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Global Europe 20-04-2018

Report: Romania to break ranks with EU by moving embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian government will follow the United States and transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader said Thursday (19 April). “The decision has been taken (…), the procedures are beginning,” Liviu Dragnea told...
Global Europe 09-04-2018

EU asks whether Israel used ‘proportionate’ force in Gaza

The EU raised questions Saturday (7 April) about whether Israeli troops engaged in "proportionate use of force" in the latest border clashes that left nine Palestinians dead in the Gaza Strip.
Global Europe 09-04-2018

EU says ‘evidence points’ to chemical attack by Syria regime

The EU said Sunday that evidence suggested the Syrian regime carried out a chemical attack in Douma and urged Damascus's allies Russia and Iran to help prevent another one.
Africa 27-03-2018

Migration control must be at heart of next EU-Africa pact, says EU

The EU will put migration and security at the heart of its agenda in talks on a successor to the Cotonou Agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific nations (ACP), a leading EU official said on Monday (26 March).
Development Policy 19-02-2018

Are geopolitics, trade and human rights compatible enemies?

Europe cannot turn a blind eye to the Human Rights abuses occurring in third countries, unless we rewrite the mandates of the functioning of the EU institutions and the Treaty, writes MEP Tomáš  Zdechovský.
Freedom of thought 15-09-2017

Campaigner: Religious freedom envoy must be permanent part of EU’s foreign policy team

The EU appointed its first special envoy on religious freedom in May 2016. Jan Figel’s 12-month mandate has now been extended for another year and Sophia Kuby of the Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF) explains why his role should be strengthened.
Global Europe 23-08-2017

The time is right for better EU relations with non-Western strategic partners

Brussels needs to change the way it works with its foreign delegations in order to build closer relations with the strategic partners of tomorrow, write Jan Melissen and Wouter Zweers.
Azerbaijan 18-07-2017

Azerbaijan is disappointed with EU’s role in Nagorno-Karabakh

It's a pity that the EU Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia did not contribute to the effort to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, writes Dr Gulshan Pashayeva.
Africa 19-06-2017

Mogherini confirms two EU staff killed in Mali attack   

The two civilians killed in a jihadist attack on a Mali tourist resort were both working for the European Union, the bloc's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said today (19 June).
Development Policy 11-05-2017

EU to send one of ‘biggest ever’ election monitoring teams to Kenya

EXCLUSIVE/ The EU is sending one of its “biggest missions ever” to monitor the upcoming election in Kenya, amid fears of a repeat of the ethnic clashes during the 2007 election, which left up to 1,500 people dead, and some 600,000 displaced.
Freedom of thought 11-05-2017

Freedom of religion in EU diplomacy: Defending a cause or promoting divergent interests?

In recent years, the EU has taken several initiatives to promote freedom of religion across the world, even though the cause has been losing some of its lustre within international relations and has thrown into question the idea of basic rights as an indivisible whole, writes Professor François Foret.
Central Europe 02-12-2016

Fight the lies and ‘alt-truths’

The Kremlin uses our internal grievances to force a wedge between different groups of people in our societies, writes Tomáš Prouza.
Development Policy 16-06-2016

Theatre lessons from Sri Lanka on post-conflict reconciliation at EU Dev Days

The first fruits of the EU’s new “cultural strategy” for external relations was on show at the Development Days conference in Brussels on Wednesday (15 June), as a theatre troupe from both warring sides in Sri Lanka showed how working together could aid in post-conflict resolution.  
Digital 19-02-2016

EU campaign to counter Russian propaganda asks MEPs for help

The head of the EU's five-month-old project to counter Russian propaganda online is appealing to MEPs for help to spread information about the EU.
Global Europe 04-12-2015

Rwandan bid for Kagame third term undermines democracy, says Mogherini

Rwanda's push to change the constitution and allow President Paul Kagame to serve a third term in power undermines democratic principles, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has warned.
Global Europe 28-08-2015

Tiny EU task force set up to counter Russian propaganda

A small group of eight officials in the European External Action Service will engage in efforts to respond to massive Russian propaganda directed both at the home and international audiences.
China 18-03-2015

EU businesses in Russia: American sanctions are clearer

The EU will lose ground in Russia, because they discourage business, even in cases when there are no restrictions, Frank Schauff, CEO of the Association of European Businesses in Russia, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014 [Photo: Reuters]
Development Policy 14-10-2014

EU to discuss ‘innovative’ military coordination against Ebola

On 16 October, European Union diplomats will discuss a plan to give the EU a coordinating role for European military missions countering the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe
EU Priorities 2020 27-08-2014

Hoping for an unexpectedly strong EU foreign policy chief

On 30 August, European leaders will gather to announce what they hope will be a weak successor to Catherine Ashton. It would be better for the EU if those hopes were dashed and a strong individual were to emerge, writes Jan Techau.
Nick Witney [Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung/Flickr]
Global Europe 18-07-2014

Hard truths about Europe’s soft power

Nick Witney is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and was the first chief executive of the European Defense Agency.
Marietje Schaake [Bram Belloni]
Global Europe 01-07-2014

EU policy towards Egypt must focus on human rights

Dutch Liberal MEP, Marietje Schaake has called on the European Union institutions and member states not to forget the political turmoil in Egypt and coordinate better to guide the work on the ground.
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Europe’s diplomatic service inefficient, say EU Auditors

EU auditors warned on Monday that the European External Action Service should increase its efficiency and do more for the EU and its citizens.
EU Priorities 2020 11-07-2013

Study shows EU spending can save taxpayers money

Taxpayers and European governments would reap substantial savings if more resources were pooled at the EU level, says a new study that also examines spending on defence and diplomacy.
EU Priorities 2020 11-07-2013

De Geus: Better spending will preserve the EU social market model

Ahead of the launch of a study on the added value of EU spending, Bertelsmann Stiftung chairman and chief executive Aart De Geus points at the savings EU member states could achieve if they pooled and distributed resources more efficiently, for example in diplomatic and defence services.