About: Iraq

EU counter-terrorism chief: Europe ‘may see something like Daesh 2.0’

The level of terrorist threat remains "pretty serious" in several EU countries, Gilles de Kerchove, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, told EURACTIV.com in an interview hours before the latest attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday night (12 December).
Global Europe 30-05-2018

Iraqi Kurdish diplomat: Helping Middle East now would be cost-effective for Europe

Europe should engage in the Middle East by providing technical aid and promoting investment and programmes that enhance tolerance and peaceful coexistence, said Falah Mustafa Bakir in an interview.
Security 15-11-2016

Spanish ex-foreign minister: ‘Either we defend ourselves or there is no defence’

Spain's former foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, told EURACTIV Spain that now is not the time for alarmist reactions to Donald Trump's US election victory and that Brexit could provide Spain with an opportunity to increase its international standing.

Jean-Michel de Waele: ‘The European project needs to be re-established’

“The European model is dead,” Jean-Michel de Waele told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Our future model should be based on a core of six or seven countries that are capable of real political union.

Maas: ‘Radicalisation took place under our very noses’

Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas has provided his thoughts on the terror threat in Germany, his country's planned operations in Syria and the refugee crisis, in an interview with EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel.
Med & South 09-10-2015

Russian Ambassador: West should stop playing ‘double games’ in Syria

If the West is determined to fight the Islamic State, which is the international community’s common enemy in Syria and Iraq, it should concentrate on that, and stop engaging in “double games”, Russia's Ambassdor to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 23-09-2015

UN official: Europe has a ‘particular responsibility’ to help refugees’ homelands

The UN's humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, Dominik Bartsch, has called upon the international community to increase its support of the UNHCR's work. Otherwise, even more people could feel forced to make their way towards Europe. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 11-03-2015

Selim Yenel: The EU lacks vision for Cyprus reunification

If the Cyprus issue is solved, a lot could be done for the Eastern Mediterranean, for Turkish-Greek relations, for new sources of gas for the EU. But the EU unfortunately lacks a visionary perspective, Selim Yenel, Turkey's Ambassador to the EU, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 03-02-2015

Analyst: Blaming Western interventionism for all evil is far-fetched

When the West intervened in Libya, it later turned into chaos. When the West did not intervene in Syria, it turned into chaos as well. Therefore, it is hard to draw a definitive conclusion whether it is good or bad to intervene, Justin Vaïsse, director of the Policy Planning staff of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs told EURACTIV Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 07-09-2011

Archbishop: EU funds for education can return Iraq to tolerance

Christian churches in Iraq are pushing to get European funding for educational NGOs and religious schools in the country, something that can ultimately increase employment and return the country to its tolerant, multiconfessional tradition, says Archbishop Bashar Warda in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

De Kerchove: ‘We must help the Americans close Guantanamo’

The European Union has engaged in in-depth discussions with the United States over the last three years to harbour prisoners detained in the controversial US Guantanamo centre in Cuba, EU counter-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove revealed in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Security 27-01-2006

Cloos: ”You cannot end a 2.5 trillion dollar relationship”

The transatlantic relationship is of a far too wide ranging importance to be destroyed by squabbles such as the run-up to the Iraq war. The USA needs the EU and vice versa, argues Council director Jim Cloos.

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