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Global Europe 19-09-2019

Washington sees ‘many options short of war’ with Iran after attacks on Saudis

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (18 September) there were many options short of war with Iran after US ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was "unquestionably sponsored" by Tehran.
Energy 17-09-2019

Saudi attack will jolt oil markets out of ‘complacency’ over Gulf tensions – analysts

The price of oil has seemed relatively immune to heightened tensions in the Gulf, but this weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities means markets will now be more skittish.
Global Europe 16-09-2019

Trump says US ‘locked and loaded’ for potential response to Saudi oil attack

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (15 September) that the United States was "locked and loaded" for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, after a senior official in his administration said Iran was to blame.
Global Europe 11-09-2019

Trump fires foreign policy hawk Bolton, citing strong disagreements

US President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hard-line aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia.
Global Europe 09-09-2019

Iran slams European powers as nuclear deal unravels

Iran's atomic agency chief hit out Sunday (8 September) at European powers, saying their broken promises gave the Islamic republic little choice but to scale back its commitments under a nuclear deal.
Energy 09-09-2019

US will sanction whoever purchases Iran’s oil, official says

The United States will continue to impose sanctions on whoever purchases Iran's oil or conducts business with Iran's Revolutionary Guards and no oil waivers will be re-issued, a US official said on Sunday (8 September).
Global Europe 03-09-2019

Pompeo’s visit to Brussels is an opportunity for a unified Iran strategy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s two-day visit to Brussels (2 and 3 September) is an excellent opportunity to address several important issues for the cross-Atlantic relations and have a unified strategy in addressing them as Europe is going to have a new leadership, Giulio Terzi writes.
Azerbaijan 03-09-2019

Turkmenistan should promote the Trans-Caspian Pipeline more actively

Iran and Russia are opposing the implementation of the Trans-Caspian project, which is supported by Azerbaijan and is in the EU’s interest, writes Shahnar Hajiev.
Global Europe 27-08-2019

Trump ready to meet Iranian president in potential breakthrough

US President Donald Trump said Monday (26 August) at the G7 summit that he is prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart within weeks in what would amount to a stunning change of direction in the two countries' smouldering standoff.
Economy & Jobs 27-08-2019

Macron wraps ‘very unifying’ G7 summit with Trump

French President Emmanuel Macron steered a tense G7 summit towards a happy conclusion on Monday (26 August), in what will be remembered as one of the most conciliatory gatherings since Donald Trump took over the US presidency.
Global Europe 26-08-2019

G7 weekend sum-up: Trump deepens divisions by pushing for Russia’s readmission

The readmission of Russia in the Group of Seven most industrialised countries became a bone of contention between Donald Trump and his partners during a summit held in Biarritz (France), as the Europeans and Canada insisted on maintaining the group as a “club of liberal democracies”.
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Iranian tanker at centre of standoff with West leaves Gibraltar

The Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar on Sunday night, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a US request to detain the vessel further.
Global Europe 16-08-2019

Gibraltar decides to free seized Iranian tanker, US threatens sanctions on crew

Britain's Mediterranean territory Gibraltar decided on Thursday (15 August) to free a seized Iranian oil tanker, but did not immediately indicate when or if the ship would set sail after the United States launched a new, last-minute legal bid to hold it.
China 12-08-2019

Trump security adviser to urge tougher UK stance on Iran and China

John Bolton, US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, arrived in London on the weekend for talks at which he is expected to urge Britain to toughen its stance on Iran and Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei.
Global Europe 09-08-2019

Trump accuses France’s Macron of sending ‘mixed signals’ to Iran

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (8 August) said no one is authorized to speak to Iran on behalf of the United States, and he accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending "mixed signals" to Tehran over possible talks.
Global Europe 31-07-2019

Germany ‘very sceptical’ about US mission for Strait of Hormuz

Germany's Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday (31 July) he was very sceptical about a request by the United States to join a military mission for the Strait of Hormuz.
Global Europe 29-07-2019

At Vienna crisis meeting, Iran links tanker row to ailing nuclear deal

Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran gathered for talks in the Austrian capital on Sunday (28 July), a month after a similar meeting failed to achieve a breakthrough to salvage the fragile nuclear accord.
Global Europe 24-07-2019

France, Italy, Denmark back European-led naval mission for Hormuz

France, Italy and Denmark gave initial support for a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, proposed after Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker, three senior EU diplomats said on Tuesday (23 July).
Global Europe 23-07-2019

Britain calls for European naval mission to counter Iran’s ‘piracy’

Britain called on Monday (22 July) for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, days after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in what London described as an act of “state piracy” in the strategic waterway.
Energy 17-07-2019

How vulnerable is Europe to conflict in the Strait of Hormuz?

NEWS ANALYSIS / The involvement of a British tanker in the latest military incident with Iran in the crucial oil shipment choke point has pulled Europe into the fray.

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 15-07-2019

Mogherini cautions against ‘dangerous adventures’ in the Middle East

The European Union fully backs Iraq's efforts to de-escalate growing tensions between the United States and Iran because conflict will have dire consequences for all sides, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Saturday (13 July).
Global Europe 08-07-2019

Iran makes new nuclear threats that would reverse steps in pact

Iran threatened on Monday (8 July) to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up its enrichment of uranium to 20% purity as its next potential big moves away from a 2015 nuclear agreement that Washington abandoned last year. The threats, made...
Global Europe 05-07-2019

Iran condemns detention of oil supertanker in Gibraltar

Iran on Thursday (4 July) condemned the "illegal interception" of one of its oil tankers in Gibraltar where authorities said they suspected it was carrying crude to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

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