Arab Spring

Global Europe 01-09-2021

We need more EU support for our democracy, Tunisia’s opposition says

Tunisia’s democrats need more support from the EU and European nations as the north African country faces up to months of government by presidential decree, said Ahmed Gaaloul, an Ennahdha party official and a former youth and sports minister.
Global Europe 20-08-2021

Now more than ever – Tunisia’s democracy needs its friends

After the President's decision in July to suspend parliament, Tunisia's democracy needs support from the EU and other international allies, writes Rached Ghannouchi.
27-07-2021

Tunisia president sacks defence minister amid political turmoil

Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked the defence minister Monday (26 July), a day after ousting the prime minister and suspending parliament, plunging the young democracy into constitutional crisis in the midst of a pandemic.
27-07-2021

EU calls on Lebanon to form government quickly

The European Union on Monday (26 July) urged Lebanon's political elite to form a government without delay, following the nomination of Lebanese businessman Najib Mikati to be designated as prime minister.
26-07-2021

Tunisian democracy in crisis after president ousts government

Tunisia faced its biggest crisis in a decade of democracy after President Kais Saied ousted the government and froze the activities of parliament, a move his foes labelled a coup that should be opposed on the street.
Global Europe 09-07-2021

Wanted: European re–engagement with southern neighbourhood

Ten years after the Arab Spring, a disjointed European policy approach to the region has resulted in the bloc losing influence in the countries in its southern neighbourhood.
Global Europe 26-06-2021

EU relations in north Africa hampered by migration tensions

The EU’s role and political influence in North Africa has been hampered by economic and security policy priorities being trumped by the bloc’s desire to control migration flows.
22-12-2020

Keeping the light bright in Tunisia ten years after the Arab Spring

Ten years ago, anti-government protests began in Tunisia, leading up to the toppling of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime in January 2011, the country's transition to democracy, and the start of the Arab Spring that saw the ousting of autocratic rulers across the Maghreb.
21-12-2020

The EU must speed up its Southern Neighbourhood strategy

A Union that protects must be pragmatic in its Southern Neighbourhood - starting from the Sahara and placing security and counterterrorism at the centre of its thinking for the region, writes Mario Mauro.
17-12-2020

Europe should be prepared for an Arab Spring rerun

The pandemic is making a reboot of the Arab uprisings more likely. Europe should be prepared, argues Nikki Ikani.
Global Europe 23-10-2020

As mass protests return in Middle East and North Africa, Europe must rethink its approach

A decade on from the Arab Spring, it is clear that the EU’s strategy of working with existing regimes in its Southern Neighbourhood has delivered neither stability and security nor any progress towards democratization and government accountability. It is time to start listening to the word on the street, writes Dylan O’Driscoll.
Politics 22-10-2020

The EU in a changing Middle East: A lone bystander or positive player?

While the European Union is struggling to stay relevant with its self-proclaimed ‘geopolitical Commission’, the United States in the Middle East is at the forefront of geopolitical shifts with its visionary leadership, writes Charlie Weimers. Charlie Weimers is a Swedish member...
22-09-2020

Europe and the New Middle East

Alliances in the Middle East are changing but the EU is been little engaged with the new diplomatic shifts and risks becoming irrelevant in the region, writes Jonathan Spyer.
21-01-2020

After Berlin, the EU needs to translate commitments on Libya into actions

Following a positive Libya peace summit in Berlin, the EU needs to back up commitments with actions, although the path ahead remains fraught with difficulty,  writes Tom Garofalo.
27-12-2019

Moscow fumes at Ankara over meddling in Libyan crisis

Russia has condemned Turkey’s intention to send troops to Libya to support Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord of Libya against the head of the Libyan National Army, General Khalifa Haftar.
Global Europe 26-12-2019

Diplomacy heats up in the Mediterranean amid escalating Greece-Turkey row

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently signed between Turkey and Libya to demarcate maritime zones has shaken up politics in the Mediterranean, with Greece preparing a diplomatic counter-offensive.
18-12-2019

EU foreign affairs chief ready to go to Libya

EU Foreign Affairs chief Josep Borrell stands ready to go to Libya and help solve the ongoing crisis between the different parties, EU spokesperson Peter Stano said on Wednesday (18 December).

Europe calls for ‘urgent restraint’ as US hits Iran with extra sanctions

The European Union called for an "immediate de-escalation" of tensions in the Middle East on Monday (24 June), as the US government announced new "hard-hitting" sanctions on Iran after launching a series of cyber attacks on the country last week.
Energy 06-06-2019

Watad: The oil company that came from nowhere and became a key player in Syria

Life in rebel-held northwest Syria has, without a doubt,  been made easier by Watad Petroleum’s presence. But with no information available publicly about who owns or runs it, there is a persistent suspicion about it, writes Haid Haid.
Digital & Media 09-05-2019

EXCLUSIVE: Germany blocking EU plans to stop spyware trade with dictators

EU proposals to establish export restrictions on spyware are being held back by Germany, which has adopted an ambiguous stance on the plans, EURACTIV has learnt.
Global Europe 27-02-2019

A divided EU and a divided Arab League put on a fragile show of unity

Neither the EU nor the Arab League really knows where it is going. Yet, divided as they are, both sides also face harsher and more cohesive adversaries: China, Russia and the US, writes Fiasal Al Yafai.
Energy 09-01-2019

How a gas pipeline to Europe is transforming the Turkish-Israeli relationship

The discovery of massive natural gas fields off Israel’s northern coast more than a decade ago and subsequent attempts to export this gas to Europe have highlighted the true fault lines in the Turkish-Israeli alliance, writes Joseph Dana.
Global Europe 28-11-2018

Angela Merkel’s legacy in the Middle East

German Chancellor Merkel's momentous 2015 decision to accept asylum-seekers from the region fell flat: the Chancellor did not rise to the occasion and chart a new course for both Europe and the Middle East, writes Faisal Al Yafai
Armenia 20-02-2018

Nagorno-Karabakh: 30 years on, time for the EU to raise its game

Thirty years after the Karabakh conflict, it is time for the EU to turn its attention back to Nagorno-Karabakh and do better in acknowledging the territory, writes Diogo Pinto.