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Global Europe 29-09-2020

UK, Canada impose sanctions on Lukashenko

Britain and Canada on Tuesday (29 September) slapped sanctions on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, his son and senior figures in the regime for a string of alleged human rights violations.
Europe's East 29-09-2020

In Vilnius, Macron vows ‘pragmatic’ European support for Belarus people

French President Emmanuel Macron met Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Vilnius on Tuesday (29 September), the second day of a visit to Baltic countries meant to reassure them about French commitment to their security. In a private meeting that...
Europe's East 28-09-2020

Macron: ‘It is clear Lukashenko has to go’

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday (27 September) that Belarus's leader Alexander Lukashenko must step down, after the EU refused to recognise him as the legitimate president of the ex-Soviet country.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

Cyprus says committed to reunification talks, but not at gunpoint

Cyprus is committed to reunification talks with estranged Turkish Cypriots but not at gunpoint, its president said on Thursday (24 September) on a dispute which has deepened Greece-Turkey tensions and stymied European Union policy-making on Belarus.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

EU sanctions explained

As the EU is struggling to find a response to Turkey’s disruptive activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, the upheaval in Belarus and the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, EURACTIV provides a closer look at how the EU’s sanction regime works and what the current challenges are.
Global Europe 22-09-2020

EU sanctions three firms for breaking Libya arms embargo, Turkey reacts

The European Union on Monday (21 September) imposed sanctions on three companies -- one Turkish, one Kazakh and one Jordanian -- for breaching the UN arms embargo on Libya, drawing an angry reaction from Turkey.
Global Europe 16-09-2020

Charles Michel vows to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff

European Council chief Charles Michel pledged Wednesday (16 September) that the bloc will defend the rights of member state Cyprus in its standoff with Turkey over maritime and energy rights. Michel’s visit to the island comes a day after Turkey...
Global Europe 16-09-2020

EU diplomacy needs more courage to address Russia, Turkey, new White House

The EU needs to be more courageous in its diplomacy, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday (16 September), chiding member states for an ineffective foreign policy and urging progress on a US-style sanctions framework targeting human rights abusers worldwide.
Global Europe 10-09-2020

Socialists push for EU arms embargo against Turkey

Several Socialist lawmakers in the European Parliament have floated the idea of imposing an arms embargo, along with sanctions, on Ankara, as the EU gears up for a crucial September summit meant to define its response to Turkey's activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Eastern Europe 07-09-2020

Lithuania says EU’s inaction over Belarus undermines foreign policy credibility

The EU's lack of action over Belarus is undermining the credibility of its foreign policy, Lithuanian foreign affairs minister Linas Linkevicius told the Financial Times newspaper in an interview published on Sunday (6 September).
Europe's East 13-08-2020

Belarus starts to release prisoners as EU weighs sanctions

Belarusian authorities on Thursday (13 August) began releasing some of the thousands of people detained in a crackdown by strongman President Alexander Lukashenko that has prompted the European Union to consider imposing sanctions.
Europe's East 12-08-2020

EU says Belarus vote not free, threatens sanctions

The European Union declared Tuesday (11 August) that the Belarus presidential election that returned authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko to office had been "neither free nor fair".
Global Europe 11-06-2020

German FM voices ‘serious concerns’ over Israeli annexation plan

Germany and its European partners have "serious concerns" over Israel's plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Jerusalem Wednesday (10 June).
Europe's East 06-06-2020

Orbán urges end to EU sanctions on Belarus

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán urged the European Union to drop sanctions against Belarus as he met the ex-Soviet state's strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on Friday (5 June).
Cybersecurity 28-05-2020

Germany calls in Russian envoy, seeks sanctions over hacking

Germany's foreign ministry on Thursday (28 May) called in the Russian ambassador to discuss possible sanctions over a 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament, in an escalating diplomatic row.
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 12-05-2020

France pushing for tough EU response to any West Bank annexation

France is urging its European Union partners to consider threatening Israel with a tough response if it goes ahead with a de facto annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, three EU diplomats said.

Oil crisis hits Russia and… EU unity?

The Russian oil sector seems to be in dire need of seeing the end of Western sanctions, even more than it has been so far, and there is no doubt that they will try to use the current circumstances to change EU countries' stance on the policy towards Moscow, writes Mateusz Kubiak.
Global Europe 01-04-2020

In Venezuela shift, US offers sanctions relief for transitional government

The United States on Tuesday (31 March) offered a path for Venezuela's leftist leadership to remove sanctions in the face of a mounting humanitarian crisis by accepting a transitional government that excludes US ally Juan Guaidó.
Europe's East 26-02-2020

Crimean experts warn Russia has appetite for Black Sea, more Ukrainian land

Increasingly grandiose Russian military exercises in the Black Sea, compounded by the impending water crisis and a burgeoning defence industry in the Crimea, indicate that the security situation in Southern Ukraine may soon deteriorate, Ukrainian experts from Crimea warn.
Europe's East 13-02-2020

German arrested for illegal military exports to Russia

German prosecutors said Thursday (13 February) they had arrested a businessman on suspicion of exporting millions of euros in machinery to Russia that could be used for military purposes, in violation of EU sanctions.
Global Europe 12-11-2019

EU takes step closer to Turkey drilling sanctions

The EU on Monday (11 November) moved a step closer to imposing sanctions over Turkey's drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus by formally adopting a legal framework to target those involved.
Global Europe 23-08-2019

Ukraine, EU oppose Trump’s suggestion of readmitting Russia to G7

Ukraine's president backed leading European powers on Thursday (22 August) in opposing the readmission of Russia to the Group of Seven advanced economies, saying Moscow still occupied Crimea and was frustrating peace in eastern Ukraine.
Energy 23-08-2019

Erdogan says Turkey to press ahead with gas search off Cyprus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday (22 August) hit out at EU measures to punish Ankara for drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean and vowed to press ahead with gas search in the region.
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