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Global Europe 15-12-2017

EU leaders hope for migration breakthrough by June

EU leaders are preparing for a difficult start to 2018 when heads of state weigh new measures to deal with illegal migration. But the European Commission and European Council leaders agree that they want to avoid putting migration proposals to a vote that could divide member states.

The Brief: Money can’t buy you friends

Migration was confirmed to be the most divisive issue in European politics at the final 2017 EU summit. The Visegrad group (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia) will pay €35 million, but calling this “solidarity” is ludicrous.

Global Europe 14-12-2017

Migration row mars EU summit, exposes divides

EU leaders ended the first day of the end-of-year European Council summit with no sign of tensions thawing amid recent disagreements on migration, which have once again exposed divides between eastern members and 'old Europe'.

Global Europe 14-12-2017

Putin must nudge Syria into UN peace deal, mediator says

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia yesterday (13 December) to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.

Tensions arise between Tusk and Commission over migration

The Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos described on Tuesday (12 December) European Council President Donald Tusk’s proposals on migration intended for the EU leaders’ summit later this week as "unacceptable" and  "anti-European".

Development Policy 12-12-2017

Commission finally tables mandate for post-Cotonou negotiations

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (12 December) a recommendation to the Council including a long-awaited proposal for how to proceed in new trade negotiations with the countries of Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

Global Europe 12-12-2017

EU rebuffs Netanyahu’s Jerusalem call

The EU's diplomatic chief on Monday (11 December) bluntly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that Europe would follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, saying there would be no change to its stance on the holy city.

Politics 11-12-2017

Netanyahu makes appearance at EU foreign affairs meeting

Today’s (11 December) Foreign Affairs Council begins with a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against the background of the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalm as the capital of Israel.

Global Europe 11-12-2017

Erdogan and Macron take lead in urging US to turn back on Jerusalem decision

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and France's Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday (9 December).

Global Europe 07-12-2017

EU seriously concerned about Trump’s Jerusalem decision

The European Union expressed serious concern on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying it could have repercussions for peace prospects.

Freedom of thought 07-12-2017

Erdogan heads to uneasy ally Greece for historic visit

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan begins the first visit by a Turkish head of state to Greece in 65 years Thursday (7 December), with concerns over relations as Athens said it was "worried" by his comments perceived as reviving territorial friction. Ties between Turkey and Greece have warmed over the past 20 years, after decades of tension …

Energy 06-12-2017

Italy-Israel gas pipeline moves a step closer to reality

Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy on Tuesday (5 December) signed a memorandum of understanding to build the world's longest underwater natural gas pipeline to supply Europe. 

EU-Africa join forces against slave trade

During an emergency meeting on the situation in Libya, 9 African countries and European member states decided to launch a joint intelligence operation to dismantle the human trafficking networks. EURACTIV France reports.

UN wants Libya to agree to shut down migrant camps

The United Nations wants Libya's internationally-backed government to agree to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants, most of whom will be sent back to their countries, the head of the IOM said on Tuesday (28 November).

EU working without ‘letup’ to help migrants in Libya

The EU said on Thursday (23 November) it is working without "letup" for a durable solution to the plight of migrants in Libya, adding it shared French President Emmanuel Macron's anger over slave markets there.

Global Europe 23-11-2017

France calls urgent UN meeting over Libya slavery

France on Wednesday (22 November) called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron blasted the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity.

Global Europe 15-11-2017

On Rome visit, Borissov lashes out at ‘passive’ EU diplomacy

In a visit to Rome yesterday (14 November) Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov praised his host Paolo Gentiloni for stopping refugees from Libya, and lashed out at EU’s diplomacy, which is led by another Italian, Federica Mogherini.

Central Asia 31-10-2017

Russia to hold Syria ‘congress’ in Sochi despite Syrian opposition’s concerns

The seventh round of Syria talks in Astana ended on Tuesday (31 October) with an agreement between the three “guarantor states” (Russia, Iran and Turkey) for a “congress of national dialogue” to be held in Sochi, despite reservations from the Syrian opposition. EURACTIV reports from Astana.

Development Policy 20-10-2017

Juncker: Member states contributed too little to Africa Fund

Speaking to the press after the first round of talks of the EU summit yesterday (19 October), Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the EU action was “reaching its limits” due to insufficient financing.

Global Europe 19-10-2017

Khamenei says Iran will ‘shred’ nuclear deal if US quits it

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday (18 October) Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred it" if the United States pulled out, state TV reported.

Economy & Jobs 19-10-2017

Not so fast: Macron and his farmers get trade onto ‘full’ EU summit agenda

French President Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in pushing trade onto the agenda of the EU summit which starts on Thursday (19 October), calling for caution in commercial deals that would bring a surge of beef and other agricultural imports.

Global Europe 13-10-2017

Hamas, Fatah sign deal on Palestinian reconciliation

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement on Thursday (12 October) on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with president Mahmud Abbas calling it a "final" accord.

Politics 12-10-2017

Germany urged to rethink, revamp its military spending-report

The changing political landscape should force Germany to step out of the shadow of its past and take a much more active role in Europe's defence and security, according to a new report published on Thursday (12 October).

Global Europe 03-10-2017

Displaced mothers face dire health crisis, report says

Less than a half of pregnant refugees arriving on Greece’s shores have access to maternal care, a new report unveiled on Tuesday (3 October) has found.