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Global Europe 23-01-2020

Global Europe Brief: EU’s leverage in Libya

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.
Global Europe 20-01-2020

EU to use revamped ‘Operation Sophia’ to enforce Libyan arms embargo

EU foreign minister decided on Monday (20 January) to revive a maritime surveillance mission in the Mediterranean to enforce a potential cease-fire in Libya and a UN arms embargo against the country’s warring parties. Meanwhile, the bloc is scrambling to...
Global Europe 20-01-2020

EU sidelined as Berlin summit thrashes out shaky Libya ceasefire

World powers at a Berlin Conference on Sunday (19 January), attended by the main backers of the rival Libyan factions, committed to end military support for the civil war parties and uphold an existing UN arms embargo.
Global Europe 16-01-2020

Athens smarting after exclusion from German-hosted Libya conference

Germany’s decision not to invite Greece to a conference on the Libya crisis next Sunday (19 January) while Turkey will attend the meeting, has left the Greek government smarting from a  perceived diplomatic snub.
Global Europe 14-01-2020

Merkel and Putin’s forced ‘rapprochement’

Russia's international influence has led to stronger cooperation between German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But what can both leaders achieve? EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel does a Q&A.
Global Europe 14-01-2020

Libya peace talks in Moscow fall short of ceasefire deal

Libya’s warring leaders made some progress at indirect peace talks in Moscow on Monday (13 January) but failed to agree on an open-ended ceasefire to end a nine-month war over the capital Tripoli.

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 08-01-2020

Libya PM in Brussels as EU seeks ways to ease crisis

EU leaders met the head of Libya's UN-recognised government on Wednesday (8 January) as they scramble to contain the escalating crisis on their southern flank amid concerns about illegal migration and terrorism.
Global Europe 07-01-2020

Four top EU countries hold emergency talks on Iran, Libya crisis

Foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and Italy held emergency talks on Iran and Lybia in Brussels on Tuesday (7 January), as the EU continued struggling to find a united response to the two escalating crises in its neighbourhood.
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 03-01-2020

Before Libya, Turkey’s main military operations abroad

After Turkey's parliament passed a bill on Thursday (2 January) approving a deployment of armed forces to Libya, here is a look back at some of the other Turkish military operations abroad.

Turkish parliament readying bill to allow sending troops to Libya

Turkey may need to draft a bill to allow for troop deployment to Libya and its parliament is working on the issue, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Tuesday (24 Decembrer), after Ankara signed a military cooperation agreement with Tripoli last month.
Global Europe 16-12-2019

Turkey raises prospect to send troops to Libya

Turkey moved closer to military support for Libya's internationally recognised government late on Saturday (14 December) when a bilateral deal that provides for a quick reaction force if requested by Tripoli was sent to parliament.
Energy 10-12-2019

Turkey-Libya Mediterranean deal is about energy and extending Ankara’s influence

Ankara’s moves in the Mediterranean Sea reflect President Erdoğan’s ambitions to make Turkey a leading country. But its unilateralism is unnecessarily aggravating tensions in the region and, as usual, leaves it to Brussels and Washington to sort it out, writes Henri J Barkey.
Global Europe 18-11-2019

Arab uprisings: spring time continues

Since the rapture of the 2011 Arab uprisings, starting in Tunisia and sweeping through North Africa and the Middle East – most notably engulfing Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Yemen – a bitter aftertaste of repression and civil war lingers, writes Sharon Lecocq.

SOS Méditerranée relaunches migrant rescue missions off Libya

Humanitarian group SOS Méditerranée said Sunday (21 July) it has relaunched rescue efforts off Libya seven months after it abandoned operations using its ship Aquarius and despite a refusal by European ports to accept the migrants.

Malta to relocate 65 migrants after rescue ships defy Italy ban

Malta's prime minister said Sunday (7 July) his country would relocate to other EU nations 65 migrants from the Alan Kurdi rescue ship, after two other boats defied efforts to stop them landing in neighbouring Italy.
Global Europe 03-07-2019

At least 40 killed in strike on Tripoli migrant detention centre

An air strike late on Tuesday (2 July) hit a detention centre for mainly African migrants in a suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80, a health official said.
Global Europe 28-06-2019

‘Unrealistic’ to think Libya can operate all rescues at sea, UN Special Envoy says

In spite of the drop in numbers of crossing, the death rate in the Central Mediterranean has increased over the past few months. EURACTIV talked to UNHCR Special Envoy Vincent Cochetel about the situation in the world deadliest border.  
Global Europe 26-06-2019

20,000 migrants rescued from Sahara in three years: IOM

Nearly 20,000 migrants have been rescued from the Sahara desert in Niger over the past three years, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday (25 June).

Sarkozy to go on trial after final appeal fails

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy is to go on trial facing charges of corruption and influence peddling after losing his final bid to avert appearing in the dock, sources close to the case said Wednesday (19 June).

CDU party chief wants Germany to reach 2% NATO spending target

The leader of German Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), stated on Wednesday (12 June) that German military expenditures would have to be raised to NATO's 2% spending target, while former Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel proposed splitting Germany's military spending into two funds. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Commission unmoved by accusations of ‘crimes against humanity’

The European Commission defended on Monday (3 June) its track record of saving lives in the Mediterranean, faced with accusations of "“crimes against humanity” substantiated in a 245-page report by international lawyers, brought before the International Criminal Court.
Global Europe 02-05-2019

Libya coast guard detains 113 migrants during lull in fighting

The Libyan coast guard has stopped 113 migrants trying to reach Italy over the past two days, the United Nations said on Wednesday (1 May), as boat departures resume following a lull in fighting between rival forces in Libya.

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