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16-08-2017

Rouhani: Iran could quit nuclear deal in ‘hours’ if new US sanctions imposed

Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday (15 August).

07-08-2017

Mogherini steals the show in Iran, warns US

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini confirmed on Saturday (5 August) the Union’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal and referring to the US, she urged “all parties” to implement it.

Global Europe 03-08-2017

EU says all parties sticking to Iran nuclear deal

All the parties to the Iran nuclear deal are abiding by its terms, the European Union said Thursday (3 August), despite Tehran's charges that new US sanctions breach the agreement.

31-07-2017

EU condemns Venezuela’s use of force in election, may not recognise results

The European Union condemned on Monday (31 July) what it said was excessive use of force by state troops in Venezuela and said it was unlikely to recognise results of elections on Sunday that were marred by deadly clashes.

Defence policy 11-07-2017

US deploys advanced anti-aircraft missiles in Baltics for first time

The United States deployed a battery of Patriot long-range anti-aircraft missiles in Lithuania to be used in NATO wargames from Tuesday (11 July) – the first time the advanced defence system has been brought to the Baltics where Russia has air superiority.

Global Europe 19-06-2017

EU considers Iraq security mission after Mosul falls

The European Union will consider sending a new security mission to help stabilise Iraq after the expected recapture of Mosul from Islamic State, EU foreign ministers said on Monday (19 June).

China 29-05-2017

The EU urgently needs to review its Human Rights Dialogue with China

The EU's well-meaning declarations on human rights in China must be followed up by a regular, high-level dialogue with Beijing. The degradation of human rights in Tibet must be systematically raised at each EU-China Summit, including the one planned in Brussels for 2 June, write a group of MEPs.

Africa 15-05-2017

Italy, Germany call for EU mission on Libya-Niger border

The German and Italian interior ministers have called for an EU mission to be installed on the border between Libya and Niger to stem migrant crossings to Europe.

Europe's East 03-05-2017

Romanian MEP calls for EU-funded anti-Russian propaganda project

Romanian MEP Siegfried Mureșan has proposed that the EU fund a project to the tune of €3 million aimed at combatting Russian propaganda on social media networks. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Freedom of thought 02-05-2017

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi rejects UN probe on Muslims during Brussels trip

Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday (2 May) rejected a decision by the UN's rights council to investigate allegations of crimes by Myanmar's security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims.

Development Policy 06-04-2017

Donors pledge billions at Syria aid conference, NGOs say too little

International donors yesterday (5 April) pledged $6.0 billion in aid for Syria this year at a conference overshadowed by a deadly chemical attack blamed by the West on Damascus.

The Presidency: Clear and present dangers
Politics 20-03-2017

The Presidency: Clear and present dangers

The enemy isn’t just at the gates. The enemy is within. Europe is facing multiple fronts in the battle to preserve peace and security for its citizens.

Europe's East 17-03-2017

Crimea annexation anniversary triggers reactions in US, EU

The US yesterday (16 March) condemned once again Russia's Crimea annexation, vowing to maintain sanctions until Moscow returns the Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine. The EU prolonged personal sanctions and the European Parliament passed a resolution supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Global Europe 06-02-2017

Colombia peace process: EU prioritises rehabilitation of child soldiers

Lasting peace is nearly within striking distance in Colombia. But now the question about what to do with the former child soldiers of the FARC guerilla group has been raised. The EU thinks it should be a priority. Euractiv Spain reports.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

Stop stopping the Libyan migrants: Start asking why they are coming

Today (3 February), EU leaders are discussing plans to stop people embarking from Libya from reaching Europe’s shores, the details of which seem unworkable, counterproductive and morally dubious, writes Imogen Sudbery.

Global Europe 02-02-2017

Libyan PM demands more EU money ahead of Malta summit

Libya’s western-backed prime minister has complained that his country is only receiving “very small amounts” from the EU, ahead of a key summit on the central Mediterranean migration route on Friday (3 February) in Malta.

Global Europe 01-02-2017

EU welcomes Morocco rejoining African Union

The European Union has welcomed a decision by African Union to readmit Morocco after 33 years of absence.

Med & South 30-01-2017

Turkey escalates tensions in the Aegean Sea by violating Greek borders

A Turkish warship yesterday (29 January) approached the small Greek island of Imia, reaching a distance of one nautical mile from the shore, triggering strong reactions from Greek authorities.

Global Europe 23-01-2017

How the arms industry is staging a European coup

The EU is increasingly taking a pro-military stance, as the arms lobby exercises more influence. The election of Antoni Tajani last week as European Parliament president means the arms industry's influence will grow further in the coming years, warns Bram Vranken.

Global Europe 16-01-2017

European leaders react to Trump bombshells

Europe should face Donald Trump with "confidence", German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Monday (16 January), after the US president-elect had predicted that more EU members would leave the bloc and charged that NATO was "obsolete".

Global Europe 12-01-2017

In Brussels, Merkel warns EU-US ties not ‘eternal’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the EU Thursday (12 January) it should not rely on "eternal" US support, as concern grows in Europe about Donald Trump's commitment to transatlantic ties.

Global Europe 11-01-2017

Christians recognised as most persecuted religious group worldwide

Around the world, Christians are being persecuted because of their faith. The European Parliament brought much-needed recognition to the victims of persecution and needs to follow up with concrete tools to protect religious groups worldwide, writes Adina Portaru.

Global Europe 04-01-2017

Israeli PM concerned about UN moves after planned Paris conference

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday (3 January) he hoped to stave off any possible moves at the UN Security Council against his government's policies following a Paris conference scheduled for later this month on Middle East peace.

Public Affairs 15-12-2016

Trump yet to speak to EU leader

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's spokesperson's service gave muddled accounts of the first trans-Atlantic conversation between their boss and America's new leadership.