About: UN Security Council

Nuclear arms control treaty set for review as divisions over non-proliferation mount

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in March, the United Nations is preparing to review the accord amid growing signs that divisions and distrust are rife among countries that possess nuclear arsenals.
Global Europe 21-02-2020

At EU summit, Merkel and Macron call Putin over Syria crisis

The leaders of Germany and France called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (20 February) to express their concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria’s Idlib region, expressing their readiness to meet in an effort to defuse the conflict.

Top EU diplomat to visit Tehran amid nuclear tensions

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell was Monday (3 February) due to visit Iran, said officials in Tehran and Brussels, on his first trip there since taking office, aiming to reduce rising tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.
Global Europe 19-09-2019

Washington sees ‘many options short of war’ with Iran after attacks on Saudis

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (18 September) there were many options short of war with Iran after US ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was "unquestionably sponsored" by Tehran.

UN adopts watered-down resolution against rape as weapon of war

As current member and current President of the UN Security Council, Germany presented its resolution on Tuesday (23 April) in which it urged UN member states to strengthen their response in combating sexual violence. Although some debate Germany’s sincerity, the EU seems to be taking this fight very seriously. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 18-05-2018

Poland pushes for UN mission at Ukraine-Russia border

Poland's president on Thursday (17 May) asked the UN Security Council to deploy a UN peacekeeping force to Ukraine throughout a zone of conflict that Western powers accuse Russia of fomenting.
Politics 05-07-2017

EU to consider additional North Korea sanctions after missile launch

The European Union on Tuesday (4 July) warned it may consider additional sanctions against North Korea after it carried out what Pyongyang tested what it claimed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Europe's East 03-02-2017

Ukraine appeals for help against Russia as fighting flares

Ukraine's president appealed for more global pressure against Russia yesterday (2 February) as Moscow-backed rebels and government forces clashed around a frontline town in an upsurge of fighting that has claimed a reported 25 lives.
Global Europe 11-10-2016

Escalation in Syria means EU less likely to soften stance on Russia

Outraged by Russia's intensified air strikes on rebels in Syria, the European Union is now less likely to ease sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine, diplomats say, and some in the bloc are raising the prospect of more punitive steps against the Kremlin.
Global Europe 04-10-2016

Russia backs ‘woman from Eastern Europe’ for UN chief

Russia said yesterday (3 October) that it would like to see a woman as the next UN secretary general and would back a candidate from Eastern Europe.
Global Europe 29-08-2016

Kosovo warns against Serbia’s candidate for UN Secretary General

Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008, but is still unrecognised by Belgrade, has warned against the candidacy of Vuk Jeremić, a former Serbian foreign minister, for UN Secretary General.
Four Europeans lead in race for UN Secretary-General
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Four Europeans lead in race for UN Secretary-General

Portugal’s António Guterres, Slovenia’s Danilo Türk, Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova and Serbia’s Vuk Jeremić have emerged as the frontrunners in a race to replace UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December.

UN mulls allowing EU to search boats for illicit arms off Libya

The European Union yesterday (6 June) proposed expanding a United Nations Security Council mandate for a European naval operation to allow it to crack down on arms smuggling in the high seas off war-torn Libya, though Russia voiced concerns about the idea.
Global Europe 28-09-2015

UN Security Council reform back in the limelight

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with her Brazilian, Indian and Japanese counterparts to discuss the issue of permanent membership on the UN Security Council. EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU leaders to declare: ‘We cannot take more migrants’

One of the messages the EU heads of state and government are expected to deliver at their extraordinary summit today (23 April) is that the Union cannot absorb any more mass arrivals of migrants, as they risk undermining it economically, and destroying it politically.
Global Europe 15-04-2015

Merkel, Modi aim for free trade agreement between EU and India

In Berlin, Germany and India expressed their intention to work together more closely on economic and political matters, while emphasising closer cooperation on military sales. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. [The Council of European Union]
Development Policy 03-10-2014

Germany increases aid for Middle Eastern refugees

The German government announced plans to increase its humanitarian aid by €10 million for refugees from Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier scheduled an international conference to address the crisis at the end of the October. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Europe's East 28-02-2014

Commission says ‘pedagogical work’ needed before signing Ukraine pact

Indicating that it is not in a hurry to sing a landmark association agreement with Ukraine, the European Commission said today (28 February) that “pedagogical work” was needed first, to counter the campaigns that had been conducted in the country to denigrate the pact in the recent past.
Development Policy 02-09-2013

Saharawi fishermen condemn EU-Morocco fishing treaty ‘fraud’

EXCLUSIVE / A draft fishing treaty between the EU and Morocco has been condemned as “fraud” by Saharawi fishermen who view it as an enabling mechanism for the theft and depletion of their local fishing stocks.
Global Europe 29-08-2013

Cameron, allies forced to delay strike against Syria

Prime Minister David Cameron was forced yesterday (28 August) to push back his plans for an imminent military strike against Syria in a humiliating climb-down for Britain's leader after coming under fierce domestic and international pressure.
Global Europe 27-08-2013

US warns Syria of response to chemical attack

The US put Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on notice yesterday (26 August) that it believes he was responsible for using chemical weapons against civilians last week, in what Secretary of State John Kerry called a "moral obscenity."
Global Europe 16-09-2011

EU seeks limited upgrade of Palestinians’ UN status

The European Union hopes to persuade Palestinian leaders to drop plans for full United Nations membership this month in return for a nuanced upgrading of their UN observer status, EU diplomats said yesterday (15 September).
Med & South 18-03-2011

UN authorises use of force against Gaddafi

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.
Med & South 17-03-2011

EU watches Gaddafi prepare ‘mortal blow’ for rebels

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.

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