About: Gaddafi

Elections 30-04-2012

French campaign takes nasty turn

French President Nicolas Sarkozy dismissed a report that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sought to fund his 2007 campaign, saying it was a ploy by Socialist opponents to distract from the public reappearance of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Global Europe 23-08-2011

Libya oil race starts as fighting continues

As fighting in Tripoli continues and international leaders looked to ramp up pressure on Muammar Gaddafi to step down, oil companies tried yesterday (22 August) to secure investments in Libya.
Global Europe 17-05-2011

Brussels cautious on Gaddafi arrest warrant

The European Commission carefully welcomed news yesterday (16 May) that the International Criminal Court had sought arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif Al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi.
Global Europe 03-05-2011

Hungary alone in waving EU flag in Tripoli

Of all EU countries' embassies in Libya, only Hungary has a diplomatic presence in Tripoli and provides information to the EU. The European Commission told EURACTIV that the situation on the ground was "very difficult" and that the EU was "paying tribute" to the Hungarian Presidency for the work they are doing.
Med & South 21-04-2011

Heir to Libyan throne under Brussels spotlight

Libya's exiled Crown Prince Mohammed El Senussi made a high-profile appearance in the European Parliament yesterday (20 April). He presented himself as a constitutionalist and lobbied for his country's 1951 monarchic constitution to provide the building blocks of the future Libya.
Global Europe 13-04-2011

EU imposes full oil and gas embargo on Libya

The European Union agreed yesterday (12 April) to extend sanctions against Libya, imposing an asset freeze on all of the country's energy companies, in its effort to force Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to relinquish power.
Global Europe 05-04-2011

EU sends envoys to Libya’s rebel capital

The European Union sent envoys to the rebel-controlled Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday (5 April), as part of efforts by Western countries to establish better contacts with Muammar Gaddafi's opponents.
Global Europe 31-03-2011

UK opens doors to EU-blacklisted Gaddafi henchman

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamad Moussa Koussa, a Gaddafi henchman, defected yesterday (30 March) and flew to Britain to seek political asylum. Koussa, a relative of the sentenced Lockerbie bomber and reportedly the mastermind of the 1988 bombing of the PanAm flight, is on the EU travel ban list.
Brexit 29-03-2011

Leaders seek common ground for post-Gaddafi Libya

More than 40 governments and international organisations are meeting today (29 March) in London to try to lay the groundwork for a Libya without leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Med & South 25-03-2011

European leaders tighten noose on Gaddafi

EU leaders adopted new sanctions yesterday (24 March) against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, urging the international community to ensure that Libya's oil and gas revenues "do not reach" his regime. Meanwhile, NATO said it would enforce a no-fly zone over Libya but stopped short of taking full command of the UN-backed military operations in the country.
Global Europe 24-03-2011

Analyst: Libya ground intervention ‘unlikely’

The intervention of ground troops in Libya is unlikely and would run counter to the objectives of the Western coalition, Dominique Moïsi, founder and senior advisor at Ifri (French Institute for International Relations), told EURACTIV.
Brexit 23-03-2011

Coalition looks to NATO to take over Libya operations

Western nations waging an air campaign in Libya agreed yesterday (22 March) to use NATO to drive the military effort but lack the backing of all alliance members and are divided on the mission's leadership.
Global Europe 22-03-2011

EU divisions grow over Libya operations

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday (21 March) admitted they were divided over how to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya, but agreed to extend sanctions on the Gaddafi regime and carry on offering humanitarian assistance.
Brexit 20-03-2011

France, Britain lead operation against Gaddafi

Western forces hit targets along the Libyan coast for a second day today (20 March), using air and sea strikes to force Muammar Gaddafi's troops to cease fire and end attacks on civilians.
Global Europe 18-03-2011

Coalition builds to free Libya of Gaddafi

Only hours after the UN Security Council voted on Thursday to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and to provide help for Libyan rebels fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, a flurry of diplomatic and military activity resulted in what appears to be a "coalition of the willing" to free the country of its dictator.
Global Europe 18-03-2011

EU sees evacuating Libyans by sea as an option

As Muammar Gaddafi's forces began to bomb Benghazi, the Libyan opposition stronghold, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said yesterday (17 March) that the EU stands ready to help Libyans seeking refuge in Egypt and Tunisia and that it could consider evacuation by sea.
Med & South 18-03-2011

UN authorises use of force against Gaddafi

The UN Security Council voted late yesterday (17 March) to authorise the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya and the taking of "all necessary measures" - code for military action - to protect civilians from leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
Med & South 17-03-2011

EU watches Gaddafi prepare ‘mortal blow’ for rebels

France and the UK made a last-effort yesterday (16 March) to urge the UN Security Council to back a draft resolution that would include a no-fly zone over Libya. As the international community appears unwilling to take action, Muammar Gaddafi's troops are preparing to launch "a mortal blow" on rebel capital Benghazi.
Med & South 15-03-2011

France and Germany clash over Libya no-fly zone

France pressured G8 foreign ministers yesterday (14 March) to agree action on Libya and back its efforts to speed up a UN Security Council decision on imposing a no-fly zone, but hit opposition from partners like Germany.
Global Europe 14-03-2011

France steps up Libya no-fly zone efforts

France promised yesterday (13 March) to step up efforts to persuade its partners to impose a no-fly zone on Libya after the plan won the backing of the Arab League.
Brexit 11-03-2011

France, UK flex muscles at EU summit on Libya

Today's (11 March) EU summit took a somewhat surreal turn, after French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UK Prime Minister David Cameron left the other 25 EU leaders hanging around while they bilaterally discussed what were believed to be hardline options against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Global Europe 11-03-2011

France breaks ranks on Libya, dwarfs EU’s Ashton

France broke ranks with its European partners yesterday (10 March) by becoming the first country to recognise Libya's opposition and by deciding to "explore the possibility" of carrying out targeted bombings in the civil war-torn country. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton finds herself pushed onto the sidelines as EU leaders flock to Brussels for a crisis summit.
Med & South 10-03-2011

EU ministers tackle Libya conundrum

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today (10 March) ahead of a special summit on Friday dedicated to the ongoing civil war in Libya and to the wider Southern Mediterranean region. Ministers will reportedly assess the risk that the conflict could degenerate and drag on for a long time.
Global Europe 08-03-2011

Anti-communist leader: Arab revolutions have no clear goal

The main difference between revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989 and the current wave of 'Jasmine Revolutions' is that it is difficult to say which way the unrest in the Arab world is heading and harder to say what each of them is rejecting, Philip Dimitrov, a Bulgarian anti-communist leader, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.