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25/08/2016

EU ministers caution Israel over escalation in Gaza

Topic: Israeli-Palestinian peace process


Global Europe 27-07-2016

EU, US slam new Israeli settlement plans as 'provocative and counterproductive'

Brussels and Washington on Wednesday (27 July) slammed as "provocative" Israeli plans to build hundreds of new settlement homes in annexed east Jerusalem, saying they seriously undermined the prospect of peace with the Palestinians
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 16-02-2016

Beyond labelling: How Europe can save the two-state solution

The EU Foreign Affairs Council last month reaffirmed its policy of differentiating between products made in Israel, and those produced in settlements. By so doing, it upheld the principle underpinning in its labeling guidelines of November 2015, writes Mousa Jiryis.
Agriculture & Food 19-01-2016

EU defends decision to label goods made in Israeli settlements

The European Union reinforced on Monday (18 January) its position that products made in Israeli settlements must be clearly labelled in Europe, despite growing tensions with Israel over the issue, but stressed that the bloc opposes any boycott of the Jewish state.
Global Europe 11-12-2015

Greek parliament to recognise Palestine amid opposition concerns

The Syriza-led Greek parliament will vote on 22 December to recognise the Palestinian state, triggering nervous reactions among centre-right opposition parties. EurActiv Greece reports.
Global Europe 10-11-2015

Israel fumes over planned EU labelling of settlement products

Few issues have caused more friction between Israel and the European Union than EU plans to impose labelling on goods produced in Jewish settlements on occupied land. And if Israel is right about the timing, the tensions could get worse.
Global Europe 16-10-2015

Revitalising the Middle East Quartet post-Blair?

As the Middle East Quartet comes back to life, the EU must allow its member states to play an active role in the informal international group, to promote peace in the region, writes Nimrod Goren.
Global Europe 18-12-2014

European Parliament passes watered-down Palestine resolution

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
Global Europe 17-12-2014

EU court removes Hamas from terrorist blacklist

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.
Global Europe 17-12-2014

EU lawmakers stop short of joint Palestine motion

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.
Global Europe 16-12-2014

Spreading ripples of hope from Europe to Palestine

Four national European parliaments have already voted to recognize Palestinian statehood. It's time the European Parliament does the same, Ilan Baruch writes.
Global Europe 25-11-2014

EU Parliament to vote on recognising Palestinian state in December

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
Global Europe 06-11-2014

French Socialists push for recognition of Palestinian state

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
Global Europe 21-10-2014

Mogherini should appoint special envoy to the Middle East

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.
Global Europe 03-10-2014

New settlements plan threatens ties with Israel, EU says

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.
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Development Policy 05-09-2014

EU aid to Palestine ‘cannot continue indefinitely’ without results

SPECIAL REPORT / 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.
Global Europe 07-08-2014

Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing

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.
Development Policy 11-04-2014

Compensation calls as Israel seizes EU-funded aid projects

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.
Development Policy 11-09-2013

Oslo has failed, the EU must help craft a new Mideast peace template

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.
Global Europe 05-08-2013

Past not a measure for the present Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

The old paradigms in the Middle East peace process may not be adequate in assessing the potential of the negotiations launched last week, writes Jacob Shapiro.
Global Europe 31-07-2013

EU and partners press Israeli, Palestinian leaders not to undermine peace talks

The EU and other Middle East negotiators have urged the Israelis and Palestinians to avoid actions that undermine new negotiations, after the two sides this week held their first talks since 2010.
Global Europe 19-07-2013

Netanyahu’s misleading response to the EU’s new policy on Israeli settlements

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.
Regional Policy 04-02-2013

Northern Ireland peace fund faces EU budget uncertainty

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.
Global Europe 16-11-2012

EU ministers caution Israel over escalation in Gaza

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.