About: Western Sahara

Global Europe 28-04-2022

Algeria threatens to cut gas contract with Spain

Gas giant Algeria threatened Wednesday (27 April) to break a contract to supply gas to Spain if Madrid transferred it onwards to "a third destination", amid tensions with regional rival Morocco.
Global Europe 20-04-2022

US open to Western Sahara options as Morocco steps up lobbying effort

The United States is keeping its options open on the future of Western Sahara as Morocco, which claims sovereignty over the disputed territory, is trying to garner wider international support from its European neighbours. 
EU-Africa 07-04-2022

Spain’s Sanchez visits Morocco as tensions ease

Morocco's King Mohammed VI hosted Spain's prime minister on Thursday (7 April) in a landmark visit ending a year-long diplomatic crisis after Madrid reversed decades of neutrality on the Western Sahara conflict in a U-turn that has angered Algeria.
Politics 16-02-2022

Morocco, Germany renew ties after ‘misunderstandings’

Morocco and Germany agreed Wednesday (16 February) to overcome "misunderstandings" and renew "close amicable relations" after a year-long diplomatic freeze, including over the issue of the disputed Western Sahara.
Economy & Jobs 27-10-2021

Between legality and reality: Mediterranean lessons for EU external action

The reaction to the European Court of Justice’s latest ruling on Western Sahara shows the Union can keep calm and carry on if it focuses on what it is able to achieve instead of aiming outside of its purview, writes Elena Valenciano.
Global Europe 29-09-2021

Western Sahara: EU Court annuls trade and fishery deals with Morocco

The General Court of the EU annulled on Wednesday (29 September) two agreements between the EU and Morocco that applied to Western Sahara, a territory occupied by Morocco. The court ruled in favour of the Polisario Front, which had filed...
Global Europe 28-09-2021

Will the European Court derail the EU’s good relations with Morocco?

EU relations with Morocco have improved in recent years. Will they be derailed by a European court ruling later this week, asks James Moran.
Global Europe 26-06-2021

EU relations in north Africa hampered by migration tensions

The EU’s role and political influence in North Africa has been hampered by economic and security policy priorities being trumped by the bloc’s desire to control migration flows.
Global Europe 11-06-2021

Morocco the apparent winner after migrant skirmish with Spain

Morocco appears to have triumphed in its diplomatic joust with Spain two weeks after opening its borders for thousands of migrants to cross into the Spanish enclave of Cuelta.
Global Europe 01-06-2021

Morocco, Spain trade accusations of violating good ‘neighbourliness’

Morocco and Spain traded new accusations on Monday (31 May) in a diplomatic row triggered by the Western Sahara territorial issue that led this month to a migration crisis in Spain's enclave in northern Morocco.
Global Europe 25-05-2021

At EU summit, Spain warns of ‘unprecedented crisis with Morocco’

Spain sent a clear message to Morocco Monday (24 May), insisting on respect for its shared borders a week after over 8,000 migrants entered its Ceuta enclave, with 1,000 minors still there.
Global Europe 18-05-2021

Record 5,000 migrants reach Spain’s Ceuta enclave in one day

At least 5,000 migrants, about a thousand of them minors, reached Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta on Monday (17 May) from neighbouring Morocco, Spanish officials said, a record in a single day. A spokesman for the Spanish government delegation...
The European Parliament is to test a biometric attendance register for MEPs taking part in meetings at its Brussels premises, internal documents seen by EURACTIV reveal learned.
Global Europe 16-12-2020

Polisario suffers setback as EU Parliament group leader resigns over ceasefire

The campaign for Western Saharan independence has suffered another diplomatic blow after the head of the European Parliament’s group on Western Sahara resigned, accusing the pro-independence Frente Polisario of committing ‘a serious strategic error’ by ending a 30-year ceasefire with Morocco.
Global Europe 11-12-2020

Morocco looks forward to ‘big prize’ for normalising ties with Israel

Morocco’s decision to normalise ties with Israel has handed Rabat its biggest step yet towards the prize it values most - global recognition of its claim to Western Sahara.
Global Europe 16-11-2020

Borrell urges return to talks following renewed Western Sahara tensions

The Polisario Front said Sunday (15 November) it was mobilising "thousands of volunteers" to join its fighters, on the third day of a crisis in the disputed Western Sahara that pits the Sahrawis against Morocco.
EU-Africa 13-02-2020

Slovakia’s Lajcak tipped to be next UN envoy for Western Sahara

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, who once served as the president of the UN General Assembly, is expected to be named the world body's new special envoy for disputed Western Sahara, diplomats said Wednesday (12 February).
Global Europe 01-07-2019

Morocco moves closer to ‘privileged’ partnership with EU

Morocco has moved closer to its goal of obtaining a ‘privileged relationship with the EU’ following successful talks between foreign minister Nasser Bourita and the EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini.
Global Europe 14-02-2019

MEPs stir north Africa’s frozen conflict

European Parliament endorsed the new EU-Morocco Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement on 12 February. Although it's a triumph for Morocco and its lobbying efforts in Brussels, it is unlikely to do anything to resolve a long-running legal and political saga in North Africa.
Global Europe 08-11-2018

Morocco pushes development in disputed Western Sahara

Building roads and expanding cities, ports and industrial parks -- Morocco is pressing ahead with economic development in Western Sahara without waiting for a political settlement on the disputed territory.
Economy & Jobs 16-08-2018

Is it ‘the economy, stupid’ in the EU’s southern neighbourhood?

While trade wars threaten across the Atlantic, enhanced economic cooperation could be the key to stability in the EU’s southern neighbourhood.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2018

EU dilemma on Morocco-Western Sahara conflict remains unsolved

Morocco is the EU’s most stable trading partner in North Africa and a reliable ally in Brussels’ efforts to control African migration across the Mediterranean. But two rulings by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have revived political tensions in the region and complicated things for the Commission.
EU-Africa 09-03-2018

Court in confusion – the EU and Western Sahara

Few were surprised when the European Court of Justice ruled on 27 February that the EU’s fisheries agreement with Morocco is valid, but only if it does not include the disputed Western Sahara territory.
Economy & Jobs 27-02-2018

Morocco fisheries pact must not include Western Sahara, EU court confirms

The EU’s fisheries agreement with Morocco is valid as long as it does not include the Western Sahara territory, a region disputed by Morocco and independence fighters, the bloc’s top court, the European Court of Justice, ruled on Tuesday (27 February).
Global Europe 16-02-2018

Fisheries agreement with Morocco is an instrument of soft power for EU

If the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement is not renewed, tensions might affect the relations between the EU and Morocco, writes Willy Fautré.