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Global Europe 23-05-2022

Sicily judge to weigh trial of migrant rescue NGOs

Charities running migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean face a pre-trial hearing in Sicily Saturday (21 May) over alleged collusion with people traffickers after a controversial probe that involved mass wiretapping.
Global Europe 16-05-2022

Lebanon vote brings blow for Hezbollah allies in preliminary results

Iran-backed Hezbollah has been dealt a blow in Lebanon's parliamentary election on Sunday (15 May) with preliminary results showing losses for some of its oldest allies and the Saudi-aligned Lebanese Forces party saying it had gained seats.
Media 11-05-2022

EU urges independent probe into Al Jazeera reporter’s West Bank killing

The European Union on Wednesday (11 May) condemned the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, and demanded an independent investigation into the circumstances of her death.
Global Europe 10-05-2022

EU urges ‘not to give up on Syria’ amid Russia’s war on Ukraine

The Syrian humanitarian crisis remains among the EU’s top priorities, the bloc's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, said at the sixth pledging conference for the war-torn Middle-Eastern country in Brussels on Tuesday (10 May).
Global Europe 09-05-2022

Palestine refugee agency could ‘implode’, UN warns

The collapse of the international agency responsible for Palestinian refugees due to chronic underfunding by UN countries could lead to unpredictable consequences in an already unstable region, experts and officials warn.
Global Europe 02-05-2022

Palestinians warn against plans to weaken their UN agency

A proposal by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees to delegate some services to other United Nations agencies has sparked outrage among Palestinians, who have warned of a plot to "dismantle" the body.
Global Europe 28-04-2022

Algeria threatens to cut gas contract with Spain

Gas giant Algeria threatened Wednesday (27 April) to break a contract to supply gas to Spain if Madrid transferred it onwards to "a third destination", amid tensions with regional rival Morocco.
Global Europe 20-04-2022

US open to Western Sahara options as Morocco steps up lobbying effort

The United States is keeping its options open on the future of Western Sahara as Morocco, which claims sovereignty over the disputed territory, is trying to garner wider international support from its European neighbours. 
Global Europe 17-04-2022

Migrant found dead after shooting at Greece-Turkey border

A woman migrant has been found dead after a shooting erupted as she and others tried to cross into Greece from Turkey by boat, Greek police told AFP on Sunday (18 April).
Global Europe 16-04-2022

More than 150 hurt as Palestinians clash with Israeli police at Jerusalem holy site

More than 150 people were wounded Friday (15 April) in clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli police in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the first face-off at the flashpoint holy site since the start of Ramadan.
Global Europe 08-04-2022

Fear and frustration at EU silence on Tunisia’s slide to autocracy

“There is a high level of public fear,” Ahmed Gaaloul, told EURACTIV, as Tunisia fragile democracy faces growing threats from an increasingly autocratic President.
EU-Africa 07-04-2022

Spain’s Sanchez visits Morocco as tensions ease

Morocco's King Mohammed VI hosted Spain's prime minister on Thursday (7 April) in a landmark visit ending a year-long diplomatic crisis after Madrid reversed decades of neutrality on the Western Sahara conflict in a U-turn that has angered Algeria.
Global Europe 31-03-2022

EU to maintain Tunisia funding despite slide towards autocracy

The EU is to continue providing budget support to Tunisia, the European Commission announced, even as the country’s controversial President Kais Saied moved to immediately dissolve parliament after it voted to repeal his decision to freeze democratic institutions and rule by decree.
Global Europe 28-03-2022

Rare Israeli-Arab summit convenes, Blinken seeks to reassure allies on Iran

Israeli and Arab partners convened for a rare summit in Israel on Sunday (27 March) attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who sought to reassure the US allies over Washington's diplomacy with Iran.
Global Europe 13-03-2022

Migrant crisis continues in Mediterranean, dozens of women and children dead

With all eyes on the influx of millions of Ukrainian refugees into Eastern Europe and beyond, the crisis in the Mediterranean is also continuing with 100 saved and dozens of women and babies drowned over the last few days.
Global Europe 21-02-2022

UN warns pushbacks of migrants in Europe becoming ‘normalised’

The UN refugee chief voiced alarm Monday (22 February) at increasing violence against refugees and migrants at European borders, warning that rights abuses and illegal pushbacks across frontiers risked becoming "normalised".
Global Europe 14-02-2022

Clashes as controversial Israeli lawmaker visits Jerusalem flashpoint

Israeli police clashed with Palestinians in the flashpoint east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday (13 February) during a visit by a controversial far-right Jewish lawmaker that inflamed tensions.
Global Europe 03-02-2022

Tunisia’s democracy on the brink as President Saied cracks down

North Africa's last remaining democracy following 2010's Arab Spring, Tunisia, is facing an existential political and constitutional crisis, six months after the country’s president suspended parliament and announced he would govern by decree.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

EU reports ‘positive signs’ in Libya despite poll delay

The EU will continue to train the Libyan coastguard to control migration and border security, and sees ‘some positive signs’ despite the postponement of elections in the war torn North African state last month.
Global Europe 20-01-2022

European countries urge Israel to stop construction in East Jerusalem

The foreign ministries of France, Germany, Italy and Spain urged Israeli authorities on Wednesday evening (19 January) to stop the construction of new housing units in East Jerusalem.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

NGO: Human lives at stake as Italy blocks migrant rescue ship

Delays caused by the blocking of the Ocean Viking rescue ship by Italian port authorities have put human lives at stake, Julia Schaefermeyer, communications officer at SOS Mediterranean, the NGO that charters the vessel, has told EURACTIV.
Energy 10-01-2022

Greece fumes as Washington loses interest in EastMed gas pipeline

The United States is no longer supporting the construction of EastMed gas pipeline project as Washington’s interest is now switching to renewable energy sources, according to a State Department statement. According to Greek media, the move profits Turkey.
Global Europe 31-12-2021

Abbas to Putin: West Bank poised for ‘explosion’

Israeli policies risk triggering an "explosion" in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said Thursday (30 December) in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Palestinian state media said.
Global Europe 15-12-2021

Tunisia opposition condemns extension of parliament freeze

Opponents of Tunisian President Kais Saied on Tuesday (14 December) slammed his decision to extend a months-long suspension of parliament, accusing him of dealing another blow to the country's nascent democracy.