About: Syria

Non-discrimination 23-11-2021

French delegation calls for ’emergency’ repatriation of children in Syria as winter nears

France and the EU should help organise “emergency” repatriation of French and other European women and children stuck in Syria before winter sets in, a French delegation said upon return from a mission to northeast Syria, where they met with Kurdish authorities.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

US, Russian military chiefs meet in Helsinki for six hours

The top US military officers from United States and Russia held six hours of talks in Helsinki, in the first face-to-face meeting between them since 2019 as both nations adjust to the US pullout and Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
Global Europe 15-09-2021

Putin meets Assad, takes swipe at US and Turkish forces in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin received his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad for the first time since 2018 and criticised foreign forces that are in Syria without permission or a UN mandate - a rebuke of the United States and Turkey.
Global Europe 13-08-2021

Pogroms attest of growing anti-Syrian sentiments in Turkey

Turkish police detained dozens of people on Thursday (12 August) after a mob of angry men smashed up shops and cars believed to belong to Syrian migrants in the capital Ankara.
Global Europe 29-06-2021

Undeclared conflict? America’s battles with Iran-backed militia escalate

US President Joe Biden’s latest strikes against Iran-backed militia in Syria and Iraq were not the first nor likely the last of his young presidency.
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.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

Biden suggests ‘autocrat’ Putin’s Russia might be weaker than it seems

US President Joe Biden said that "autocrat" Vladimir Putin was right to say that relations were at their lowest point though he suggested that Russia might be weaker than it seemed and that Moscow had overreached in the Middle East.
Global Europe 26-05-2021

War-ravaged Syria heads to polls with Assad set to win

Polling stations opened Wednesday (26 May) across Syria for an election where few doubt that Bashar al-Assad will extend his grip on power for a fourth term, in a war-battered country mired in economic crisis.
Global Europe 22-04-2021

Israel retaliates after Syrian missile lands near nuclear reactor

A Syrian surface-to-air missile exploded in southern Israel on Thursday (22 April), the Israeli military said, in an incident that triggered warning sirens in an area near the secretive Dimona nuclear reactor.
Global Europe 01-04-2021

EU ministers vow Syria ‘war criminals’ won’t go unpunished

EU foreign ministers insisted Wednesday (31 March) that they would demand "accountability" from Syria's government as well as jihadist and other armed groups over alleged war crimes committed since the 2011 uprising that plunged the nation into civil war.
Global Europe 05-03-2021

Foreign fighters: Belgium to repatriate children and some mothers held in Syria

Belgium will repatriate children detained in a Syrian refugee camp to meet a 2019 court order, along with some mothers on a case by case basis, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said on Thursday (4 March).

Foreign IS fighters in Northeast Syrian camps – a ‘ticking time bomb’ for Europe

Hundreds of women and children, many of them relatives of foreign fighters, are interned in the al-Hawl camp in Northeast Syria and have created “a miniature version of the Islamic State (IS)", which risks becoming a breeding ground and risk for Europe's security.

Putin, extending Russian footprint, approves new naval facility in Sudan

President Vladimir Putin on Monday (16 November) approved the creation of a Russian naval facility in Sudan capable of mooring nuclear-powered surface vessels, clearing the way for Moscow's first substantial military foothold in Africa since the Soviet fall.
Global Europe 12-11-2020

Danish company charged with violating EU sanctions on Syria

Denmark’s financial crimes unit on Wednesday announced charges against a Danish company suspected of violating EU sanctions on Syria by delivering large quantities of fuel to Russian warplanes there. The transactions, carried out between 2015 and 2017, amounted to 647...
Global Europe 13-07-2020

EU voices concern over UN Syria aid plan

The EU on Sunday (12 June) voiced "deep concern" at a UN move to close an access point for humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria.
Politics 10-07-2020

We must not forget the legacy of Srebrenica

This week we mark 25 years since the Srebrenica genocide carried out against the Bosnian people during the break-up of Yugoslavia. On 11 July, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic and Serbian paramilitary units systematically massacred 8,372 men and boys: each one a mother’s son, a father, husband or loved one, to those left behind. It must not be forgotten, writes Anna Fotyga.
Global Europe 01-07-2020

International donors pledge $7.7 billion in aid to Syria

International donors pledged $7.7 billion in aid to face the ongoing humanitarian crisis at a Syrian aid summit co-hosted by the EU and the United Nations on Tuesday (30 June).
Global Europe 17-06-2020

Turkey accuses France of exacerbating Libya crisis

Turkey angrily accused France on Tuesday (16 June) of exacerbating the crisis in Libya and violating UN and NATO decisions by supporting the forces of Khalifa Haftar against the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).
Global Europe 05-06-2020

Europe’s COVID crisis does little to disparage Mediterranean migrants

Alfa Jafo has spent the last few months working in the kitchen at a restaurant in the historic city of Agadez in Niger, a launchpad for irregular migration in the Sahel. Asked if the COVID-19 pandemic has killed his dream of going to Europe, Jafo looks genuinely puzzled and says 'No'.

Growing number of Turkish citizens apply for asylum in Germany

Since the attempted coup in Turkey in summer 2016, the number of asylum applications submitted by Turkish citizens in Germany has increased significantly. In 2019, Turkish asylum seekers were the third-most-registered group, after Syrians and Iraqis, according to the country's agency for migration and refugees (BAMF). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 25-03-2020

Russia joins UN’s appeal for global ceasefire, lists conflicts by name

Russia’s foreign ministry published a statement on Wednesday (25 March) urging all parties to regional armed conflicts to immediately stop hostilities, secure a ceasefire, and introduce a humanitarian pause, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Europe 24-03-2020

UN chief calls for ‘immediate global ceasefire’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global truce in the world's conflict zones on Monday (23 March) in order to protect vulnerable civilians from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Europe 06-03-2020

EU foreign ministers promise more humanitarian aid to Syria

The EU is willing to provide more money for migrants stranded in Turkey, but Ankara must refrain from using them as a bargaining chip, the bloc's foreign ministers announced after an extraordinary meeting about the crisis in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, held in Zagreb on Friday (6 March).
Global Europe 06-03-2020

Turkey-Russia agreed ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib comes into force

A ceasefire in northern Syria agreed between Russia and Turkey came into force on Friday (6 March), aiming to halt intense fighting that has sparked a humanitarian disaster and raised fears of their armies clashing.