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Global Europe 27-06-2017

Germany brands Arab states’ Qatar demands ‘very provocative’

A list of 13 demands submitted by four Arab states to Qatar as a condition to lift their boycott on the Gulf country is "very provocative" because some items challenge Doha's sovereignty, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday (26 June).

Development Policy 27-06-2017

Time to move to an interest-driven Africa-EU political partnership

Geert Laporte proposes eight measures for Europe and Africa to build the strong partnership that everyone seems to want. But is everyone willing to support the tough decisions that these measures would entail?

Development Policy 27-06-2017

WFP chief urges EU to step up funds for Africa famine

The UN food agency's director urged the European Union on Monday (26 June) to help raise the $1 billion needed over the next few months to save hundreds of thousands of children from starving to death in Yemen and three African countries.

Politics 22-06-2017

German parliament backs plans to withdraw troops from Turkey

Germany's parliament yesterday (21 June) approved the planned withdrawal of troops from the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey after Ankara's refusal to allow German lawmakers access to its soldiers there.

Politics 21-06-2017

Juncker praises Tsipras following Weber jibe

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (20 June) that he fully trusts Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras, after Manfred Weber said Tsipras "belongs to the past".

Global Europe 20-06-2017

World Refugee Day inspires calls to EU leaders ahead of summit

The UN's World Refugee Day is held every year on 20 June. This year, politicians and NGOs issued messages to EU leaders ahead of a summit on 22-23 June, which will partly focus on measures to stem the migration flow on the Central Mediterranean route.

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).

Global Europe 16-06-2017

EU tight-lipped on Kurdish referendum

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region last week announced it would hold a referendum on independence, in a move the government in Baghdad will strongly oppose. EU ministers on Monday (19 June) are expected to express support for the territorial integrity of Iraq.

Politics 15-06-2017

Libya, a smuggling hypermarket

Powerless against the disarray and growing anarchy that spreads around smuggling - of oil, gasoline, weapons and people - Hasan Dhawadi, mayor of the Libyan city of Sabratha, raised the alarm.

Spain’s handling of the Cayuco boat crisis

Almost a decade before the deaths of 360 people in a shipwreck in Lampedusa, Italy, shook the world's collective conscience about migration in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands - another southern European border - faced a similar challenge.

Rome’s 5 Star mayor calls to halt migrants’ flow into city

Rome's scandal-plagued Mayor, Virginia Raggi, a prominent member of the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, has asked the government not to send any more asylum seekers to the capital, saying it is already groaning under the strain.

EU opens sanctions procedure against Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic over refugees

The EU launched legal action yesterday (13 June) against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

Global Europe 08-06-2017

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Sent out every Friday at noon, TEE gives you an insider's view of the most important coverage from across the Euractiv Media Network, its Media Partners and much more. Read and connect the local to the global in European politics.

Enlargement 08-06-2017

Berlin Plus: EU signals Western Balkans still a priority

Sigmar Gabriel hopes his new Berlin Plus plan will receive a warm welcome. Intended to dispel fears in the Western Balkans that the Union is preoccupied with domestic crises, Belgrade worries Berlin Plus is an excuse to leave Serbia in the "EU waiting room". EURACTIV.rs reports.

Enlargement 08-06-2017

Croatia to build bridge around Bosnia

Croatia will move forward with building a bridge linking the two parts of its Adriatic coastline, which should cut travel times for tourists, after the EU on Wednesday (7 June) approved €357 million euros in financing.

Global Europe 07-06-2017

EU reassures Turkey over its €3bn refugee package

The EU's €3billion package to help refugees in Turkey will have been fully assigned to projects by the end of the year, the bloc's envoy said Tuesday (6 June).

Global Europe 06-06-2017

Qatar: a testament of Saudi weakness

The recent diplomatic row proves that Riyadh is struggling to maintain Arab unity, writes Kamran Bokhari.

Global Europe 06-06-2017

Saudi and allies cut Qatar ties in diplomatic crisis

Saudi Arabia and several of its allies yesterday (5 June) cut relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to have hit the region in years.Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and the Maldives also severed ties with gas-rich Qatar, which Riyadh accused of supporting groups, including some backed …

Electricity 01-06-2017

Energy islands: Symbols of transformation and independence

Malta epitomises the value of islands in leading the transition to cleaner sources of energy, and ultimately in symbolising the potential for energy independence, writes Stuart Reigeluth.

Global Europe 31-05-2017

‘Bad EU policies’ force migrants to risk their lives

NGO Médecins du Monde has criticised the closure of the EU’s borders, which it says has forced more migrants to take the most dangerous routes to Europe, across the Mediterranean. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Enlargement 26-05-2017

Mogherini to Western Balkans: EU door remains open

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini held separate meetings with six prime ministers from the West Balkans in Brussels on Wednesday (on May 24). The talks come amid concerns over the possible rise of tensions in the Western Balkans. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Global Europe 22-05-2017

Italian mafia caught pocketing aid for refugees

Italian police last Monday (15 May) arrested 70 members of the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia syndicate, after the gang pocketed €35 million in public funds, with the help of a Catholic charity organisation. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Global Europe 18-05-2017

The story of an 18-year-old refugee from Iraq

Hassan was in Kirkuk when a bomb exploded in a nearby building. He was with some friends. They entered to see if they can help. A machine gun opened fire on them. His companions died. He is now 18 and calls Romania his home. Hassan spoke to EURACTIV.ro

Global Europe 18-05-2017

France, Germany resist US plan for bigger NATO role against Islamic State

France and Germany are resisting a plan by US officials for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in line with calls from President Donald Trump for the alliance to do more to combat terrorism.