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28/08/2016

UN authorises EU operation against Libya arms smuggling

People: Federica Mogherini


Development Policy 23-08-2016

Zimbabwe on brink of chaos as EU ponders 'fragile state' status

While the EU reviews whether Zimbabwe qualifies as a fragile state, there are worrying signs that the political situation is deteriorating on the ground, writes Tom Gillhespy.
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.
Global Europe 18-08-2016

EU calls for 'immediate halt' to Aleppo fighting

The European Union on Thursday (18 August) urged an "immediate halt" to fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo to allow medical and humanitarian aid to reach an estimated 1.5 million trapped civilians.
Security 17-08-2016

Tusk calls Russia’s account of Ukraine events 'unreliable'

EU Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday said he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko believed Russia's account of recent events in the strife-torn east of the country was "unreliable".
Global Europe 10-08-2016

Isn’t Turkey of interest to Europe?

European and Turkish leaders damaged relations between their countries following the near-coup in Turkey last month—and there are too many important policy issues at stake, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

EU vows to help France fight IS 'barbarity'

The head of the European Commission on Tuesday (26 July) pledged "Europe's solidarity and cooperation in the fight against barbarity", in a letter to French President François Hollande after a church attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
Europe's East 25-07-2016

Rebecca Harms: 'Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered'

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Trump’s NATO remarks rattle US establishment, allies

Foreign policy experts warned that the suggestion by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that he might abandon NATO's pledge to automatically defend all alliance members could destroy the organization and invite Russian aggression.
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Erdogan vows Turkish military shake-up as emergency rule takes hold

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed om Thursday (21 July) to restructure the military and give it "fresh blood" as emergency rule took hold in the NATO member country after last week's attempted coup.
Med & South 21-07-2016

‘Variable geometry’ to bind EU and Mediterranean countries

Faced with many challenges, from migration to terrorism, the EU and its Mediterranean partners must cooperate with pragmatism and variable geometry, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Fathallah Sijilmassi, said.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Former European Commissioners blast EU deals with Iran

Former Commissioners Karel de Gucht and Louis Michel have criticised European Union moves to strike business deals with Iran, urging EU institutions and member states to make them conditional on Tehran improving its dismal human rights record.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Turkey continues post-coup purge with over 7,000 arrests

The Turkish government is expected to continue its crackdown on suspected putschists today (19 July), while the US-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the coup attempt says he does not fear extradition.
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Kerry to embark on EU roadshow to promote TTIP

US Secretary of State John Kerry said today (18 July) that concluding the TTIP agreement before the end of President Barack Obama's term in office remains his country’s priority, and that he was going to tour EU countries to make this happen.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Mogherini on Turkey: 'No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty'

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stressed on Monday (18 July) that “no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty”, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that the country should reintroduce capital punishment after last week’s attempted coup.
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Spain promotes self as 'bridge' between continents at Mongolia summit

At the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo outlined the role of his country as a "bridge" between Asia and Latin America. EurActiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

Argentina says Falklands claim unchanged by Brexit

Argentinian President Mauricio Macri told EU leaders yesterday (4 July) that his country's claim to the Falkland Islands remains unchanged following Britain's vote to leave the EU.
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.
01-07-2016

EU set to spend €62 billion on Africa to tackle migration

The EU has made significant funds available for a migration partnership with African countries, so that asylum seekers can be intercepted before they reach the bloc's external borders. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Mogherini's new Global Strategy offers lighthouse for EU in uncertain waters

While all Europeans have become hostages of the Brexit talks, the Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini on Tuesday (28 June) offered a reassuring project for angry and worried European citizens, writes Damien Helly.      
Global Europe 28-06-2016

Mogherini’s global strategy moves beyond zero-sum game

Against growing internal and external threats, the new global strategy devised by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reinforces the soft power mantra and urges jettisoning the illusion that international politics can be a zero-sum game, EurActiv.com has learned.
UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Kerry urges European leaders not to take revenge for Brexit

John Kerry urged EU leaders today (27 June) not to “lose their heads” and take revenge on the United Kingdom, after its decision to quit the European Union.
Enlargement 21-06-2016

Turkish press campaigner arrests prompt EU criticism

Turkish authorities on Monday (20 June) arrested three prominent campaigners for press freedom, including the local representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda, human rights groups said.
Development Policy 16-06-2016

Theatre lessons from Sri Lanka on post-conflict reconciliation at EU Dev Days

The first fruits of the EU’s new “cultural strategy” for external relations was on show at the Development Days conference in Brussels on Wednesday (15 June), as a theatre troupe from both warring sides in Sri Lanka showed how working together could aid in post-conflict resolution.  
Global Europe 15-06-2016

UN authorises EU operation against Libya arms smuggling

The UN Security Council on Tuesday (14 June) approved an EU operation to intercept ships suspected of arms smuggling to Libya, moving to shore up Tripoli's unity government as it battles the Islamic State group.