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Global Europe 19-11-2021

One Belarus border camp cleared as Iraqis fly home

A makeshift migrant camp on Belarus' border with Poland has been cleared, Minsk said Thursday (18 November), as hundreds of Iraqis who failed to make the crossing to enter the European Union returned home.
Global Europe 15-11-2021

Iraq to start repatriating citizens from Belarus on ‘voluntary’ basis

The Iraqi government said it was organising a repatriation flight this Thursday (18 November) for its citizens stuck on the Poland-Belarus border on a "voluntary" basis.
Global Europe 08-11-2021

Iraqi PM escapes ‘assassination attempt’ drone blast

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi escaped unhurt from an “assassination attempt” in which an explosives-packed drone hit his Baghdad residence early Sunday (7 November), a new escalation in the country’s post-election turmoil. US President Joe Biden condemned the “terrorist attack”...
Global Europe 23-08-2021

Borrell: EU should prepare for the next crises – Iraq, Sahel

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the chaotic international evacuation effort shows that Europe needs to develop its own military capacity independent of the United States, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell argues.
Europe's East 12-08-2021

370 Iraqi would-be migrants to EU flown home from Belarus

Iraq has repatriated 370 of its nationals from the Belarus border with Lithuania, a government source said Wednesday (11 August), after accusations that Minsk has been encouraging unauthorised arrivals of migrants to the EU.
Global Europe 12-08-2021

Latvia starts pushing back migrants at tense Belarus border

Latvian border guards turned back dozens of migrants into Belarus overnight under a new state of emergency designed to stem a flow of arrivals the European Union says is orchestrated by Minsk.
Europe's East 10-08-2021

EU sees ‘significant decrease’ in Lithuania arrivals

The European Union on Tuesday said there had been a "significant decrease" in migrants crossing the border from Belarus into Lithuania after Iraq halted flights to Minsk.
Global Europe 15-07-2021

Baghdad to Lithuania: How Belarus opened new migration route to EU

Days after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to flood Europe with migrants, dozens of mostly Iraqi Kurds started arriving in Lithuania. In a cross-border investigation spanning Lithuania, Belarus and Iraq, EURACTIV's media partner LRT.lt digs into the new migrant smuggling scheme.
Europe's East 06-07-2021

EU condemns Belarus ‘pressuring’ Lithuania with migrants, says Michel

The European Union "speaks with one voice" in condemning a decision by Belarus to allow illegal migrants to cross into Lithuania in response to EU sanctions, European Council President Charles Michel said on Monday (5 July).
Global Europe 29-06-2021

Undeclared conflict? America’s battles with Iran-backed militia escalate

US President Joe Biden’s latest strikes against Iran-backed militia in Syria and Iraq were not the first nor likely the last of his young presidency.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

Vaccine doses pass one billion mark globally, but many nations lag behind

The number of Covid-19 jabs administered globally surpassed the one billion mark on Saturday (24 April), offering hope even as the number of virus cases worldwide hit a new daily record mainly due to an explosion of infections in India.
Global Europe 08-03-2021

‘Peace more powerful than war’, Pope Francis says in Iraq’s ruined city of Mosul

Pope Francis heard Muslim and Christian residents in the ruined Iraqi city of Mosul tell of their lives under brutal Islamic State rule, blessing their vow to rise up from ashes and promising them “fraternity is more durable than fratricide.”

NATO to agree larger Iraq training force as violence rises

NATO defence ministers are set to expand the military alliance's training mission in Iraq once the coronavirus pandemic eases, senior officials and diplomats said, potentially cementing a broader role for the Atlantic alliance in the Middle East.
Global Europe 22-01-2021

Islamic State claims Baghdad twin bombing that killed 32, wounded 110

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a twin suicide bombing that killed 32 people and wounded 110 at a crowded market in central Baghdad on Thursday (21 January).

Growing number of Turkish citizens apply for asylum in Germany

Since the attempted coup in Turkey in summer 2016, the number of asylum applications submitted by Turkish citizens in Germany has increased significantly. In 2019, Turkish asylum seekers were the third-most-registered group, after Syrians and Iraqis, according to the country's agency for migration and refugees (BAMF). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 25-03-2020

Russia joins UN’s appeal for global ceasefire, lists conflicts by name

Russia’s foreign ministry published a statement on Wednesday (25 March) urging all parties to regional armed conflicts to immediately stop hostilities, secure a ceasefire, and introduce a humanitarian pause, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

NATO willing to expand Iraqi training mission to meet Trump demand

NATO is considering an increase to its training mission in Iraq to relieve the burden on the US-led coalition against Islamic State, senior officials and diplomats said on Tuesday (11 February).
Enlargement 21-01-2020

Czech FM: Visegrad countries will continue to promote EU enlargement

The Visegrad countries will need some time to close the ditches they have dug in recent years, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told EURACTIV.cz in an interview. He also voiced doubts about the need for a reform of EU membership negotiations, demanded by France, saying the process is already reversible at any stage.

Von der Leyen fails to convince that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’

New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was put on the spot during her visit to Zagreb on Friday (10 January). Asked how she would prove that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’, given the EU's weak response to growing challenges in the region, von der Leyen failed to provide convincing answers.
Global Europe 07-01-2020

NATO, EU call on Iran to avoid ‘further provocations’

Tehran should avoid “further violence and provocations”, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Monday (6 January) evening following an extraordinary meeting between Alliance members, as tensions mount in the Middle East after US forces killed Iran’s top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani....
Global Europe 06-01-2020

Iran’s supreme leader weeps as vast crowd mourns slain general in Tehran

Iran's supreme leader wept in grief with hundreds of thousands of mourners thronging Tehran's streets on Monday (6 January) for the funeral of military commander Qassem Soleimani, killed by a US drone on the orders of US President Donald Trump.
Global Europe 06-01-2020

EU foreign ministers to hold emergency Iran talks on Friday

EU foreign ministers will hold emergency talks on the Iran crisis later this week on Friday as tensions rise after US forces killed an Iranian general in a drone strike, diplomats said on Monday (6 January).
Global Europe 05-01-2020

Trump threatens to hit 52 Iranian targets, Borrell urges ‘de-escalation’

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Saturday (4 January) stressed the "need for de-escalation" after the US assassination of a top Iranian in Baghdad, while US President Donald Trump threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or US assets.
Global Europe 03-01-2020

‘Geopolitical’ Europe could struggle to take shape in troublesome 2020

Among the many foreign policy challenges facing the EU in 2020, the main theme will be how to assert itself on the world stage against China, the US and Russia, while upholding multilateralism and at least a semblance of global order.