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.
The EU can play an effective role to achieve the main objective which is the two-state solution. Initially, it should recognise Palestine based on the 1967 borders and condition it with disarming Hamas, writes Hamid Bahrami.
Saudi Arabia and several of its allies yesterday (5 June) cut relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to have hit the region in years. Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and the...
The European Union's top court took a step toward confirming the removal of Hamas, as well as the Tamil Tigers, from an EU terrorism blacklist despite protestations from Israel and the Sri Lankan government.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière yesterday (17 August) defended a leaked government report alleging Turkey was a hub for Islamist groups, a charge that has further strained tensions with Ankara, a key partner in efforts to stem mass migration.
While the world’s attention has been fixed on the weak nuclear agreement signed in Vienna this week, a humanitarian crisis is brewing for thousands of Iranian refugees in Iraq, writes Struan Stevenson.
The European Parliament has voted in favour of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The final resolution was heavily watered down in order to obtain the support of Europe's right wing parties. EURACTIV France reports.
The European Court of Justice ordered on Wednesday (17 December) that Hamas be removed from the EU list of terrorist organisations, giving member states three months to provide evidence to review the ruling.
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.
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.
Israeli officials are warning of a potential return to violence and Palestinian leaders of an end to the Oslo peace process, as the diplomatic battle over a planned UN vote on Palestinian statehood heats up across Europe.
In a phone conversation with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned the EU of the potential consequences of Fatah-Hamas reconciliation as the two groups prepare to sign a unity deal in Cairo today (2 May). He asked Brussels to adopt a cautious approach.
The Palestinian envoy to Brussels, Leila Shahid, has called on the EU to support the new 'technocratic' Palestinian Authority (PA), agreed between Fatah and Hamas as a step towards unity and reconciliation.
The European Union yesterday (22 February) condemned the use of fraudulent EU passports by the killers of a Palestinian militant in Dubai, indicating discontent with Israel without referring to the country directly. The Israeli foreign minister said Europeans had been watching "too many James Bond movies".
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