Med & South

Global Europe 28-09-2021

Will the European Court derail the EU’s good relations with Morocco?

EU relations with Morocco have improved in recent years. Will they be derailed by a European court ruling later this week, asks James Moran.
Global Europe 20-08-2021

Now more than ever – Tunisia’s democracy needs its friends

After the President's decision in July to suspend parliament, Tunisia's democracy needs support from the EU and other international allies, writes Rached Ghannouchi.
Global Europe 27-07-2021

The Brief – Don’t ignore your neighbours

It is a truism that Europe is unstable if its North African neighbours are unstable. That being so, it should be of some concern to EU leaders that, on the bloc’s south Mediterranean border, Tunisia’s ten-year-old democracy appears to be on life support.
Global Europe 26-07-2021

The Brief – Go home Erdogan

Cyprus is an excellent destination for holidays, but it is also a geopolitical volcano. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who doesn’t miss an opportunity to annoy the EU and infuriate Greece, is very active during this holiday season. Among other...
Global Europe 23-07-2021

Facing triple crises, Tunisia is in trouble

Each crisis on its own would debilitate any country. In Tunisia, they add fuel to the others, creating a vicious cycle of inaction and instability that threatens to undermine the fragile democratic transition, writes Sarah Yerkes.
Global Europe 24-03-2021

Cementing Merkel’s foreign policy legacy

Germany’s involvement in Libya was not a legacy policy but a reflection of how many of its foreign policy pillars were shaken by events across the Mediterranean, writes Tarek Megerisi, calling for Italy and France to work alongside Germany in creating a unified and credible approach to help Lybia.
Global Europe 19-03-2021

The EU needs to take its seat at the Cyprus negotiation table

The long history of negotiations on the Cyprus question has been unforgiving to its actors, hence the infamous characterisation of it as the “graveyard of diplomats”, littered with tombstones. It need not be this way, writes Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.
Armenia 24-11-2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia-Azerbaijan peace deal is strategic disaster for Iran

Azerbaijan now is in control over the entirety of its border with Iran along the Aras river,and while this may be a cause for celebration in Baku, it is viewed with alarm in Tehran, writes Dnyanesh Kamat.
Global Europe 23-10-2020

As mass protests return in Middle East and North Africa, Europe must rethink its approach

A decade on from the Arab Spring, it is clear that the EU’s strategy of working with existing regimes in its Southern Neighbourhood has delivered neither stability and security nor any progress towards democratization and government accountability. It is time to start listening to the word on the street, writes Dylan O’Driscoll.
Politics 22-10-2020

The EU in a changing Middle East: A lone bystander or positive player?

While the European Union is struggling to stay relevant with its self-proclaimed ‘geopolitical Commission’, the United States in the Middle East is at the forefront of geopolitical shifts with its visionary leadership, writes Charlie Weimers. Charlie Weimers is a Swedish member...
Global Europe 21-10-2020

Turkey intensifies its stranglehold on Cyprus

The EU cannot afford to turn a blind eye as Turkey tightens its grip on Cyprus, writes Robert Ellis.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

Greece short of friends in Europe as Erdogan steps up pressure

The decision to postpone the EU council meeting solved – for the time being – one thorny EU question, writes Denis MacShane. What to do about Turkey’s new Sultan Erdogan and his non-stop aggression against EU member states, and core EU values?
Global Europe 24-09-2020

The EU’s watershed moment

As the aggression and empire building of Erdogan's Turkey becomes clearer, the EU faces a watershed moment, argues Robert Ellis.
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Global Europe 22-09-2020

Another war on the horizon in the Armenia – Azerbaijan conflict?

The deadlock in the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiation process coupled with the concentration of foreign fighters and transfer of arms in Armenia is a distressing signal for an imminent escalation or a new war, writes Vasif Huseynov.
Global Europe 02-07-2020

The pandemic in the Maghreb region: should Europe be worried?

Although the case numbers and death toll in the Maghreb remain low, Covid-19 threatens economic and political stability in the region. Should Europe be worried, questions James Moran.
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Africa and Europe need a new, win-win, migration deal

Despite the war in Libya and the coronavirus outbreak, irregular migration from North Africa towards the southern European shores remains inevitable. This could be mitigated by implementing pre-planned migration schemes and easier visa procedures, writes Mourad Teyeb
Global Europe 20-05-2020

Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans need to punch their weight

Last week, EU foreign ministers emphasised that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the Union’s strategic interests and that they discourage possible steps towards annexations. In this vein, the EU and its member states should send a clear signal, Muriel Asseburg and Peter Lintl argue.
Global Europe 20-05-2020

COVID-19: What next for the Mediterranean?

The Euro-Mediterranean region needs to build its own development strategy in response to the coronavirus crisis, writes Nasser Kamel.
Global Europe 04-03-2020

Why did Boyko Borissov’s mission in Ankara fail?

If von der Leyen’s Commission really wants to be global, it should intervene at the root of the problem instead of trying to deal with the consequences, writes Ivailo Kalfin.

Fatnassia refugee camp will anger both Tunisians and Europeans

Tunisia has always publically refuted reports that it “promised” Europe to accept hosting on its soil refugees from different African countries, but the EU could seize the opportunity of a war in Libya to convince Tunisia to do so, writes Mourad Teyeb.
Energy 11-12-2019

Coal pollution in the Western Balkans is a European problem

16 coal plants in the Western Balkans pollute as much as the entire EU fleet of 250 units, causing sickness and deaths across the continent. It’s high time to take action, write Viola von Cramon and Petros Kokkalis.
Energy 10-12-2019

Turkey-Libya Mediterranean deal is about energy and extending Ankara’s influence

Ankara’s moves in the Mediterranean Sea reflect President Erdoğan’s ambitions to make Turkey a leading country. But its unilateralism is unnecessarily aggravating tensions in the region and, as usual, leaves it to Brussels and Washington to sort it out, writes Henri J Barkey.
Global Europe 14-06-2019

Trump’s sanctions are working and will prevent war with Iran

The attack of two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman yesterday (13 June), which were widely attributed to Iran, shows Tehran is engaged in a series of missteps that will land it further in financial pain rather than war, writes Hagar Hajjar Chemali.
Energy 23-05-2019

The US isn’t protecting oil supplies from the Middle East, it wants to control prices as foreign policy

America’s extensive use of military and economic coercion in the Middle East and other oil-producing countries around the world reflects the US’s new position as an exporter of oil and liquefied natural gas, argues Robin Mills. Robin Mills is the...