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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.

Germany to take in 1,500 refugees from Greek islands, Michel urges for more EU solidarity

Germany said it will take in more than 1,500 refugees from Greece from the island of Lesbos as Berlin tried to rally a fresh EU response to a years-long migrant crisis that flared anew.
Global Europe 15-09-2020

Empires are back, Borrell tells EU lawmakers before crucial EU summit

The EU has reached a critical junction in its relations with Turkey, its chief diplomat, Josep Borrel, said on Tuesday (15 September), urging Ankara to back down from conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean and uphold basic human rights in the country.

Greek government accuses migrants of ‘burning’ Moria camp

Greece on Monday (14 September) accused migrants of deliberately burning their overcrowded camp last week on Lesbos island, where hundreds reluctantly moved to a new temporary site with "no showers or mattresses".
Global Europe 14-09-2020

Turkish vessel leaves contested waters in eastern Med

A Turkish research ship at the centre of a row with Greece over gas exploration has left disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean and returned to the coast in a move hailed as a "positive first step" by the Greek prime minister.

Greek PM promises permanent migrant centre after fire on Lesbos

Greece will build a permanent migrant reception centre on Lesbos to replace the overcrowded refugee camp destroyed by a fire last week, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday (13 September), calling for closer European involvement.
Global Europe 11-09-2020

Europe’s south tells Turkey: resume talks this month or risk sanctions

The EU will draw up a list of new sanctions on Turkey at the end of September unless Ankara comes to the negotiating table to resolve a territorial dispute with Greece and Cyprus, the EU's Mediterranean states said on Thursday (10 September).
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.
Global Europe 04-09-2020

Stoltenberg: NATO to focus on East-Med de-confliction, leaves diplomacy to Germany

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg clarified on Friday (4 September) that his statement about a deal for dialogue between Greece and Turkey referred to “technical talks” to defuse tensions and complement the diplomatic part that remains in the hands of EU presidency-holder Germany.

Greece overrules NATO’s announced launch of dialogue with Turkey

Athens denied on Thursday (3 September) a statement by NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Greece and Turkey had agreed to technical talks to defuse tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek diplomatic sources said the only way to de-escalate was for...
Global Europe 02-09-2020

Cyprus welcomes lifting of US arms embargo

Cyprus has welcomed the lifting of a US arms embargo as proof it is a "reliable partner" in the Eastern Mediterranean, as Washington's ambassador stressed the move was not aimed at Turkey.

Greece in talks with France over fighter jets, as East Med tensions rise

Greece is in talks with France and other countries over arms purchases to boost its armed forces, according to a government official, as tensions grow over energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean region. A day earlier, Greece’s finance minister said...
Global Europe 01-09-2020

Turkey defies Greece, extends Mediterranean exploration

Turkey said on Monday (31 August) that its Oruç Reis exploration vessel will now carry out seismic surveys in a disputed part of the eastern Mediterranean until 12 September, in a move likely to stoke tensions in the region.
Global Europe 31-08-2020

EU should avoid ‘Europe First’ approach, German FM says

Only if Europe is able to defuse crises in its neighbourhood on its own will Europe remain an attractive ally for the US, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday (31 August), after a week in which the bloc...
Global Europe 27-08-2020

EU-Turkey relations face make-or-break moment in Berlin  

The escalating row over maritime borders and natural gas reserves that has pitted Turkey against Greece and the rest of the EU has put the bloc's fragmented, meandering foreign policy to its gravest test in years.
Global Europe 25-08-2020

Germany demands de-escalation in Greece-Turkey row

EU powerhouse Germany told Turkey and Greece on Tuesday (25 August) to defuse their escalating row over gas exploration in the Mediterranean or risk sparking a "catastrophe".
Global Europe 21-08-2020

Merkel and Macron vow to ‘preserve’ EU sovereignty in eastern Mediterranean

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday (20 August) they would not accept attacks on EU member states’ sovereignty, amid an escalating row with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.
Global Europe 20-08-2020

Greece to ratify maritime deals with Egypt and Italy next week

The Greek parliament will discuss and ratify the maritime deals demarcating exclusive economic zones (EEZ) with Egypt and Italy next week, Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas has said.
Energy 17-08-2020

EU urges Turkey to halt gas hunt in east Mediterranean

The European Union urged Turkey on Sunday (16 August) to "immediately" stop exploring for gas in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean, as tensions rise with other countries in the region.
Global Europe 14-08-2020

EU approves Belarus sanctions, debates Turkey crisis

EU foreign affairs ministers agreed on Friday (14 August) to draw up a list of targets in Belarus for a new round of sanctions in response to strongman Alexander Lukashenko's post-election crackdown.
Coronavirus 14-08-2020

17 newly arrived migrants in Lesbos test Covid-19 positive

Greece has been lucky – 17 migrants, all from Somalia, are safely isolated at Kara Tepe camp in the island of Lesbos, a show-case reception centre on the island. But at the overcrowded Moria camp on the same island the...
Global Europe 13-08-2020

Macron: France to bolster Mediterranean military presence over Turkish prospecting

France will increase its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday (12 August), calling on Turkey to halt oil and gas exploration in disputed waters that has heightened tensions with Greece.
Global Europe 12-08-2020

Greece, US foreign ministers to meet over East Med tensions

The foreign ministers of Greece and the United States will meet in Vienna on Friday (14 August) to discuss tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Greek foreign ministry said, amid a dispute between Athens and Ankara over hydrocarbon resources.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Greece seeks emergency EU meeting on Turkey

Greece wants the EU to hold an emergency foreign ministers’ meeting, the prime minister’s office said Tuesday (11 August) amid a burgeoning row with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. Tensions were stoked Monday when Ankara sent the research ship Oruç...
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