About: Middle East conflict

Global Europe 20-05-2020

Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans need to punch their weight

Last week, EU foreign ministers emphasised that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the Union’s strategic interests and that they discourage possible steps towards annexations. In this vein, the EU and its member states should send a clear signal, Muriel Asseburg and Peter Lintl argue.
Global Europe 18-05-2020

Israel swears in unity government, PM insists on West Bank annexation

Israel's parliament swore in a new unity government on Sunday (17 May) led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz, ending the longest political crisis in the nation's history.
Global Europe 03-02-2020

Abbas says Palestinians cutting all ties with Israel, US

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas announced Saturday (1 February) a cut of all ties with Israel and the United States, including security cooperation, after Washington unveiled a controversial Middle East plan seen as favouring Israel.
Global Europe 05-06-2019

Trump’s son-in law and Middle East adviser Kushner meets EU leaders

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and Middle East peace adviser Jared Kushner met European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker for talks in Brussels on Tuesday (4 June).
Global Europe 08-05-2019

Palestinians turn to EU to counter Kushner plan

The Palestinians are asking the European Union to pick up the mantle in defence of the two-state solution if the upcoming US peace plan ditches Palestinian statehood, their UN envoy said Tuesday (7 May).
Global Europe 06-05-2019

Deadly escalation as Israel retaliates over Gaza rockets

Israel carried out waves of retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip on Sunday (5 May) after Palestinian rockets hit Israeli cities, in a deadly escalation that showed no signs of slowing and raised fears of war.

Mogherini’s tarnished legacy

Paradoxically it was the EU’s closest partner, the United States, that has done most to damage Federica Mogherini's legacy as High Representative with a full-scale assault on the EU’s commitment to multilateralism, writes Fraser Cameron.
Global Europe 16-05-2018

In Sofia, EU leaders will seek united front on Trump

European Union leaders will try to forge a united response at a summit today (16 May) to US President Donald Trump's shock decisions on the Iran nuclear deal and trade tariffs.
Global Europe 15-05-2018

Mogherini urges ‘utmost restraint’ after Gaza deaths

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday (14 May) urged "utmost restraint" after at least 37 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during protests against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
Global Europe 09-04-2018

EU asks whether Israel used ‘proportionate’ force in Gaza

The EU raised questions Saturday (7 April) about whether Israeli troops engaged in "proportionate use of force" in the latest border clashes that left nine Palestinians dead in the Gaza Strip.
Global Europe 12-12-2017

EU rebuffs Netanyahu’s Jerusalem call

The EU's diplomatic chief on Monday (11 December) bluntly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that Europe would follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, saying there would be no change to its stance on the holy city.
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).
Global Europe 13-10-2017

Hamas, Fatah sign deal on Palestinian reconciliation

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement on Thursday (12 October) on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with president Mahmud Abbas calling it a "final" accord.
Global Europe 13-10-2017

US, Israel leave UNESCO for good

The United States and its ally Israel said yesterday (12 October) they were pulling out of the UN's culture and education body in a move that underlined Washington's drift away from international institutions.
Global Europe 17-02-2017

France and Germany frown at Trump’s Middle East policy

France and Germany consider the US position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict confusing and risking ending the prospect of a two-state solution and fuel conflict in the region, the two leading EU countries said yesterday (16 February).
Global Europe 16-08-2016

Agencies: Russia says close to joint military action with US in Aleppo

Russia and the United States are close to starting joint military action against militants in Syria's Aleppo, Russian news agencies on Monday (15 August) quoted Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying.
Security 19-01-2016

It’s time for Iran to become a constructive partner in Middle East

The fact that Iran managed to come to an agreement not just with the United States, but also with Russia, the EU and China shows that it is able to build confidence with a diverse array of players, writes Dr Willem Oosterveldt.

Commission lauds Jordan for bringing Middle East scientists together

Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas said yesterday (13 October) that one of the best project in the world in terms of science diplomacy was the particle accelerator SESAME in Amman, Jordan, launched in 2003 under the auspices of UNESCO.
Med & South 12-10-2015

EU calls for restraint as some see a third Intifada start

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday (11 October) and stressed that any reaction to a latest escalation of violence should be proportionate.
Med & South 28-05-2015

Blair steps down as Middle East envoy

Former British premier Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organisation said yesterday (27 May), after eight years of struggling to break ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Global Europe 31-03-2015

Turkey, Saudi Arabia strive for Sunni leadership

The regional environment will likely push Ankara into a more confrontational stance regarding Tehran, as Turkey vies for a leading role in the Sunni world, writes global intelligence company Stratfor.
Wallström
Global Europe 31-10-2014

After recognising Palestine, Swedish legislators spar

One day after the Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine, members of the Parliament, Riksdagen, disagreed on whether this decision was right or "immature".
Med & South 30-10-2014

Sweden recognises Palestinian state

The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine on Thursday (30 October), the first Western European country to do so, reflecting growing international exasperation over the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström told reporters her government hoped it would bring a new dynamic to the situation.
Global Europe 21-10-2014

Mogherini should appoint special envoy to the Middle East

Federica Mogherini, the new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, should appoint a new EU special envoy to the Middle East to engage and have an impact on the peace process in the region, writes Dr Nimrod Goren.
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