About: Lebanon

Global Europe 13-07-2021

EU wants Lebanese sanctions regime framework by end July

The European Union said on Monday (12 July) it wanted to agree by the end of July the legal framework for a sanctions regime targeting Lebanese leaders, but cautioned that the measure would not be immediately implemented.
Global Europe 21-06-2021

Lebanon’s crisis caused by feud over power, says Borrell

The EU's foreign policy chief said a fight among Lebanese leaders is at the heart of its government crisis and he urged them to set their feud aside and form a cabinet or risk a total financial crash and sanctions.
Global Europe 02-04-2021

Germany to propose Beirut port reconstruction with ‘strings attached’

Germany will next week present a multi-billion-dollar proposal to Lebanese authorities to rebuild the Port of Beirut as part of efforts to entice the country’s politicians to form a government capable of warding off financial collapse, two sources said.

Hezbollah links seen in 2012 Israeli bus attack in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian court on Monday (21 September) sentenced two Lebanese men in their absence to life in prison over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country's Burgas airport.
Global Europe 27-08-2020

France creates reform roadmap for crisis-ridden Lebanon

French President Emmanuel Macron has created a roadmap for Lebanese politicians outlining political and financial reforms needed to unlock foreign aid and rescue the country from multiple crises including an economic meltdown.
Global Europe 19-08-2020

Hezbollah member guilty of Lebanon ex-PM’s 2005 murder

A UN-backed tribunal on Tuesday (18 August) found a member of the Hezbollah Shiite movement guilty over the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri but cleared three other suspects after a years-long trial.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Lebanon’s leaders warned in July about explosives at port, documents reveal

Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president last month that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut’s port posed a security risk and could destroy the capital if it exploded, according to documents.
Global Europe 10-08-2020

World pledges €250 million to Lebanon, to be delivered ‘directly’ to population

World leaders on Sunday (9 August) pledged more than €250 million for disaster-struck Lebanon, conference host France said, with the emergency aid to be delivered "directly" to a population reeling from the deadly port blast in Beirut.
Global Europe 07-08-2020

EU chief Michel heading to Beirut on Saturday

President of the European Council Charles Michel will head to Beirut on Saturday (8 August), ahead of a major donors conference to raise funds for the blast-damaged Lebanese capital Beirut.
Global Europe 07-08-2020

EU releases 33 million euros emergency aid for Beirut blast

The European Union announced Thursday (6 August) that it had released €33 million to finance initial emergency aid for Lebanon and mobilised material resources, including an Italian hospital ship, to help relief efforts in Beirut, devastated Tuesday by two explosions.
Politics 06-08-2020

EU Commission ready to help Lebanon with preferential trade

The European Commission is ready to help Lebanon with preferential trade and customs backing, president Ursula Von der Leyen said on Thursday (6 August) after a phone call with Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
Global Europe 06-08-2020

In Beirut, Macron says Lebanese leaders need to hear ‘home truths’

Lebanon mourned on Thursday (6 August) the victims of the most powerful blast to hit a country that has already been struck down by an economic crisis, as rescuers searched for those missing since the explosion flattened Beirut port and devastated the city.
Global Europe 05-08-2020

‘Urgent deployment’ of rescuers to Beirut: EU

The European Union said Wednesday (5 August)  it would rush rescuers, search dogs and equipment to Beirut to look for any survivors trapped in rubble after the massive blast that struck the city.
Global Europe 05-08-2020

Toll expected to rise in blast that shook Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands

Lebanese rescue workers dug through the rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut on Tuesday (4 August), killing 78 people and injuring nearly 4,000 in a toll that officials expected to rise.
Global Europe 27-07-2018

Syria: Why the refugee crisis continues

750,000 Syrians have returned to their homes since the beginning of the year. At the same time, more than 900,000 people have become refugees. An analysis by EURACTIV Germany's media partner Der Tagesspiegel.
Global Europe 26-04-2018

Syria donors fall short without US aid, warn of cruel end-game

International donors raised $4.4 billion in emergency aid for Syria and its neighbours this year on Wednesday (25 April), but the total fell well short of the UN target for 2018 after the United States failed to submit a pledge.
Development Policy 28-02-2018

A school for refugees in Lebanon

Kawkab School stands in the middle of the narrow streets of Beddawi refugee camp, in North Lebanon.  A safe haven for children who dream of a better life.  EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Politics 11-12-2017

Netanyahu makes appearance at EU foreign affairs meeting

Today’s (11 December) Foreign Affairs Council begins with a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against the background of the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalm as the capital of Israel.
Global Europe 11-12-2017

Erdogan and Macron take lead in urging US to turn back on Jerusalem decision

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and France's Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday (9 December).
Development Policy 12-09-2017

World Bank: More than reconstruction, post-conflict Syria will need development aid

The economic disorganisation of Syrian society, lost connectivity and destruction of business networks has an impact on GDP 20 times bigger than the destruction of buildings, World Bank officials have told EURACTIV.com.
Elections 22-02-2017

Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon’s grand mufti over headscarf

French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday (21 February) with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

UNICEF denounces lack of aid for refugee children

In a new report, UNICEF outlines the dramatic situation in which millions of children currently find themselves. Worldwide, one in nine children is a victim of violence or armed conflict. The report spoke of a "new era of humanitarian crises". EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 15-06-2016

UNHCR warns of ‘collective failure’ following London donor conference

The UNHCR warned of a “collective failure” by the international community to deliver on pledges made to help the countries which bear the heaviest burden of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Less than 2% of Syrian refugees resettled

Rich countries have so far relocated only a tiny fraction of the five million refugees that have fled Syria since the conflict began five years ago, according to a report by Oxfam. EURACTIV France reports.