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Global Europe 20-04-2018

Ambassador: Turkey, EU should cooperate in safely returning Syrian refugees home

At the Varna summit, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his interlocutors that the EU should cooperate in Syria in terms of helping Syrian refugees to go back to their homes, Turkish ambassador to the EU Faruk Kaymakcı told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 19-04-2018

EU edges closer to new Iran sanctions ahead of Trump deadline

European Union governments are showing more support for the idea of new sanctions on Iran proposed by Britain, France and Germany as a way of dissuading US President Donald Trump from pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, diplomats say.

May defends British strikes in Syria against parliament critics

British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing a rowdy session of parliament on Monday (16 April), defended her decision to join US-led missile strikes against Syria without first seeking parliament's authorisation.
Global Europe 16-04-2018

Kurz promotes continuation of Syria talks in Vienna

After the recent escalation in the Syrian conflict, the Austrian government is launching an initiative to resume the Syria talks that launched in Vienna in 2015. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.

Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday (15 April) that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
Global Europe 12-04-2018

EU institutions silent as world gets dangerously close to global conflict over Syria

The leaders of the EU institutions remained silent on Wednesday (11 April) while the world got dangerously close to a global conflict over Syria, with two member states, Britain and France, getting ready to go to war.
Global Europe 11-04-2018

Russian envoy to Lebanon: Any US missiles fired at Syria will be shot down

Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon said any US missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, a step that could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian war.
Global Europe 09-04-2018

EU asks whether Israel used ‘proportionate’ force in Gaza

The EU raised questions Saturday (7 April) about whether Israeli troops engaged in "proportionate use of force" in the latest border clashes that left nine Palestinians dead in the Gaza Strip.
Global Europe 09-04-2018

EU says ‘evidence points’ to chemical attack by Syria regime

The EU said Sunday that evidence suggested the Syrian regime carried out a chemical attack in Douma and urged Damascus's allies Russia and Iran to help prevent another one.
Global Europe 06-04-2018

EU calls on Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian children

Alarmed by the conditions of Palestinian children in the Israeli military judicial system, the EU has called on Israel, through its representatives in Jerusalem and Ramallah, to respect the children's rights. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Global Europe 05-04-2018

Turkey, Iran, Russia say will work for stability in Syria

Turkey, Iran and Russia pledged yesterday (4 April) to accelerate efforts to bring stability to Syria, underlining their joint commitment to the country a day after President Donald Trump raised the prospect of withdrawing US troops.
Energy 04-04-2018

Turkey builds first nuclear power plant, with help from Russia

The leaders of Turkey and Russia marked the official start of work to build Turkey's first nuclear power station on Tuesday, launching construction of the $20 billion Akkuyu plant in the southern province of Mersin.
Global Europe 29-03-2018

Spanish MEP: Time, status quo working against two-state solution

Elena Valenciano Spanish MEP, who headed a socialist delegation on a five-day fact-finding mission to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories this week, spoke to EFE in Jerusalem on Wednesday (28 March).
Global Europe 20-03-2018

Europe must prepare to stand up to Trump on Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace’ plan

Europe should redouble its commitment to critical EU policies grounded in its commitment to international law and a negotiated two-state solution, writes Lara Friedman.
Global Europe 15-03-2018

EU to step up training of Libya coastguards on migrant patrols

The European Union wants to rapidly expand training of Libyan coastguards to stem migrant flows to Italy and reduce deaths at sea, an EU naval mission said on Thursday (15 March.
Europe's East 06-03-2018

Russia’s EU ambassador: ‘Donbass is part of Ukraine’

In a wide-ranging interview on Monday (5 March), Russia’s ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov discussed Syria and eastern Ukraine, the current tensions between Gazprom and Naftogaz, as well as the Italian election.
Economy & Jobs 27-02-2018

Morocco fisheries pact must not include Western Sahara, EU court confirms

The EU’s fisheries agreement with Morocco is valid as long as it does not include the Western Sahara territory, a region disputed by Morocco and independence fighters, the bloc’s top court, the European Court of Justice, ruled on Tuesday (27 February).
Global Europe 26-02-2018

How to get Europe back into the Middle East

The Foreign Affairs Council is right to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process when it meets Arab leaders on Monday, but it’s on Iran that the EU is needed the most, writes Franco Frattini, the former Italian foreign minister.
Global Europe 26-02-2018

Turkey says UN Syria ceasefire won’t affect Kurdish offensive

Turkey on Sunday (25 February) welcomed the unanimous demand by the UN Security Council for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, but insisted that its own operation against a Kurdish militia in the Afrin region was not affected.
Global Europe 23-02-2018

EU calls for ceasefire in Syria’s eastern Ghouta, urgent aid access

The European Union called on Friday (23 February) for an immediate ceasefire and access for aid in Syria, using a strongly-worded statement to express its anger at the bombing of Syria’s eastern Ghouta. “The European Union is running out of...
Global Europe 21-02-2018

Abbas calls for new UN Mideast peace talks format

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas yesterday (20 February) called for an international conference to be held later this year to launch a new, wider Middle East peace process and pave the way to Palestinian statehood.
Global Europe 20-02-2018

They talk of war but it’s their own citizens these ‘strong’ men fear most

In the current geopolitical context, European support for those fighting for human dignity is more important than ever, writes Shada Islam.
Global Europe 16-02-2018

Fisheries agreement with Morocco is an instrument of soft power for EU

If the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement is not renewed, tensions might affect the relations between the EU and Morocco, writes Willy Fautré.
Politics 13-02-2018

EU warns Turkey over Cyprus ship incident

The European Union on Monday (13 February) called on Turkey to avoid threats and "refrain from any actions that might damage good neighbourly" ties after Cyprus accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas.