About: Iran nuclear talks

EU urges Iran’s full compliance with nuclear deal

EU ministers called for Iran to fully comply with its embattled nuclear deal, and reiterated their regret at the US’ withdrawal, at a foreign affairs ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday (15 July). EU ministers discussed how to preserve the...
Global Europe 04-05-2018

Europeans push last bid to salvage Iran deal, but work on plan B

European powers still want to hand Donald Trump next week a plan to save the Iran nuclear deal, but they have also started work on protecting EU-Iranian business ties if the US president makes good on a threat to withdraw.
Global Europe 02-02-2018

Europe ponders the US Iran nuclear deal threats over its companies

Europe has to decide what to do in case the US makes good on its threat to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran. The alternative is to agree to tighter terms proposed by Washington that could hit European companies.
Global Europe 02-02-2018

Why the EU needs a dual strategy for Iran

After a series of violent protests in Iran against the government, the European Union must do its best to preserve the nuclear deal while simultaneously point out the violation of human rights as part of a dual strategy, argues Elmar Brok.
Global Europe 02-10-2017

Slovenia rocked by Iran-related money laundering scandal

Slovenia’s state prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into claims that the country's biggest state-owned bank, Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB), may have laundered nearly €1bn from Iran between 2008 and 2010, breaking an international embargo and failing to enforce rules on the financing of terrorism.

Mogherini steals the show in Iran, warns US

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini confirmed on Saturday (5 August) the Union’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal and referring to the US, she urged “all parties” to implement it.
Global Europe 04-08-2017

Mogherini’s attendance at Rouhani’s inauguration encourages Iranian impunity

Attending Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration in the midst of a series of revelations is morally and politically unconscionable, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras, as it suggests the EU will look the other way on actual abuses as long as there are pleasant-sounding promises coming out of a small faction within the Iranian regime.
Global Europe 14-04-2016

Commission embarks on business trip to Tehran, despite renewed sanctions

Eight European Commissioners will make a landmark visit to Iran on 16 April, an announcement which comes on the same week that member states extended a raft of targeted sanctions against the country for its poor human rights record.
Global Europe 20-01-2016

Kazakhstan: Disarmament is key

Recent terror attacks should renew international leaders' determination to defeat extremist groups and the ideology that propels them, writes Erlan Idrissov.
Security 19-01-2016

It’s time for Iran to become a constructive partner in Middle East

The fact that Iran managed to come to an agreement not just with the United States, but also with Russia, the EU and China shows that it is able to build confidence with a diverse array of players, writes Dr Willem Oosterveldt.
Security 18-01-2016

Mogherini: Iran sanctions over

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, representing the six world powers, announced the lifting of "multilateral and national" sanctions in Vienna on Saturday (16 January), saying the nuclear deal showed that intense diplomacy could resolve even "the most difficult issues".
Global Europe 15-01-2016

Rouhani the moderate? Time to think again

Iran’s leader, Hassan Rouhani, was hailed as a moderate with whom the West could repair and build bridges, but his regime’s constant human rights violations and breaches of UN resolutions should mean that he be held accountable for the destabilisation of the region, writes Tunne Kelam.
Global Europe 27-11-2015

Turkish Ambassador: EU accession is our strategic choice

Turkey upholds “European values” much better than some EU countries, the Turkish Ambassador to Poland, Yusuf Ziya Özcan, told EURACTIV Poland.
Global Europe 16-10-2015

Revitalising the Middle East Quartet post-Blair?

As the Middle East Quartet comes back to life, the EU must allow its member states to play an active role in the informal international group, to promote peace in the region, writes Nimrod Goren.

European Day Against the Death Penalty: Time for EU to speak out on Iran

In the wake of the successful nuclear deal, Iran has lauded its newly-improved relations with the West. Yet, its continuing use of the death penalty is unacceptable. President Martin Schulz's visit is the perfect occasion to take a stand, writes Belgian MEP Gérard Deprez.
Global Europe 05-10-2015

Merkel reported to be among favourites for Nobel Peace Prize

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emerged among the contenders to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Also under consideration are Pope Francis, a Russian newspaper and the parties involved in this year's Iran nuclear deal.
Global Europe 02-10-2015

Europe should speak out about Iran’s appalling rights record

Despite the recent nuclear agreement deal signed with Iran, problems with Tehran persist. Chief among these is the issue of human rights, writes Ryszard Czarnecki.
Energy 14-07-2015

Mogherini on Iran nuclear deal: ‘This is a historic day’

“This achievement is the result of a collective effort. No one ever thought it would be easy. Historic decisions never are,” said EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini after Iran and six major world powers including the EU reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday.
Global Europe 14-07-2015

World powers reach nuclear deal with Iran, Israel cries foul

Iran and six major world powers including the EU reached a nuclear deal today (14 July), capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East.
Global Europe 06-07-2015

Mogherini optimistic about Iran talks

A nuclear deal with Iran is "very close" after almost two years of negotiations, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Sunday (5 July).
Global Europe 05-06-2015

Unseating the mullahs from power in Iran

As the June 31 deadline for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programs draws closer, there are no signs that Tehran is ready accept the terms of the international community, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras. it’s high time for Western leaders to support the democratic opposition and permanently unseat the mullahs from power, he argues.
Global Europe 15-04-2015

Germany criticises Russia’s decision to sell Iran missiles

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke out yesterday (14 April) against Russia's decision to prepare to deliver missile systems to Iran, before a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in the northern German city of Lübeck.
Global Europe 14-04-2015

Russia to deliver missiles to Iran, and open oil-for-goods business

Russia paved the way Monday (13 April) for missile system deliveries to Iran, and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran.
Global Europe 03-04-2015

Nuclear sanctions on Iran to be lifted if it meets deal

A raft of global sanctions imposed on Iran over its alleged nuclear activities will be lifted over time, if the Islamic Republic sticks to the terms of a final deal with the global powers reached on Thursday (2 April) after 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.

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