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24/05/2016

EU campaign to counter Russian propaganda asks MEPs for help

Topic: European External Action Service


EU to train Libyan coast guard to fight refugee smuggling

The European Union agreed yesterday (23 May) to broaden the mandate of its naval mission to combat refugee smuggling off Libya by agreeing to train the Libyan coast guard and navy.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little.  
Global Europe 20-05-2016

EU to Thailand : ‘Free and fair elections’ or face consequences

Senior MEPs have warned the military junta ruling Thailand that the country must return to “free and fair elections” or risk the future of all EU-Thailand relations.
Development Policy 20-05-2016

Citizen reporters: Trying to tell world about the conflict in Burundi

12 months on from the beginning of a violent political crisis in Burundi, a group of local activists have expanded their project to monitor and respond to conflict, writes Kevin McCann.
Global Europe 19-05-2016

EU increases sanctions on North Korea

The European Union on Thursday (19 May)  beefed up sanctions against North Korea over nuclear and ballistic missile tests carried out in defiance of United Nations resolutions.

EU naval mission 'failing' to stop people smuggling, says UK parliamentary report

The European Union's maritime mission to combat people trafficking off the Libyan coast is "failing" and has only succeeded in forcing smugglers to change their tactics, a British parliamentary report said Friday.
Global Europe 12-05-2016

Thailand’s human rights record under UN spotlight ahead of EU visit

Thailand’s human rights record under the military junta was in the dock Wednesday (11 May) at the United Nations Human Rights Council – ahead of a visit next week by EU parliamentarians to the country.
Development Policy 25-04-2016

What can the EU do at the World Humanitarian Summit for children?

The World Humanitarian Summit takes places in Istanbul on 23-24 May. With the EU as one of the world's largest humanitarian donors, it can be a real 'game-changer', writes Marco Nardin.
Global Europe 19-04-2016

Mogherini demands investigation into fate of Gambia opposition activist

The EU foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, has demanded an urgent investigation from the Gambian authorities after a leading opposition activist was arrested – with Amnesty International reporting he has already died in police custody.
Global Europe 18-04-2016

EU to discuss 'concrete' support in video-link with Libya

European Union ministers will discuss "concrete" economic and security projects to back Libya's new unity government as a bulwark against Islamic State group and migrant surges to Europe.
Global Europe 05-04-2016

EU asked to recognise Palestine and boycott illegal Israeli products

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah yesterday (4 April) called upon the European Union to recognise the State of Palestine and to boycott Israeli products “produced in illegal Israeli settlements”.
Global Europe 25-03-2016

EU readies for massive migration flows from Libya

EU leaders will discuss the critical situation in Libya and potential waves of immigrants trying to reach Europe on 18 April, EurActiv Greece has been informed.
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Trade & Society 18-03-2016

Thailand: The military junta answers its critics

SPECIAL REPORT / The military junta in Thailand says it understands the concerns raised in Europe over the constitution drafting process currently underway but says the regime intends to stick to its roadmap for a return to democracy, with elections scheduled in 2017. "The government has no desire to stay in power longer than necessary," says Sek Wannamethee, a government spokesperson.
Development Policy 17-03-2016

Bangladeshi dissident: 'EU must help end enforced disappearances'

Adilur Rahman Khan, a leading lawyer and human rights activist in Bangladesh, is now facing the possibility of a lengthy jail term for "defaming the state".
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Trade & Society 17-03-2016

MEP Langen: Thai junta must 'guarantee free and fair elections in 2017'

SPECIAL REPORT / The draft of a new constitution and democratic elections in 2017 will be the benchmark for the European Union's relations with Thailand, said MEP Werner Langenin an interview with EurActiv.com.
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Trade & Society 16-03-2016

Thailand's economy: Free trade, fishing and fruit industries in the spotlight

SPECIAL REPORT / As the Royal Thai Army plotted its coup against the democratically-elected government in May 2014, Thailand was the second largest economy in ASEAN, and stood on the brink of signing a landmark Free Trade Agreement with the EU.
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Trade & Society 15-03-2016

Thailand: The ‘police state’ behind the tourist paradise

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Union is watching closely as the military junta currently in power in Bangkok comes under accusation of a multitude of human rights violations.
Global Europe 14-03-2016

Mogherini: Iran missile tests don't breach nuclear deal

Iran's recent ballistic missile tests are not in violation of its nuclear deal and the European Union is not considering sanctions at this stage, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday (14 March), at the end of a Foreign Affairs Council which also saw the bloc's 28 foreign ministers discuss Libya.
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Trade & Society 14-03-2016

Thailand's rocky road back to democracy

SPECIAL REPORT / Late last year, the chairs of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the head of its ASEAN delegation, issued an invitation to deposed Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to come to Brussels to address MEPs on the state of democracy in her country.
Global Europe 11-03-2016

EU and Cuba sign deal to normalise ties

The EU and Cuba signed a deal Friday to normalise relations, including a deal on the delicate issue of human rights - a breakthrough just ahead of US President Barack Obama's historic visit to the island.
Digital 19-02-2016

EU campaign to counter Russian propaganda asks MEPs for help

The head of the EU's five-month-old project to counter Russian propaganda online is appealing to MEPs for help to spread information about the EU.