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05/12/2016

Disdain for EU from President Trump, tough love from President Clinton

Topic: European External Action Service


Development Policy 02-12-2016

Commission to Ethiopia: ‘Start addressing legitimate grievances of your people’

The European Commission issued a stinging rebuke to one of its lead partners on the African continent on Friday (2 December), telling the Ethiopian government to “start addressing the legitimate grievances of the Ethiopian people.”
Global Europe 01-12-2016

A turning point for EU relations with Latin America

Europe must strengthen its ties with Latin America to promote democracy, social progress and equality in the age of globalisation, write Ramón Jáuregui and Carlos Zorrinho.
UK & Europe 30-11-2016

Women top EurActiv’s ‘Power List’ of Top 50 Brexit influencers

Despite Britain’s referendum on the EU being called by a man, and both the Leave campaign and the Remain campaign being led by men, women now hold most of the cards when it comes to negotiating Brexit, a panel of experts for EurActiv.com has concluded.
Development Policy 29-11-2016

No EU observers at Gambia’s election

The former British colony of Gambia goes to the polls on Thursday (1 December) for an election which could see the defeat of incumbent Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled the tiny West African country for 22 years.
Global Europe 28-11-2016

Commissioners at odds over Castro legacy

The death at the weekend of the revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro saw sharp differences of opinion within EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s cabinet.
Enlargement 24-11-2016

Parliament backs freeze of Turkish membership talks

The European Parliament on Thursday voted in favour of a freeze of membership talks with Turkey over its post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Global Europe 24-11-2016

From Brexit to Trump: Transatlantic Allies in an era of unpredictability

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President is not just a test for EU leaders and institutions, it’s test of free citizens in free societies, write Geoffrey Harris and Tim Oliver.
Digital 24-11-2016

Parliament votes to expand EU units that debunk online propaganda

A fledgling group of 11 diplomats that find and debunk Russian propaganda could be given a bigger staff and deeper pockets, if the European Parliament has its way.
Global Europe 23-11-2016

Putin will pay a high price for Trump's friendship

If Donald Trump indeed improves relations with Russia, Vladimir Putin may soften his anti-Americanism, but in doing so, he risks losing one of his few dependable sources of national unity, writes William E. Pomeranz.
Global Europe 23-11-2016

New UN chief blames politicians for ignoring ‘losers of globalisation’

The incoming head of the United Nations António Guterres warned yesterday (22 November) that "losers of globalisation" in rich countries have felt ignored by establishment politicians, prompting them to turn to nationalist agendas, as in the US election and Brexit referendum.
Development Policy 22-11-2016

Qualified welcome for EU’s new once-in-a-decade development rethink

Major NGOs gave a guarded welcome today (22 November) to a major once-in-a-decade, overhaul of the EU’s thinking on development.
Security 18-11-2016

EU defence in an age of uncertainty and crisis

The refugee crisis, the election of Donald Trump, the UK’s Brexit vote and the ever-present threat of terrorism, mean current conditions seem right for EU governments to take steps toward deeper military coordination or even integration, writes Richard Maher.
Global Europe 17-11-2016

EU Syria aid manager: ‘We started two years too late’

The manager of the EU’s Trust Fund for Syria, Nadim Karkutli, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview at this year’s AidEx conference that the fund – helping the five million refugees in neighbouring countries – probably should have started in 2012.
Development Policy 16-11-2016

Red Cross: Yemen situation 'is probably as bad as Syria'

Unseen and unheard crises, such as in Yemen and in the Lake Chad basin in Africa, are probably as bad as in Syria - where the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has already lost 57 aid workers, Jemilah Mahmood says.
Euro & Finance 16-11-2016

Obama offers Greece solidarity on debt as police clash with protesters

Barack Obama offered solidarity with Greece over its debt and migrant crises yesterday (15 November) during his final trip to Europe as US president before handing over power to Donald Trump.
Enlargement 15-11-2016

EU ministers criticise Turkey but not ready to halt membership talks

European Union foreign ministers yesterday (14 November) criticised Turkey's crackdown on alleged supporters of a failed military coup in July but Austria's call to suspend Ankara's EU membership bid failed to garner enough backing.
Global Europe 15-11-2016

EU backs minimalist defence plan in effort not to undermine NATO

EU ministers approved a common defence plan yesterday (14 November) despite sharp differences over how far it should go, as Donald Trump's election win stoked fears about Washington's commitment to European security.
Development Policy 10-11-2016

Olympics dissident: Ethiopia could ‘become another Libya’

EXCLUSIVE/ Ethiopia – one of the EU’s largest recipients of development aid and a key partner in the new Emergency Trust Fund for Africa for halting the flow of migrants – garnered unwelcome headlines last summer, when Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms in protest at the treatment of the Oromia and Amhara peoples.
Elections 10-11-2016

Czech president 'very happy' with Trump win, says shares his views

Czech President Miloš Zeman declared on Wednesday (9 November) he was "very happy" with Donald Trump's election victory, saying the Republican cut through political correctness and addressed key issues like migration.
Global Europe 09-11-2016

Global flashpoints react to Trump victory

The world's current international hotspots - Iran, the Baltics, NATO and North Korea - reacted with deliberate caution on Wednesday (9 November) to Donald Trump's establishment-defying victory in the US presidential election.
Global Europe 08-11-2016

Activist: Cambodia needs international respectability

Cambodian human rights activist Naly Pilorge is in Brussels to plead with MEPs and the Commission not to take Phnom Penh's claims to democracy seriously, following an unexpectedly damning resolution by lawmakers earlier this year.
Global Europe 08-11-2016

Thai exiled activist: Royal succession is an abyss for human rights

The EU suspended Free Trade Agreement talks with Thailand after its military coup. Now into its third year under dictatorship following the coup d'état on May 22, 2014, things are likely to get worse before they get better, writes Jaran Ditapichai.
Trade & Society 02-11-2016

EU seeks faster reforms on human rights ahead of Sri Lanka trade deal

European parliamentarians yesterday (1 November) asked Sri Lanka to step up reforms and abolish draconian anti-terror laws to qualify for lucrative trade concessions from the 28-member bloc.
Global Europe 31-10-2016

Disdain for EU from President Trump, tough love from President Clinton

Donald Trump’s election cannot be entirely discounted and would have grave consequences for Europe, writes Sir Michael Leigh.