About: Middle East conflict

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.
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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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Global Europe 23-07-2014

EU calls for an “immediate ceasefire” in the Middle East

On Wednesday, EU Foreign Affairs ministers expressed their concern at the continued escalation of violence in Gaza and called for “an immediate cessation” of the hostilities.
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Global Europe 12-03-2013

Israel’s Peres urges EU to blacklist Hezbollah, calls Iran ‘the greatest danger’

In a historic address to the European Parliament on Tuesday, Israeli president Shimon Peres urged Europe to place the Lebanese group Hezbollah on the EU's terrorist blacklist.
Global Europe 30-11-2012

EU divided in UN vote on Palestine’s status

The 193-nation UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the de-facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine. Fourteen EU countries voted in favour, 12 abstained and only the Czech Republic joined the United States and Israel in opposing the move.
Global Europe 19-11-2012

EU unlikely to fully recognise Syrian opposition

EU foreign ministers are to thrash out positions on increasingly thorny problems in the Middle East when they meet today (19 November), but diplomats said the bloc would likely not follow France in giving full recognition to the Syrian opposition.