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.
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.
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.
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.
EU-Africa 22-09-2017

EU socialists make ‘progressive’ push in Tunisia ahead of election

The European Parliament's Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group) is exploring ways to bring progressive centre-left forces in Tunisia into the fold in order to ensure a democratic transition ahead of the country's first post-revolution municipality election.
22-05-2017

Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists

President Donald Trump urged Arab and Islamic leaders yesterday (21 May) to unite and do their share to defeat Islamist extremists, making an impassioned plea to "drive out" terrorists while toning down his own harsh rhetoric about Muslims.
Global Europe 26-04-2017

Russia ‘plays games for fun’ in Libya

Taking advantage of the weakness and divisions of the EU, and the lack of interest of the US, Russia “plays games for fun” in Libya, expending little effort, but potentially obtaining important dividends, analysts said at an event in Brussels on Wednesday (26 April).
Global Europe 25-04-2017

Refugee hotspots in Italy and Greece ‘not yet adequate’, say EU auditors

The EU’s emergency response to the 2015 refugee crisis, by creating arrival ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy, has left reception centres that are “not yet adequate”, according to a damning new report by the EU Court of Auditors.
EU-Africa 12-04-2017

Merkel’s ‘man in Africa’ downbeat on prospects for Africa-EU summit

Gunther Nooke, Angela Merkel’s representative to Africa, offered a gloomy prognosis of November's Africa-EU summit in Abidjan on Tuesday (11 April), saying trade between the continents was “almost irrelevant” and that the African Union required major “institutional reform".
Development Policy 28-03-2017

Auditors find ‘shortcomings’ in EU aid to Tunisia after Arab Spring

The EU gave Tunisia some €1.3bn in aid after the Arab Spring without properly checking how all of it was spent, according to a report published today (28 March) by the Court of Auditors.
Development Policy 15-03-2017

EU unveils Syria reconstruction plan

The EU unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday (14 March) to support the reconstruction of war-torn Syria, calling it a "dividend" to encourage warring parties to reach a peace deal.
EU-Africa 02-03-2017

Africa’s dwindling online freedom

Africa is using the internet more and more but many governments are employing web blackouts to manipulate voters and silence critics. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Senior Arab diplomat derides EU migrant discourse

A distinguished Arab diplomat remarked that EU politicians and think tank representatives did not make use of keywords such as “Iraq” or “Islam” while discussing the Union’s relations with its neighbours and the refugee crisis for several hours.
Global Europe 09-02-2017

UN’s Libya representative urges EU countries to reopen Tripoli embassies

The UN's representative in Libya, Martin Kobler, has revealed that the organisation intends to return to Tripoli "very soon" and urged European countries to do the same and reopen their embassies. Euractiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 07-02-2017

EU foreign ministers promise to improve conditions for migrants in Libya

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday (6 February) agreed to improve conditions for migrants stuck in detention centres in strife-torn Libya, in the wake of last week's Valletta summit.
Global Europe 02-02-2017

Libyan PM demands more EU money ahead of Malta summit

Libya’s western-backed prime minister has complained that his country is only receiving “very small amounts” from the EU, ahead of a key summit on the central Mediterranean migration route on Friday (3 February) in Malta.