About: EU-Iran relations

Global Europe 26-09-2018

US ‘disturbed and deeply disappointed’ by EU over Iran sanctions

Tensions between the United States and the European Union over Iran soared into the open Tuesday (25 September) after the Europeans announced plans for a legal framework to preserve business with Tehran and evade new US sanctions.
Global Europe 25-09-2018

Iran, major powers labor to keep nuclear deal afloat

The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal agreed on Monday (24 September) to keep working to maintain trade with Tehran despite scepticism this is possible as U.S. sanctions to choke off Iranian oil sales resume in November.
Global Europe 05-07-2018

EU lawmakers back plan for European Investment Bank work in Iran

EU lawmakers gave approval on Wednesday (4 July) for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do business in Iran, overcoming a blocking attempt and keeping alive plans to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that Washington has abandoned.
Global Europe 11-05-2018

Europe should stand its ground after US Iran-deal pull out

The decision taken by US president Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal should propel Europeans to stand their ground and mark the beginning of a more independent role for Europe in the world, argues Cornelius Adebahr.
Global Europe 26-02-2018

How to get Europe back into the Middle East

The Foreign Affairs Council is right to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process when it meets Arab leaders on Monday, but it’s on Iran that the EU is needed the most, writes Franco Frattini, the former Italian foreign minister.
Development Policy 20-02-2018

Better schooling for Afghan refugee children in Iran

School is not a right for Afghan child refugees in Iran. However, the recent establishment of an education programme has helped improve the situation, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEfe reports.
Global Europe 02-02-2018

Europe ponders the US Iran nuclear deal threats over its companies

Europe has to decide what to do in case the US makes good on its threat to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran. The alternative is to agree to tighter terms proposed by Washington that could hit European companies.
Global Europe 02-02-2018

Why the EU needs a dual strategy for Iran

After a series of violent protests in Iran against the government, the European Union must do its best to preserve the nuclear deal while simultaneously point out the violation of human rights as part of a dual strategy, argues Elmar Brok.
Defence policy 08-11-2017

Need to Confront Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been leading Iran’s hidden invasion of several Middle-Eastern countries for years. The US administration’s recent decision to put the IRGC on the terrorist list makes it imperative to confront the regime and its proxies all over the region, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
Global Europe 02-10-2017

Slovenia rocked by Iran-related money laundering scandal

Slovenia’s state prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into claims that the country's biggest state-owned bank, Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB), may have laundered nearly €1bn from Iran between 2008 and 2010, breaking an international embargo and failing to enforce rules on the financing of terrorism.

Mogherini steals the show in Iran, warns US

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini confirmed on Saturday (5 August) the Union’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal and referring to the US, she urged “all parties” to implement it.
Global Europe 04-08-2017

Mogherini’s attendance at Rouhani’s inauguration encourages Iranian impunity

Attending Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration in the midst of a series of revelations is morally and politically unconscionable, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras, as it suggests the EU will look the other way on actual abuses as long as there are pleasant-sounding promises coming out of a small faction within the Iranian regime.
Global Europe 22-05-2017

EU vows continued nuclear deal support following Rouhani reelection

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has congratulated Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for securing reelection on Friday (19 May), assuring him that the EU will continue to work towards full implementation of the landmark nuclear deal. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Energy 03-01-2017

Iran certifies 29 international companies to bid for oil, gas projects

Iran has named 29 companies from more than a dozen countries as being allowed to bid for oil and gas projects using the new, less restrictive Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC) model, the oil ministry news website SHANA reported yesterday (2 January).
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

German-led ‘Scramble for Iran’ underway, slowed by fearful banks

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has embarked on a visit to Iran in order to promote German businesses and start working towards an opening up of the country. But many experts still doubt whether his "change through trade" mantra will bear fruit. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Former European Commissioners blast EU deals with Iran

Former Commissioners Karel de Gucht and Louis Michel have criticised European Union moves to strike business deals with Iran, urging EU institutions and member states to make them conditional on Tehran improving its dismal human rights record.
Security 31-03-2016

Austrians perplexed after being stood up by Iranian president

Austrian authorities were left scratching their heads as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cancelled a trip to Vienna at the last minute. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 03-03-2016

Romania late to Iran’s post-sanctions party

Bucharest has sent a delegation to Tehran to discuss business opportunities following the lifting of the Iranian embargo, but its representatives may find that the choice cuts of its energy sector have already been snapped up. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Welcoming Rouhani ignores human rights

Europe’s rapprochement with Iran will only prove damaging, as European leaders welcome the head of a regime that is guilty of violating basic human rights, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
Languages & Culture 27-01-2016

Italians angered as statues covered to save Iranian blushes

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under fire on Tuesday (26 January) after ancient nude statues in Rome's Capitoline Museum were covered up to avoid any possible offence to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who is visiting the country.