Neighbourhood policy

Global Europe 09-04-2019

In unprecedented move, US names Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group

President Donald Trump said on Monday (8 April) he would name Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on US forces.
Global Europe 08-04-2019

EU ministers pile pressure on Haftar to halt Libya offensive

EU foreign ministers on Saturday upped pressure on Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to halt his offensive on Tripoli, urging the strongman to commit to a political solution. The issue is expected to be discussed again at the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday (8 April).
Global Europe 05-04-2019

Ukraine elections elephant in the room ahead of Eastern Partnership talks

Ahead of the Eastern Partnership's (EaP) tenth anniversary in May, EU foreign ministers are next week set to review the progress of the bloc’s framework with the six countries, with the situation in Ukraine being the elephant in the room.
China 04-04-2019

Chinese Balkans investments disrupt EU objectives, Commission warns

Some Chinese investments entail “macro-economic imbalances and debt-dependency” risk in the Western Balkans and impact EU objectives in the region, an EU spokesperson has said in light of a controversial energy project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Global Europe 26-03-2019

Jordan’s king cancels Romanian trip over Jerusalem row

Jordan's King Abdullah II cancelled a visit Monday (26 March) to Romania after its prime minister vowed to move her country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his office said.
Global Europe 25-03-2019

Romania to move embassy to Jerusalem, premier Dancila pledges

The Romanian prime minister promised Sunday (25 March) in Washington that her country would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with both the European position and apparently with her own country's president.
Enlargement 19-03-2019

North Macedonia minister: NATO, not EU, saved name change deal

Without the prospect of joining NATO, the North Macedonia name change deal with Greece (Prespa Agreement) would have been dead because the EU side has not been delivering on its promises, North Macedonian deputy PM and defence minister, Radmila Šekerinska, has said.
Global Europe 14-03-2019

Return of refugees to Syria timidly comes on the agenda

Key speakers at a Brussels-held conference dedicated to Syria made first timid references on Thursday (14 March) to the need to prepare for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, as the eight-year-long war appeared to be coming to an end.
Enlargement 13-03-2019

Albania opposition leader: The Commission is ignoring the reality on the ground

The EU has mistakenly sacrificed democracy for the sake of stability in the Balkan region, Lulzim Basha, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Albania, told EURACTIV.com in a telephone interview.
Freedom of thought 01-03-2019

‘Respect’ for Luxembourg PM after he challenges Arab leaders on gay rights

Several top European politicians backed Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Thursday (28 February) after he told Arab leaders he was gay and could be condemned to death in some of their countries.
Global Europe 27-02-2019

Egypt hits back at Turkey over EU-Arab summit criticism

Egypt hit back Wednesday (27 February) at Turkish criticism of EU leaders for meeting their Arab counterparts in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh just days after Cairo executed nine people. The foreign ministry accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip...
Africa 25-02-2019

The Brief – Migration deals with despots

Expectations for the EU-Arab League summit in Sharm el-Sheik had been downplayed so much that everyone was prepared for the final press conference and communique to be the dampest of damp squibs. Having to deal with despots and dictators must...
Global Europe 25-02-2019

‘Ballot box’ to decide if ailing Algeria president gets 5th term

Algeria's prime minister on Monday (25 February) insisted voters would determine if ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika gets a fifth term at the ballot box, after major protests against his candidacy.
Global Europe 25-02-2019

Arab League, EU seek synchrony on regional crises in first summit

Arab and European states sought common ground on security threats and regional crises including Yemen, Syria and Libya on Sunday at their first joint summit held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Global Europe 22-02-2019

First Arab-EU summit billed as chance to cooperate in troubled region

European and Arab leaders are to hold their first summit Sunday (24 February), in what the top EU diplomat sees as a chance to boost cooperation across a troubled Mediterranean region.
Enlargement 19-02-2019

The Brief – Euromaidan post-mortem

Council President Donald Tusk is in Ukraine to mark the fifth anniversary of Euromaidan, more precisely of the fierce fighting on 18-20 February 2014 in which 77 activists were killed.  Others consider 22 February, when Yanukovich fled to Russia, the culmination...
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

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 29-01-2019

EU’s Iran payments vehicle ready – but stuck

A payment mechanism the EU hopes will save the Iran nuclear deal by bypassing US sanctions is ready, diplomats said Monday (28 January), but is held up by disagreements among European countries.
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.
Enlargement 16-01-2019

Tsipras goes against all in Greek parliament on North Macedonia name deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is likely to survive a confidence vote on Wednesday (16 January). But his party Syriza is alone defending the historic name change deal reached between Athens and Skopje.
Politics 10-01-2019

Merkel to press Greece on reforms, Macedonia name deal, during rare Athens visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will urge Greece to press on with tough economic reforms and maintain strict fiscal discipline when she visits Athens on Thursday (10 January) for the first time in nearly five years.
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.

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