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Global Europe 09-08-2018

Jordan says Palestinian refugees at risk with UN agency in crisis

Jordan warned on Wednesday (8 August) that a severe financial shortfall facing a United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees could have a "catastrophic" impact on the lives of millions of refugees in the region.
Global Europe 16-05-2018

In Sofia, EU leaders will seek united front on Trump

European Union leaders will try to forge a united response at a summit today (16 May) to US President Donald Trump's shock decisions on the Iran nuclear deal and trade tariffs.
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 06-04-2018

EU calls on Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian children

Alarmed by the conditions of Palestinian children in the Israeli military judicial system, the EU has called on Israel, through its representatives in Jerusalem and Ramallah, to respect the children's rights. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Global Europe 13-10-2017

Hamas, Fatah sign deal on Palestinian reconciliation

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement on Thursday (12 October) on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with president Mahmud Abbas calling it a "final" accord.
Development Policy 30-08-2016

Aid NGO calls for transparency in Hamas ‘donations’ trial

One of the world biggest development NGOs is locked in a battle with Israel over opening up the trial of one of its employees accused of siphoning off donations to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

Israel approves hundreds of new settler homes after attacks

Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, an official said yesterday (4 July), in a move denounced by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and likely to further raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks.
Global Europe 29-06-2016

Turkey, Israel sign deal to normalise ties after six years

Turkey and Israel signed a deal on Tuesday (28 June) to restore ties after a six-year rift, formalising an agreement which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said sent a “hopeful signal” for regional stability.
Med & South 12-10-2015

EU calls for restraint as some see a third Intifada start

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday (11 October) and stressed that any reaction to a latest escalation of violence should be proportionate.
Med & South 28-05-2015

Blair steps down as Middle East envoy

Former British premier Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organisation said yesterday (27 May), after eight years of struggling to break ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Bernd Lucke, one of the key founders of the Eurosceptic Alternative  for Germany party, speaks in Berlin. [Carlos Pinguin/Flickr]

AfD supporters lean towards xenophobia and fascism, research says

Germany’s middle-class is shifting rightwards, according to a study by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, finding Eurosceptic AfD’s followers in particular supporting right-wing extremist and chauvinist ways of thinking. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 05-09-2014

EU aid to Palestine ‘cannot continue indefinitely’ without results

SPECIAL REPORT: European frustration with the glacial pace of moves to Palestinian statehood could lead to the bloc’s aid contributions to the region becoming unsustainable in as little as 3-4 years, officials say.
Development Policy 03-09-2014

EU source: Gaza reconstruction aid is ‘made in Israel’

SPECIAL REPORT: A row is brewing over claims that Israel is earning millions of euros from a de facto policy of preventing non-Israeli reconstruction aid from entering the Gaza Strip.  
People march and protest against Gaza strip bombing in solidarity with Palestinians on July 26, 2014 in Milan [Photo: Shutterstock]
Global Europe 07-08-2014

Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing

Germany, France and Britain have proposed reactivating a European Union mission on the Egypt-Gaza border to help stabilise the Palestinian enclave after a month-long war, a German diplomatic source said on Wednesday.
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Global Europe 23-07-2014

EU calls for an “immediate ceasefire” in the Middle East

On Wednesday, EU Foreign Affairs ministers expressed their concern at the continued escalation of violence in Gaza and called for “an immediate cessation” of the hostilities.
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, at the press conference following the EU summit in Brussels, 16 July 2014 [Photo: The Council of the European Union]
Global Europe 17-07-2014

EU leaders call on Israelis, Palestinians to end violence

European Union leaders on Wednesday (16 July) called on Israelis and Palestinians to end violence and said they welcomed efforts, particularly from Egypt, to broker a cease-fire following more than a week of warfare.

An unsustainable refugee crisis

Few issues polarise public opinion more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whether it's Europe, or the United States, the problem is the same. One of the main reasons why is the ongoing crisis of what to do with the descendants of the 700,000 plus refugees, created by the first Arab-Israeli war, in 1948. Spread around the world, their numbers today exceed 5 million.
Global Europe 16-11-2012

EU ministers caution Israel over escalation in Gaza

France, Germany and Belgium have expressed concern about the escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, while in Brussels the EU's foreign chief and European Parliament president called on both partiess to stop hostilities and avoid further casualties.
Global Europe 15-11-2012

The relevance of Israel and Gaza

This is the reality of the current round of the Palestinian-Israeli war: It matters to the Palestinians and Israelis but not to the world, beyond those who demand a world that is just and whose definition of justice is what they believe to be just, writes Stratfor.
Global Europe 21-03-2012

What happened to the state-building project in Palestine?

The recent World Bank report which draws a bleak picture of Palestinian state building projects reveals the real problem which is the absence of political objectives behind those initiatives, argues Dimitris Bouris.
Global Europe 12-09-2011

Why crisis between Turkey and Israel is hurting everyone

The recent downgrade in Turkish-Israeli relations is not beneficial to either country, leaving Israel more isolated and depriving Turkey of its role as a mediator at a time of acute instability and change in the region, argue Emiliano Alessandri and Joshua Walker of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Global Europe 09-05-2011

Israeli ambassador: Recognising Palestinian state could spark ‘eruption of violence’

Palestinian plans to take a statehood bid to the UN in September could spark bloodshed, warns Israel's ambassador to Brussels, Ran Curiel. Instead, he argues, the EU should stand by the Quartet's principles and so help Israel to negotiate a Palestinian state. 
Global Europe 19-07-2010

Ashton calls on Israel to ease Gaza blockade

Israel should ease its Gaza blockade further and allow Palestinians to resume exports from the territory, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday (18 July) during a visit to the Hamas-controlled enclave.
Global Europe 10-06-2010

Turkey spearheads new approach to Gaza

Turkey's minister of European affairs and chief EU negotiator, Egemen Bagi?, made a bold appeal for the embargo on Gaza to be lifted on a visit to Brussels yesterday (9 June). At the same time in Washington, US President Barack Obama described the current situation there as "unsustainable" and called for "a new approach".