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Global Europe 17-05-2022

Libya capital rocked by deadly battle as rival PM vies for power

Gunfire rocked oil-rich Libya's capital for several hours Tuesday (17 May) as a rival prime minister attempted to oust interim premier Abdulhamid Dbeibah, threatening another escalation in the war-torn country.
EU-Africa 31-01-2022

Amnesty slams five years of EU-Libya migrant deal

An EU-Libya deal under which migrants desperate to reach Europe are turned back and held in "hellish" conditions must be ended, Amnesty International said on Monday, the pact's fifth anniversary.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

EU reports ‘positive signs’ in Libya despite poll delay

The EU will continue to train the Libyan coastguard to control migration and border security, and sees ‘some positive signs’ despite the postponement of elections in the war torn North African state last month.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

NGO: Human lives at stake as Italy blocks migrant rescue ship

Delays caused by the blocking of the Ocean Viking rescue ship by Italian port authorities have put human lives at stake, Julia Schaefermeyer, communications officer at SOS Mediterranean, the NGO that charters the vessel, has told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 11-01-2022

Italy blocks migrant rescue ship after inspection

Authorities in the Sicilian port of Trapani detained the Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship following an 11-hour inspection, the group that operates the vessel said Tuesday.
Global Europe 15-11-2021

Son of former Libyan dictator Gaddafi runs for president

The son of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi appeared for nearly the first time in a decade on Sunday (14 November) to register as a presidential candidate for a December vote planned to help end the years of chaos since...
Global Europe 09-09-2021

Borrell says EU can ‘do more’ to aid Libya polls

The European Union is "ready to do more" to help Libya organise elections planned for December, the bloc's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said Wednesday (8 September) in Tripoli.
Global Europe 09-09-2021

Chizhov: Russia is well-placed to play a constructive role in Afghanistan

In a wide-ranging interview, the Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov discussed Afghanistan, the ‘Crimea Platform’, carbon border tax, COVID and vaccines, and the new political season.
Development Policy 03-09-2021

Ministers call for OSCE-type conference for the Mediterranean

The 2015-2016 refugee crisis must not repeat itself in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, foreign ministers of Mediterranean countries stressed at Bled Strategic Forum on Thursday (2 September), calling for more cooperation in the region.
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.
Global Europe 17-08-2021

Libya political upturn boosts migrant exodus

As violence in Libya has waned this year, the number of would-be migrants to Europe intercepted so far has doubled compared to the same period of 2020, experts say.
Global Europe 09-08-2021

Hundreds of migrants find safe port in Italy

More than 250 migrants disembarked in Sicily on Saturday (7 August) from an NGO rescue ship, while another vessel carrying around 550 people was given permission to land on the Italian island.
Global Europe 02-08-2021

NGO ships rescue over 400 people from Mediterranean

Three NGOs said Sunday (1 August) that they rescued more than 400 people trying to cross the Mediterranean overnight after their boat ran into trouble.

Amnesty says migrants in Libyan camps forced to trade sex for clean water

Amnesty International said on Thursday (14 July) that migrants held in Libyan detention camps are subject to horrific sexual violence at the hands of guards, including being forced to barter sex for clean water, food and access to sanitation. The...
Global Europe 07-07-2021

Italy prosecutors to probe Libya coastguards firing at migrants

Italian prosecutors said on Wednesday (7 July) they are seeking permission from the foreign ministry to launch a probe into footage purportedly showing the Libyan coastguard firing at a migrant boat in the Mediterranean. If approved, the criminal investigation would...
Global Europe 25-06-2021

EU presses Turkey to maintain calm hoping for better ties

EU leaders on Thursday (24 June) pressed Turkey to keep de-escalating tensions with the bloc as they eyed improving ties with Ankara after a spike in tensions last year over the eastern Mediterranean.

Women migrants reduced to sex slaves in Libya ‘hell’

For Aisha, sexual slavery was something you only heard about happening to others in television reports, until she found herself locked in a living "hell" in Libya.
Global Europe 21-04-2021

Arab League, UN, EU and AU demand foreign forces leave Libya

The Arab League, United Nations, European Union and the African Union on Tuesday (20 April) demanded an immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from Libya.
Global Europe 13-04-2021

Greece calls for foreign forces to quit Libya

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias called Monday (12 April) for the pullout of foreign forces from Libya, during a visit to the eastern city of Benghazi.
Global Europe 07-04-2021

Italy, Greece PMs join influx of visitors to Libya in transition

The prime ministers of Italy and Greece on Tuesday (6 April) joined a growing number of foreign leaders visiting Libya as it seeks to emerge from a decade of post-revolution chaos under a UN-sponsored peace process. Italy’s Mario Draghi, whose...
Global Europe 06-04-2021

EU chiefs in rare Turkey visit to revamp relations

The European Union's top two officials will pay a rare visit on Tuesday (6 April) to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan aimed at testing his avowed commitment to improve uneasy ties.
Global Europe 05-04-2021

Charles Michel vows support to Libya’s interim government

European Council President Charles Michel offered support to Libya Sunday (4 April) on a visit to Tripoli, as the North African nation seeks to end a decade of chaos following a NATO-backed 2011 revolt.
Global Europe 18-03-2021

EU to extend Libya arms embargo mission to 2023

The EU will extend for two years its military mission in the Mediterranean policing the UN arms embargo on conflict-wracked Libya, senior EU officials said Wednesday (17 March). The bloc’s member states are set to “adopt a decision next week...
Global Europe 10-03-2021

Libya lawmakers approve interim government in key step towards elections

Libya's parliament on Wednesday (10 March) approved a unity government to lead the war-ravaged North African nation to December elections, a key step towards ending a decade of chaos.