middle East new reasons to stay there, such as legitimate jobs, schooling and a future, the UK’s international development secretary has said.
Global Europe 29-01-2016

Will the Parliament support Christians in the Middle East?

Islamic State has perpetrated some of the most fearsome acts of the War on Terror. On Wednesday (3 February), the European Parliament will vote on a resolution that seeks to class their brutality as genocide, writes Lars Adaktusson.

German Jews fear rising anti-Semitism during refugee influx

Ethnic Germans are responsible for the vast majority of anti-Semitic crimes in Germany. But the country's growing Jewish population fears being targeted by Muslim refugees arriving from the Middle East.
Global Europe 26-01-2016

S&D appoints Special Representative for EU Muslims

Socialists & Democrats chief Gianni Pittella has appointed UK MEP Afzal Khan (Labour) as his Special Representative to Muslim Communities. EurActiv Greece reports.

Commission mulls ‘Juncker Plan’ for the EU’s southern neighbours

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission is considering a ‘Juncker Plan’ to support the Southern Mediterranean region, in order to cut the high number of refugees arriving in Europe, the First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told EurActiv.
Energy 19-01-2016

Spain seizes on end of Iran's sanctions with plan for joint refinery

Iran and Spain are discussing the construction of an Iranian-owned oil refinery at the Gibraltar strait, the Spanish foreign minister said on Monday, a day after sanctions against the economically isolated Islamic republic were lifted.
Global Europe 18-01-2016

Another tough year ahead for the EU

If the EU can overcome its many internal problems in 2016, especially the refugee and UK issues, then it will be able to make a greater impact in the external field, writes Fraser Cameron.

Christians in Middle East have a 'vocation' to stay

The violence and terror of IS has effectively driven all Christians and Yazidis from their homes in Iraq. To stay in the Middle East or not - that’s the most pressing question for refugees in the region, writes Benoit Lanoo.
Med & South 23-10-2015

Forensic experts: Cyprus project can help Middle East peace

A unique project to exhume and identify human remains from violent events in the 1960s and the 1970s in Cyprus could be replicated in many places in the Middle East, representatives of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) said.
Development Policy 12-10-2015

Conflict drives 'unacceptable' figure of 795 million people facing hunger

Levels of hunger in the developing world have fallen by nearly one third since 2000. But an “unacceptably high” number of people still do not have enough to eat, largely due to the spread of armed conflicts, this year’s global hunger index warns.
Med & South 30-09-2015

Putin strikes Syria following vote

The United States believes that Russia has started carrying out air strikes in Syria in the vicinity of Homs, a US official told Reuters on Wednesday (30 September), adding that Moscow gave the United States a one-hour advanced notice of its operations.
Global Europe 03-09-2015

Immigration to Germany in 2014 at highest level in two decades

Net immigration into Germany last year hit its highest level since 1992, the Statistics Office said on Thursday (3 September), with expectations that figure will rise this year to 800,000.
Development Policy 19-06-2015

Bahrain: Putting the EU's human rights policies into practice

The EU can help improve the human rights situation in the Persian Gulf, writes Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.

EU ministers back Mediterranean naval mission, reject migrant quotas

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.
Africa 13-04-2015

Italy picks up another 700 boat migrants

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).
Med & South 26-02-2015

Does diversification of supply routes really deliver energy security?

Simply diversifying energy supply routes does not necessarily guarantee energy security, writes Luca Bergamaschi after the European Commission published its plans for Energy Union.
Europe's East 01-09-2014

New EU trio is now complete, what next?

New EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini face hard times, and deserve our support, writes Fraser Cameron.
Sustainable Dev. 20-06-2014

An unsustainable refugee crisis

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.
Global Europe 22-08-2013

EU urges ‘immediate’ probe on Syria chemical attack

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.

EU adds Hezbollah's military wing to its terrorist list

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.
Europe's East 20-05-2011

Democratisation in the neighbourhood: noble declarations and unavoidable dilemmas

Katarzyna Pe?czy?ska-Na??cz analyzes the unavoidable dilemmas that prevent the EU from consistently applying its democratic values in its relations with its neighbourhood.