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OpinionEU and Egypt: neighbourhood policy in coma

07.11.14 @ 09:26

Europe cannot stand around cross-armed when Egypt’s new ruler is about to strike the final blow to independent civil society. As Monday (10 November) is the last day Egyptian NGOs have to register with the ministry of ...

EU grapples with smugglers as people fleeing conflict face torture

23.07.14 @ 09:28

In a large concrete house somewhere near the Egyptian coastal city of Arish, 25-year old Daniel Eyosab had given up on life. Eyosab, along with a dozen other people, was tortured on daily basis for nearly three months ...

EU fears economic migrants from Egypt

11.10.13 @ 09:26

EU countries are concerned that a potential economic collapse in Egypt could prompt a new surge in migration from north Africa to Mediterranean EU states. Diplomats on the Union's Political and Security Committee (PSC) ...

Loopholes aplenty in EU 'arms ban' on Egypt

02.09.13 @ 09:29

The EU's ban on sales of "repressive" equipment to post-coup and post-massacre Egypt leaves plenty of room for interpretation. Member states imposed the restrictions on 21 August in the wake of violence which saw the ...

EU stops some arms sales to Egypt

21.08.13 @ 19:21

EU countries have punished the Egyptian army for massacring Muslim Brotherhood protesters by stopping sales of items "which might be used for internal repression." They said other arms exports, and joint security ...

EU diplomat: Both sides guilty in Egypt

19.08.13 @ 18:49

The EU's envoy to north Africa, Bernardino Leon, has said events in Egypt are "more complex" than a simple story of the army killing Muslim protesters. He told press in Brussels on Monday (19 August) the military has a ...

EU reconsiders arms sales, financial aid to Egypt

19.08.13 @ 11:17

As EU diplomats meet on how to stop bloodshed in Egypt, figures show that France, Germany and Spain led arms sales to the post-revolutionary country in recent years. EU member states' ambassadors will in Brussels on ...

EU diplomat: Egyptian army rejected peace plan

15.08.13 @ 09:19

The EU's special envoy to the Middle East, Bernardino Leon, has said the Egyptian army rejected a peace deal with the Muslim Brotherhood a few hours before the killing in Cairo began. He told Reuters that he and US ...

Ashton visits Egypt amid rising tensions

29.07.13 @ 09:17

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is in Egypt Monday (29 July) amid high tension following the latest violence which has left scores dead. Ashton, who was also in the country earlier this month, said ahead of her ...

EU urges Egypt junta to free ex-president

23.07.13 @ 09:29

EU countries have urged the Egyptian military to release the country's deposed president for the sake of political stability. They said in a statement on Monday (22 July) that the junta's "key priorities" should include ...

InterviewEgypt's turmoil was 'not a military coup'

11.07.13 @ 16:30

Imprisoned by former president Anwar Sadat, exiled by Hosni Mubarak, and hated by the Muslim Brotherhood leadership, 81-year old dissident and feminist Nawal El Saadawi still sees hope for an Egypt free from the ...

EU reaction to Egypt coup: 'Awkward. Disturbing'

04.07.13 @ 20:24

EU countries are unsure how to react to the Egyptian army's removal of President Mohamed Morsi from power. Ambassadors from the 28 EU states discussed Egypt at a meeting in Vilnius on Thursday (4 July) in the margins of ...

EU sheds no tears over Morsi's departure

04.07.13 @ 09:37

The EU on Wednesday (3 July) tacitly approved the Egyptian army's defenestration of President Mohamed Morsi amid mass civil unrest. The bloc's foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, in a statement published shortly ...

InvestigationGaza's gas: EU millions up in smoke

24.04.13 @ 09:45

“As you can see, I have no electricity at home at this moment,” says Yousef via Skype. “I have a fuel generator that I can use during the power cuts. If I run out of fuel, like now, I have a transformer connected to a ...

Post-Arab Spring countries face 'social time bomb,' EU says

16.01.13 @ 11:37

High youth unemployment in many post-Arab Spring countries is a “social time bomb” the EU has said. On his whirlwind tour of the region, EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy stopped in Egypt and Tunisia on Tuesday (15 ...

EU and US thank Egypt for Gaza truce

22.11.12 @ 09:26

EU and US statements after one week of Gaza hostilities have underlined the new status of the Muslim Brotherhood in the region. British foreign minister William Hague and French President Francois Hollande - speaking ...

Israel and Hamas compete for EU sympathy

15.11.12 @ 09:30

Both sides in the new Gaza conflict are competing for international sympathy as fighting escalates. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told EUobserver on Thursday (15 November) morning that Prime Minister Benjamin ...

Egypt's Islamo-diplomacy comes to EU capital

13.09.12 @ 12:38

Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi invoked the Koran while promising to protect visitors to Egypt after the killing of US officials in Libya. Speaking in Brussels with European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso on ...

OpinionMr Morsi goes to Brussels

12.09.12 @ 09:28

This week’s visit by Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi to Brussels is an important opportunity for Europe to put its relationship with the new Egypt on the right footing. Morsi, less than three months in office, has ...

EU builds situation room for Arab League in Cairo

26.06.12 @ 09:22

Catherine Ashton's foreign service has built a situation room for the Arab League in Cairo to help handle future crises. Agostino Miozzo, Ashton's top official on civilian crisis response, told EUobserver on Monday (25 ...

OpinionArab Spring: EU influence at risk

13.02.12 @ 10:07

Egypt on Saturday (11 February) marked the first anniversary of the fall of Hosni Mubarak, with crowds blocking the streets of Cairo and demanding that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) delivers on ...

EU seeks probe into Egypt football tragedy

03.02.12 @ 09:36

EU leaders are calling for an independent probe to find out why and how knife-wielding fans overwhelmed stadium security following a football match in Port Said, Egypt on Wednesday (1 February). More than 70 were killed ...

OpinionThe revolution that wasn't (yet)

24.11.11 @ 10:34

The lion statue at Qasr-el-Nile in downtown Cairo, near Tahrir square, wears an eye patch. It shares the fate of many of the young protesters who have suffered from tear gas and live ammunition attacks in the renewed ...