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Global Europe 04-10-2018

US withdraws from two international accords, says UN world court ‘politicised’

The Trump administration on Wednesday (3 October) pulled out of two international agreements after Iran and the Palestinians complained to the International Court of Justice about US policies, the latest withdrawal by Washington from multilateral accords.
Global Europe 28-09-2018

EU, Kuwait, Norway foot the Palestinian refugee agency bill

The Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA on Thursday (27 September) received pledges of $118 million (€101 million) from donor countries to help it overcome a crisis triggered by US funding cuts.
Global Europe 11-09-2018

Trump administration takes aim at International Criminal Court, PLO

The Trump administration on Monday (10 September) threatened tough action against the International Criminal Court should it try to prosecute Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and said the PLO's office in Washington would be closed for seeking to punish Israel through the court.
Global Europe 24-08-2018

Netanyahu in Baltics in search of European allies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Lithuania on Thursday (23 August) for a Baltic summit saying he hoped to deepen ties with eastern EU nations as Brussels blasted Israel's plans for fresh settlements in the West Bank.
Global Europe 19-07-2018

Commission half-heartedly condemns divisive Jewish nation-state law

The European Commission has expressed concern, but no clear condemnation, of a controversial “nation-state” law passed by the Parliament of Israel. The law states that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country and strips Arabic of the status of an official language.
Global Europe 06-06-2018

Macron warns of risk of ‘conflict’ over Iran nuclear deal

French President Emmanuel Macron warned of the risk of "conflict" in the standoff with Iran after Tehran announced plans to boost its uranium enrichment capacity as Europe scrambles to save a beleaguered nuclear deal.
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 20-03-2018

Europe must prepare to stand up to Trump on Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace’ plan

Europe should redouble its commitment to critical EU policies grounded in its commitment to international law and a negotiated two-state solution, writes Lara Friedman.
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 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 05-07-2016

Israel approves hundreds of new settler homes after attacks

Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, an official said yesterday (4 July), in a move denounced by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and likely to further raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks.
Global Europe 09-02-2016

Israeli NGOs receiving EU funds targeted by new bill

A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament yesterday (8 February) with the support of right-wing parties.
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.
Development Policy 05-09-2014

EU aid to Palestine ‘cannot continue indefinitely’ without results

SPECIAL REPORT: European frustration with the glacial pace of moves to Palestinian statehood could lead to the bloc’s aid contributions to the region becoming unsustainable in as little as 3-4 years, officials say.
Development Policy 10-06-2014

UN faces ‘most extreme’ pressure ever on Palestinian aid

EXCLUSIVE / A perfect storm of funding shortages, water crises and regional blowback from Syria has put the UN's humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees under the most extreme pressure it has ever faced, says the new commissioner-general of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the near east (UNRWA).
Development Policy 11-09-2013

Oslo has failed, the EU must help craft a new Mideast peace template

It is time for the EU to take a  lead in the Middle East by conditioning any strengthening of its ties with Israel on tangible improvements in the occupied Palestinian territories, write Bernd Nilles and Marc Schade Poulsen.
Global Europe 13-06-2012

Can the EU save the two-state solution?

The Obama administration is busy fighting for re-election and has already failed to produce a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So now might be the time for Europe to take the lead, argue Dimitris Bouris and Stuart Reigeluth.
Development Policy 24-02-2012

Israel set to demolish EU-funded renewables projects

Six EU-funded wind and solar energy projects which provide electricity for 600 West Bank Palestinians have been put on a ‘demolition list’ by Israel, allegedly in response to an EU heads of mission report which called for laws to prevent the financing of settlements.
Global Europe 31-10-2011

Palestinians win UNESCO seat, denounce US stance

A top advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today (31 October) condemned a US decision to withdraw funding from UNESCO as a 'crime', hours after the UN’s cultural organisation voted to grant the Palestinians full membership.
Global Europe 14-09-2011

EU must support viable Palestinian state

The EU must make peace between Israel and Palestine one of the top priorities of its Middle East policy. But there can be no peace in the region without a viable Palestinian state, argues Eberhard Rhein.
Development Policy 10-05-2006

Palestine aid resumption seen as EU victory

The UN, US, EU and Russia have agreed to European proposals to temporarily resume direct aid to Palestinians, but insisting that it should bypass the new Hamas government. The details of the scheme will be fine-tuned in Brussels.
Development Policy 27-02-2001

EU to help Palestinian National Authority

EU foreign ministers agree to organise donors conference to help Palestinian National Authority