Neighbourhood policy

Global Europe 02-12-2019

Israel slams new European recruits to Iran barter system

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday (1 December) denounced six new European members of a barter mechanism with Iran, saying it encouraged Tehran's repression of protests.
Global Europe 26-11-2019

Amid Russia’s tightening embrace, Belarus seeks better ties with EU

Belarus is interested in building good-neighbourly ties with the European Union, and in particular with Stockholm and Helsinki, if there are no preconditions from the bloc, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday (25 November).
Global Europe 22-11-2019

EU urges end to Iran protest violence

The European Union on Thursday (21 November) called on Iran to show "maximum restraint" in handling protests that have rocked the country, leaving several people dead, and urged an end to violence.
Global Europe 14-11-2019

US ‘deeply concerned’ by EU court decision on food from Palestinian territories

The United States is "deeply concerned" by a ruling by the European Union's top court that food products from Palestinian territories must be labelled as such, the US State Department spokeswoman said Wednesday (13 November).
Global Europe 05-11-2019

Awaiting IAEA report, EU admits preserving Iran nuclear deal ‘increasingly difficult’

President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday (5 November) that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an underground plant south of Tehran in its latest step back from a troubled 2015 agreement with major powers.
Global Europe 05-11-2019

Germany decries Iran’s move to speed up nuclear work, urges return to accord

Iran's announcement that it has developed advanced machines to speed up uranium enrichment jeopardises a 2015 accord with world powers, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday (4 November), urging Tehran to return to the pact.
Global Europe 05-11-2019

Fresh victims in Iraq’s largest anti-government protests

Iraqi security forces killed at least five people when they opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday (4 November), a Reuters witness said, as thousands took part in the largest wave of anti-government protests for decades.
Global Europe 24-10-2019

‘It’s the jungle’: Bosnian migrant camp in crisis

No running water, putrid portable toilets and surrounding woods littered with land mines - these are the bleak conditions of a camp where hundreds of migrants brace for winter in Bosnia.

EU condemns Turkey’s military action, stops short of common arms embargo

EU foreign minister on Monday (14 October) unanimously condemned Turkey’s military action in north-eastern Syria, asking all member states to stop selling arms to Ankara. However, they stopped short of an EU-wide arms embargo that France and Germany had sought.
Global Europe 10-10-2019

EU urges Turkey to halt Syria invasion, will not pay for ‘safe zone’

The EU on Wednesday (9 October) demanded Turkey halt its military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, telling Ankara the bloc would not pay for any so-called "safe zone" that might be created.
Global Europe 27-09-2019

Iran’s Rouhani says wider talks with US possible if 2015 deal implemented

Iran can discuss other issues with the United States providing its 2015 nuclear deal with six powers is fully implemented, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday (26 September), adding that Tehran's missile capabilities were not negotiable.

Pentagon to send radar, Patriot missiles to bolster Saudi defences

The Pentagon said on Thursday (26 September) it plans to send four radar systems, a battery of Patriot missiles and about 200 support personnel to bolster Saudi Arabia's defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom's oil facilities this month.
Global Europe 24-09-2019

UN sets constitution committee for Syria, but hopes to end war muted

The United Nations announced Monday (23 September) the long-awaited creation of a constitution-writing committee on Syria that will include the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war.
Global Europe 19-09-2019

Macron and Conte call for overhaul of EU migrant policy

The European Union must introduce a new, automatic system of taking in migrants saved from the Mediterranean, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday (18 September) as as they sought to patch up bruised bilateral relations.
Future EU 18-09-2019

Is von der Leyen on course to ease tensions with Hungary?

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen's Commissioner pick for the enlargement and neighbourhood policy, the former Hungarian Justice Minister László Trócsányi, is appearing to be a particularly controversial one, though it may be motivated by her wish to cool tensions between Brussels and Budapest,
Global Europe 16-09-2019

Israel approves new settlement 2 days before polls

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government approved a new settlement in the occupied West Bank on Sunday (15 September), two days ahead of a closely fought election as he seeks to boost turnout among his right-wing base.
Global Europe 16-09-2019

Trump says US ‘locked and loaded’ for potential response to Saudi oil attack

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (15 September) that the United States was "locked and loaded" for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, after a senior official in his administration said Iran was to blame.
Global Europe 12-09-2019

Anger at Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation pledge

Arab and Muslim countries Wednesday (11 September) led a wave of outcry after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex a key part of the occupied West Bank if re-elected. The EU also reacted.
Global Europe 09-09-2019

Iran slams European powers as nuclear deal unravels

Iran's atomic agency chief hit out Sunday (8 September) at European powers, saying their broken promises gave the Islamic republic little choice but to scale back its commitments under a nuclear deal.
Freedom of thought 09-09-2019

Poland’s foreign ministry condemns attack on Israeli students

Poland's foreign ministry on Sunday (8 September) condemned violence against a group of Israeli students beaten at a Warsaw nightclub early on Saturday, following criticism that Polish leaders are not doing enough to denounce antisemitism.
Global Europe 09-09-2019

US, Turkey launch joint patrols in northeast Syria

The United States and Turkey on Sunday (8 September)  began joint patrols in northeastern Syria aimed at easing tensions between Ankara and US-backed Kurdish forces who battled the Islamic State jihadist group.
Global Europe 02-09-2019

Russia says US strikes in Syria’s Idlib put ceasefire at risk

Russia's military said the United States had mounted air strikes in Syria's Idlib without forewarning Moscow or Ankara, endangering a ceasefire there, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday (1 September).
Global Europe 30-08-2019

Britain, France, Germany to hold Iran talks in Helsinki

Britain, France and Germany will hold talks Friday (30 August) on how to preserve the beleaguered Iran nuclear deal and protect shipping in the Gulf.
Global Europe 27-08-2019

Trump ready to meet Iranian president in potential breakthrough

US President Donald Trump said Monday (26 August) at the G7 summit that he is prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart within weeks in what would amount to a stunning change of direction in the two countries' smouldering standoff.

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