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Global Europe 16-02-2019

Abandon Iran nuclear deal, Pence tells EU allies, Merkel disagrees

US Vice President Mike Pence urged European allies once again on Saturday (16 February) to follow Washington's lead and withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, saying the regime there "openly advocates another Holocaust".
Global Europe 14-02-2019

MEPs stir north Africa’s frozen conflict

European Parliament endorsed the new EU-Morocco Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement on 12 February. Although it's a triumph for Morocco and its lobbying efforts in Brussels, it is unlikely to do anything to resolve a long-running legal and political saga in North Africa.
Global Europe 11-02-2019

Ennahdha politician: Tunisia deserves enhanced neighbourly relations with the EU

The EU needs to adapt its approach vis-à-vis the different partner countries in the Mediterranean, and pay more attention to his country, which he described as a “success story”, a Tunisian politician visiting Brussels told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 05-02-2019

No more ships to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean

Italy’s decision to block the ship of German NGO Sea-Watch in the port of Catania, Sicily, means that there are currently no ships from humanitarian organisations to rescue migrants in the Mediterannean. EURACTIV’s media partner Euroefe reports.
Global Europe 05-02-2019

As EU-Arab summit approaches, more headaches than planned

When plans for a summit between the European Union and the Arab League were first hatched last year, it was envisioned as the start of a new friendship across the Mediterranean. What a difference a few months makes.
Global Europe 01-02-2019

Europeans open new trade channel to Iran, bypassing US sanctions

Britain, France and Germany on Thursday (31 January) launched a trade mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Iran, drawing praise from Tehran – and a warning from Washington.
Global Europe 24-01-2019

Putin pushes Erdogan to fight Al-Nusra in Syria’s Idlib province

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday (23 January) after which the Russian leader said the two men had discussed how they planned to stabilize the situation in Syria’s Idlib province.
Global Europe 14-01-2019

Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks Syrian Kurd militia

President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a US-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, weakening Turkey's currency and prompting sharp criticism from Ankara on Monday (13 January).

Malta disembarks migrants sparking Italy government clash

Forty-nine migrants disembarked in Malta on Wednesday (9 January) after spending more than two weeks stranded on board rescue ships, ending a standoff in which EU countries had refused to offer them a safe port.
Global Europe 09-01-2019

Erdogan rebukes Trump’s top security adviser over Kurds in Syria

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rebuked Washington's national security adviser on Tuesday (8 January) for demanding that his country not attack Kurdish fighters in Syria, accusing him of complicating President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw US troops.

Under Dutch and Danish pressure, EU hits Iran with sanctions after murder plots

The EU hit Iran’s intelligence services with sanctions on Tuesday (8 January) after accusing Tehran of being behind plots to assassinate regime opponents on Dutch, Danish and French soil. The move by the 28-nation bloc was announced as the Dutch government said it...
Global Europe 23-10-2018

Spain returns migrants to Morocco after storming of Melilla enclave

Spain sent 55 migrants back to Morocco on Monday (22 October), a day after they forced their way into the Spanish territory of Melilla during an assault on the border in which two migrants died and 19 were injured.

Russia completes delivery of S-300 system to Syria

Russia has delivered an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria, it said on Tuesday (2 October), in defiance of Israeli and US concerns that the arms sale would embolden Iran and escalate the Syrian war.
Global Europe 26-09-2018

Portugal reaches agreement with Spain, France to welcome Aquarius migrants

The Portuguese government said on Tuesday (25 September) it had reached an agreement with Spain and France to welcome some of the migrants on board the last private rescue ship in the Mediterranean, after Italy refused to let the vessel dock.
Global Europe 25-09-2018

Iran, major powers labor to keep nuclear deal afloat

The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal agreed on Monday (24 September) to keep working to maintain trade with Tehran despite scepticism this is possible as U.S. sanctions to choke off Iranian oil sales resume in November.

Morocco plays cat and mouse with Africans headed to Europe

African emigrants are defying a campaign by Morocco to keep them away from land and sea crossings to Spain, which has become the main entry point to Europe for migrants and refugees following crackdowns elsewhere.
Global Europe 13-09-2018

Vienna and Rome in clinch with UN over migration policy

The UN has taken the European migration policy in its sights, drawing a strong response from Vienna and Rome. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Global Europe 05-09-2018

EU warns of humanitarian disaster in Syrian city of Idlib

Russian and Syrian jets hammered a major rebel stronghold on Tuesday (4 September), days before leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey meet to discuss an expected Syrian government offensive that could spark a humanitarian disaster.
Global Europe 30-08-2018

More responsibility on migration issue needed, says Mogherini

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Thursday (30 August) "there is no consensus on practical solutions" to migration at the moment and urged member states to show more responsibility towards migrants in the Mediterranean.

Migrants become informants to provide valuable ‘intel’ against mafia

EU border guards are interviewing migrants arriving to the continent to gather “valuable” information to fight against the smugglers and human traffickers.
Politics 29-08-2018

Spain defends hard line on North African border immigration

Spain will not tolerate violent attempts to enter the country, the government said on Wednesday (August 29), in response to criticism of its swift return of 116 illegal migrants to Morocco after they stormed the fence bordering one of its North African enclaves.
Economy & Jobs 27-08-2018

Iran says awaiting European guarantees on oil sales, banking

Iran is awaiting European guarantees on the sale of Iranian oil and banking relations, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday (25 August), according to the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).
Global Europe 23-08-2018

Defying US sanctions, EU unveils €18 million aid package for Iran

The European Commission approved an €18 million support package to Iran on Thursday (23 August) sending an important signal both to Teheran and Washington that Brussels will not back on its efforts to preserve the nuclear deal despite US sanctions.
Global Europe 20-08-2018

Italy allows docking of ship with migrants, ends standoff with Malta

Italy will let its coast guard ship carrying 177 migrants rescued on the Mediterranean Sea five days ago dock in Sicily, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Monday, ending a standoff with Malta over where the ship should disembark.

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