The European Parliament has voted in favour of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The final resolution was heavily watered down in order to obtain the support of Europe's right wing parties. EurActiv France reports .
The European Court of Justice ordered on Wednesday (17 December) that Hamas be removed from the EU list of terrorist organisations, giving member states three months to provide evidence to review the ruling.
EU lawmakers stopped short on Tuesday (16 December) of proposing a joint motion urging EU members to recognise a state of Palestine, settling instead on a compromise resolution that peace talks should progress.
EU legislators will vote on a resolution to recognise the State of Palestine in December, it emerged today (25 November). This symbolic event could encourage more member states to address the question. EurActiv France reports .
The movement for the recognition of Palestine is gaining momentum in the wake of Sweden's decision to officially recognise the state. Socalist legislators are preparing a resolution that would see France join 135 other countries in recognising the state of Palestine. EurActiv.fr reports .
Federica Mogherini, the new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, should appoint a new EU special envoy to the Middle East to engage and have an impact on the peace process in the region, writes Dr Nimrod Goren.
Plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem pose a threat to peace and Israel's relations with the European Union, the 28-member bloc said on Friday, joining the United States in its criticism of the decision.
SPECIAL REPORT: European frustration with the glacial pace of moves to Palestinian statehood could lead to the bloc’s aid contributions to the region becoming unsustainable in as little as 3-4 years, officials say.
Germany, France and Britain have proposed reactivating a European Union mission on the Egypt-Gaza border to help stabilise the Palestinian enclave after a month-long war, a German diplomatic source said on Wednesday.
EXCLUSIVE / Israel has seized three EU-funded humanitarian aid projects on the edge of a settlement construction zone that Europe views as a 'red line', spurring demands for compensation payments to Brussels at a crisis moment for John Kerry’s Mideast peace bid.
It is time for the EU to take a lead in the Middle East by conditioning any strengthening of its ties with Israel on tangible improvements in the occupied Palestinian territories, write Bernd Nilles and Marc Schade Poulsen.
Putting aside the symbolic implications of the EU's policy on settlements, the practical contribution that the EU stance will provide to the conflict is still far from clear. What can be assessed already, however, is that the criticisms against this step have been based on shaky arguments, writes Lorenzo Kamel.
Despite the recent sectarian violence that saw dozens of policemen injured in Northern Ireland, the EU programme for peace and reconciliation in the region could be in jeopardy, senior Irish representatives have told EurActiv.
France, Germany and Belgium have expressed concern about the escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, while in Brussels the EU's foreign chief and European Parliament president called on both partiess to stop hostilities and avoid further casualties.
A top advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today (31 October) condemned a US decision to withdraw funding from UNESCO as a 'crime', hours after the UN’s cultural organisation voted to grant the Palestinians full membership.
The EU must make peace between Israel and Palestine one of the top priorities of its Middle East policy. But there can be no peace in the region without a viable Palestinian state, argues Eberhard Rhein .
The so-called 'Middle East Quartet' of the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations yesterday (16 August) signalled their alarm over Israel's latest announcements of new settlement plans.
A proposal by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermann to end the blockade of Gaza if an EU force was sent to stop arms smuggling there was rebuffed by the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, Catherine Ashton, during her two-day visit to the region.