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  • Cyprus election signals reunification talks discontent

    News | Elections 23-05-2011

    The main opposition party won parliamentary elections held in Cyprus yesterday (22 May), amid accusations during the campaign that the leftist ruling coalition of President Dimitris Christofias had been making too many concessions in the divided island's reunification talks.

  • Ambassador: Russia could tell EU ‘nobody is perfect’

    Interview | Global Europe 10-05-2011

    Russia understands the present difficulties holding up the process of EU integration, just like EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy has never publicly criticised Moscow over the human rights situation in Russia "because he understands it," Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's ambassdor to the EU, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Carnival of spin rages as Mideast leaders tour Europe

    News | Global Europe 06-05-2011

    Israeli officials are warning of a potential return to violence and Palestinian leaders of an end to the Oslo peace process, as the diplomatic battle over a planned UN vote on Palestinian statehood heats up across Europe.

  • The EU will be able to act more effectively at the UN

    Opinion | Global Europe 04-05-2011

    The "upgrade" of the EU's representation in the UN General Assembly will lead to a more coherent EU foreign policy and encourage other regional organisations to raise their profile as well, predicts Eberhard Rhein, a lecturer on economic policy at the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies in Malta.

  • EU finds a clearer voice in the UN

    News | Public Affairs 04-05-2011

    Catherine Ashton, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will at last have the right to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, following a vote held yesterday (3 May).

  • Hungary alone in waving EU flag in Tripoli

    News | Global Europe 03-05-2011

    Of all EU countries' embassies in Libya, only Hungary has a diplomatic presence in Tripoli and provides information to the EU. The European Commission told EURACTIV that the situation on the ground was "very difficult" and that the EU was "paying tribute" to the Hungarian Presidency for the work they are doing.

  • EU could evacuate Libyan city by sea if UN asks

    News | Med & South 07-04-2011

    The EU can send ships to evacuate the civilian population of the rebel coastal city of Misrata, which is under siege from Muammar Gaddafi's forces, if UN humanitarian body OCHA makes such a request, European Commission officials said yesterday (6 April).

  • European leaders tighten noose on Gaddafi

    News | Med & South 25-03-2011

    EU leaders adopted new sanctions yesterday (24 March) against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, urging the international community to ensure that Libya's oil and gas revenues "do not reach" his regime. Meanwhile, NATO said it would enforce a no-fly zone over Libya but stopped short of taking full command of the UN-backed military operations in the country.

  • Turkey accuses France of overstepping UN Libya mandate

    News | Med & South 22-03-2011

    EU hopeful and NATO member Turkey is expected today (22 March) to block a decision by the Alliance to take over leadership in securing the no-fly zone over Libya. In an apparent tit-for-tat response to France's reluctance to back its EU bid, Ankara is questioning the legal base of the coalition's operations in Libya.

  • UN authorises use of force against Gaddafi

    News | Med & South 18-03-2011

    The UN Security Council voted late yesterday (17 March) to authorise the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya and the taking of "all necessary measures" - code for military action - to protect civilians from leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

  • EU watches Gaddafi prepare ‘mortal blow’ for rebels

    News | Med & South 17-03-2011

    France and the UK made a last-effort yesterday (16 March) to urge the UN Security Council to back a draft resolution that would include a no-fly zone over Libya. As the international community appears unwilling to take action, Muammar Gaddafi's troops are preparing to launch "a mortal blow" on rebel capital Benghazi.

  • France and Germany clash over Libya no-fly zone

    News | Med & South 15-03-2011

    France pressured G8 foreign ministers yesterday (14 March) to agree action on Libya and back its efforts to speed up a UN Security Council decision on imposing a no-fly zone, but hit opposition from partners like Germany.

  • EU ministers tackle Libya conundrum

    News | Med & South 10-03-2011

    EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today (10 March) ahead of a special summit on Friday dedicated to the ongoing civil war in Libya and to the wider Southern Mediterranean region. Ministers will reportedly assess the risk that the conflict could degenerate and drag on for a long time.

  • France calls for special EU summit on Libya

    News | Med & South 28-02-2011

    In a televised speech announcing changes to his government, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday (27 February) that Paris is calling for an EU summit meeting to discuss the consequences of events in Libya. Meanwhile, the bloc adopted sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi and his supporters today.

  • Situation in Haiti worsening, Georgieva warns

    News | Global Europe 19-11-2010

    The situation in earthquake-hit Haiti, now hit by a cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 1,000 lives, is likely to get worse before it gets better, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva told the press yesterday (18 November).

  • Famagusta becomes key to Cyprus reunification

    News | Enlargement 12-10-2010

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias outlined a proposal yesterday (11 October) that could speed up the island's reunification talks by opening the port of Famagusta, which is now a ghost city, to international trade.

  • Ashton’s speaking rights at UN face delay

    News | Development Policy 15-09-2010

    An attempt by the European Union to upgrade its status at the United Nations hit a road-block yesterday (14 September) when the General Assembly voted to postpone consideration of the changes Brussels wants.

  • Ashton to obtain speaking rights at UN

    News | Development Policy 26-08-2010

    European Council and Commission representatives yesterday (24 August) confirmed reports that the United Nations is to grant the EU the right to speak at the body's General Assembly ahead of its 64th session, which starts on 15 September in New York.

  • ‘Next step for Kosovo is UN membership’: Ambassador

    News | Global Europe 26-07-2010

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in favour of Kosovo's declaration of independence paves the way for more recognition and ultimately UN and EU accession, Shkendije Géci Sherifi, Kosovo's ambassador to Hungary, told EURACTIV.hu in an interview.

  • New era for climate diplomacy as UN chief resigns

    News | Development Policy 19-02-2010

    A new era of climate diplomacy is about to start after the Copenhagen summit fell short of agreeing a new legally-binding agreement, UN climate chief Yvo de Boer said, announcing his resignation yesterday (18 February). Meanwhile, the EU's commissioner for climate action, Connie Hedegaard, will embark on a world tour to reinvigorate talks. 

  • EU sticks to climate pledges amid ‘soft’ UN deadline concerns

    News | Development Policy 21-01-2010

    While the EU has decided to stick to its pledge of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, other countries are struggling to come up with targets and policy actions by the end-January deadline set by the UN to fulfil the Copenhagen Accord, as the chances of securing a legally-binding agreement by the end of the year recede further.

  • How to pass from Copenhagen to Mexico

    Opinion | Climate change 21-01-2010

    "What role could the EU play to obtain a more successful outcome in Mexico [than in Copenhagen]?" asks Eberhard Rhein, a lecturer at the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies in Malta, in a January post on Blogactiv.

  • EU should cut emissions by at least 30% to retain leadership, MEPs say

    News | Development Policy 11-12-2009

    The EU should cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% if a global target of limiting warming to 2°C is to be achieved, Green activists and politicians urged ahead of this week's two-day European Council in Brussels (10-11 December).

  • Serbia challenges Kosovo independence in court

    News | Enlargement 01-12-2009

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague has today (1 December) started to examine the legality of Kosovo's declaration of independence, which is contested by Serbia. The judgment could tip Kosovo's future towards full international recognition or push it back under the auspices of the Serbian state.

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