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EU defends Israel's Gaza incursion

22.07.14 @ 20:14

EU countries have defended Israel’s use of force in Gaza, but blamed it for harming peace prospects in the longer term. Foreign ministers in a joint statement on Tuesday (22 July) said they are “appalled by the human ...

OpinionGaza: ‘Burning the consciousness’

22.07.14 @ 18:21

In November 2012, Israel launched a military operation in the Gaza Strip called "Amud Anan", the literal English translation of which is, "Pillar of Clouds". Though, the official name in English was deemed, “Pillar of ...

French ease ban on pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris

22.07.14 @ 09:28

The French authorities have reportedly authorised a demonstration in support for Gaza on Wednesday (23 July) after two government-banned protests over the weekend turned violent. Wednesday’s gathering is to be allowed ...

OpinionTime for EU to put real pressure on Israel

18.07.14 @ 09:27

Times are very rough for both Israeli and Palestinian families. The death toll in Gaza currently stands at some 240 people, of whom dozens are children. Three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered in the West ...

EU sees likelihood of Israeli ground attack on Gaza

11.07.14 @ 18:32

EU diplomats believe Israel will launch a ground invasion of Gaza if a Hamas rocket causes serious Israeli casualties. The concerns come amid rapid escalation in fighting over the past four days. Hamas, the Palestinian ...

EU 'deplores' Israeli killing of civilians

09.07.14 @ 09:29

EU countries have urged Palestinian militants to stop firing at Israel, while “deploring” Israel’s killing of civilians. They said in a statement on Tuesday (8 July) the EU “strongly condemns the indiscriminate fire ...

EU states promote settler boycott amid Israel crisis

04.07.14 @ 09:27

Twelve EU countries have warned investors not to do business with Israeli settler entities, amid a security crisis in Israel and Palestine. The group includes: Austria; Belgium; Croatia; Denmark; Finland; Greece; ...

EU urges Israel to co-operate with Palestinians on kidnapping crisis

17.06.14 @ 13:47

The EU has urged Israel to keep working with Palestinian authorities in order to help get back three teenagers kidnapped in the West Bank. It said in a statement on Tuesday (17 June) it “encourages continued close ...

EU threatens action against Israeli settlers

06.06.14 @ 09:30

The EU has threatened to take action against settlers after Israel backed the building of 1,466 more Jewish homes on Palestinian land in the West Bank. EU countries said in a joint communique on Thursday (5 June) the ...

Palestine urges EU to blacklist Jewish 'terrorists'

19.05.14 @ 09:28

Palestine has asked the EU to blacklist violent Jewish settlers as "terrorists", in what Israel is calling "a PR stunt". The Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki, wrote to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton ...

FeatureBuilding Israel, one rock at a time

12.05.14 @ 09:42

The rock, thrown by a Jewish settler, hit Rashida, a six-year old Palestinian girl, in the forehead as she walked from school in the South Hebron Hills one Wednesday (23 April). She needed six stitches, but photos of ...

EU parliament chief highlights Palestine water shortage

12.02.14 @ 19:01

Right-wing Israeli MPs have savaged European Parliament President Martin Schulz over his remarks on water politics. The German centre-left politician said in a speech in the Knesset on Wednesday (12 February) that: "A ...

EU punishes Israel on settlements, rewards it on UN club

27.11.13 @ 18:53

Poor Israeli PR has seen the EU enforce new rules on science funding, but EU states compensated Israel with a UN gift. Under the funding deal, the EU and Israel will shortly sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on ...

EU announces Iran nuclear deal

24.11.13 @ 12:24

The world's most powerful countries and Iran have agreed a six-month deal on its nuclear programme, prompting outrage in Israel. The breakthrough was announced by the EU foreign service on Twitter shortly after 3am on ...

OpinionEU settlement guidelines do Israel a favour

14.11.13 @ 13:23

The European Commission is in the process of implementing territorial guidelines for its future co-operation with Israel. The guidelines state that no EU grants, funds and financial instruments should go to Israeli ...

EU report highlights anti-Semitism in France

08.11.13 @ 18:11

Some two-thirds of Jews living in France fear a verbal or physical assault in the next 12 months, according to a new EU survey. Belgium is close behind in terms of numbers, followed, in descending order, by Hungary, ...

No plans for EU embassy in Iran despite improving relations

31.10.13 @ 20:57

The EU says it has no plans to open an embassy in Iran despite recent progress in nuclear talks. An EU source said a possible first step would be to "embed" a diplomat from the European External Action Service (EEAS) at ...

EU sets stage for Iran-US breakthrough

24.09.13 @ 09:27

Warm words from top EU diplomats in New York have set the stage for a potential breakthrough in the decades-long confrontation between Iran and the US. EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton told press after ...

EU-Israel row over confrontation with diplomat

23.09.13 @ 09:28

Israel has denounced EU reaction over a confrontation between European Union diplomats delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians and Israeli soldiers sent to stop them. A statement released by the Israeli foreign ...

Ashton predecessors urge firm line on Israel

16.09.13 @ 10:04

Fifteen former high-ranking EU officials and politicians have urged the Union not to bow to Israeli and US requests to alter new rules on settler funding. They said in a letter, sent on Monday (16 September) to EU ...

EU-Israel talks fail to agree on science funding

13.09.13 @ 09:21

EU and Israeli negotiators in Brussels on Thursday (12 September) failed to agree on new funding rules, but identified "options" on making them easier for Israel to swallow. The talks, involving dozens of officials and ...

OpinionEU's moment of truth on Israeli settlements

12.09.13 @ 13:01

This week, the European Union will face a critical test of its policy towards Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Today, negotiations will recommence over the participation of Israel in Horizon 2020, the EU ...

OpinionEurope must lead the way on Arab-Israeli conflict

04.09.13 @ 17:22

Everything considered, Europe is still the most important global player in the Middle East. The US has armed forces and capacities. Russia and China have overt and covert interests, but Europe is the real player. ...

Israeli MP: EU action shows Israel is becoming 'pariah'

15.08.13 @ 11:30

An MP from Israel's second largest party has warned that settlement-building risks cutting off Israel from the West. Ofer Shelah, a Knesset deputy from the centrist Yesh Atid party, a key member of Israel's ruling ...

Israel ignores EU and US, piles on settlements

14.08.13 @ 09:25

Israel has said it will build 942 more homes for Jewish settlers on occupied land in the teeth of US, EU and Palestinian criticism. The announcement, on Tuesday (13 August), comes after it said on Sunday it will build 1 ...

EU 'hopes' new settler homes will not stop peace talks

12.08.13 @ 09:28

The EU has refrained from criticism of Israel's announcement of new settler homes on the eve of peace talks. A spokesman for the bloc's foreign service, Michael Mann, told EUobserver on Sunday (11 August): "We hope and ...

OpinionAs Iran changes, EU and US stand still

03.08.13 @ 22:20

When Iranians on Sunday (4 August) mark the inauguration of Hassan Rohani, a moderate cleric, as their new President, they will be doing so in the context of an international effort to depict the event as irrelevant at ...

Hezbollah: EU listing gives Israel licence to kill

25.07.13 @ 09:25

Lebanese group Hezbollah has said the EU listing of its military wing makes the Union a party to any future Israeli assault. Its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, made the statement on TV after a sunset meal on Wednesday (24 ...

EU seeks code on Israeli settler goods by end of 2013

23.07.13 @ 09:11

Foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton wants an EU code on retail labels of Israeli settlement products by the end of the year. She said in a letter to seven fellow members of the European Commission dated 8 July and ...

OpinionEU (finally) applies own law on Israeli settlements

22.07.13 @ 17:57

It’s a “big mistake,” Israel’s deputy foreign minister told Army Radio. It’s “an economic terror attack against peace,” the economy minister said. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed: “I will not allow anyone to ...

EU to discuss blacklisting Hezbollah

22.07.13 @ 09:21

EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels on Monday (22 July) are set to discuss blacklisting the military wing of the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah. Listing it as a terrorist organisation requires unanimous ...

Israeli PM rejects EU 'dictate' on borders

16.07.13 @ 20:10

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has said outsiders cannot tell him where his country begins or ends in reaction to new EU guidelines on settlements. Speaking in a 40-second-long TV clip in Hebrew on Tuesday (16 July), ...

EU keeps quiet on Israeli settlements

24.06.13 @ 20:51

EU countries have declined to criticise Israel's surge in settlement building amid US efforts to resume peace talks. The bloc's foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, told press after meeting with foreign ministers in ...

EU rhetoric fails to stop Israeli land-grab

27.05.13 @ 09:27

Israel is continuing to seize Palestinian land in the West Bank despite EU and US initiatives to stop the decades-old process. According to a new study by Aida, a coalition of 80 aid agencies, Israel demolished 535 ...

InvestigationControversial British firm wins EU security job in Gaza

30.04.13 @ 09:22

The EU diplomatic service has confirmed that British company Page Protective Services (PPS) will guard its people in Gaza and the West Bank despite the firm's poor track record. A note published on the EU's Tenders ...

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 ...

Leading EU countries to stigmatise Israeli settler goods

22.04.13 @ 09:26

France and the Netherlands have joined an initiative by 13 EU states to help European consumers boycott goods made by Israeli settlers on Palestinian land. Foreign ministers from the group - which also includes Austria, ...

InvestigationEU men with guns: A comedy of errors

17.04.13 @ 16:47

Catherine Ashton's EU foreign service recently gave its biggest security contract to a company with a frightening track record. Then they took it away again, posing questions on the professionalism of her staff. Ashton' ...

Palestine donors: time to end paper solutions to real problems

19.03.13 @ 16:01

I vividly remember two years ago, in April 2011, when the World Bank (WB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) were sending the message that Palestinians are ready ...

Israel urges EU to back new peace plan for Syria

12.03.13 @ 19:12

Israeli President Shimon Peres has urged the EU to get behind his novel idea on how to stop the war in Syria - by sending in Arab peacekeepers under a UN mandate. Speaking to press in the European Parliament in ...

Put Hezbollah on EU terror list, Israeli President says

07.03.13 @ 17:51

Israeli President Shimon Peres has urged the EU to put Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organisations, claiming that failure to do so would be an indication that the EU was prepared to tolerate its actions. Speaking ...

EU diplomats urge financial sanctions on Israeli settlers

27.02.13 @ 15:16

Senior EU diplomats have called for financial sanctions and travel bans on Israeli settlers in what they describe as a last-ditch effort to save the Middle East peace process. An internal report by EU countries' consuls ...

OpinionHezbollah at Europe's doorstep

07.02.13 @ 09:25

What further evidence does the European Union need to declare Hezbollah an international terrorist group? The latest proof comes from Bulgaria. After a six month investigation, Bulgaria has concluded in a new report ...

From Gaza to EU: one man's journey

22.01.13 @ 09:20

The efforts of one Palestinian man to get to his scholarship at a European university show how cut off Gaza is from the normal world. Twenty-four-year-old Maysara al-Arabeed left Gaza for the first time in his life on ...

Israeli leader mocks EU 'dismay'

11.12.12 @ 14:25

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has mocked EU foreign ministers' "dismay" over his plan to split Palestine in three and to take away its capital. The right-wing politician on Monday (10 December) told press in ...

Israeli PM 'disappointed' with Angela Merkel

06.12.12 @ 09:29

A joint German-Israeli government meeting in Berlin on Thursday (6 December) is likely to be the scene of more disagreements between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the two traditional ...

Israel vs. Palestine: one-nil?

05.12.12 @ 08:41

Israel last month showed off the accuracy of its weapons by bombing a football stadium in Gaza. But civilian deaths and settlement expansion have caused diplomatic defeats. At about 9am local time on 17 November an ...

Hamas appeals for talks with EU diplomats

03.12.12 @ 09:00

The Prime Minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, has appealed to the EU to take his political and militant group, Hamas, off its terrorist register. Speaking to a delegation of visiting parliamenterians from Poland, Portugal ...

UN vote marks EU defeat for Israel

30.11.12 @ 07:16

Just one EU country - the Czech Republic - voted against Palestine's bid to become a UN "observer state" on Thursday (29 November). Fourteen others - Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, ...

OpinionThe EU should not be complicit in Abbas' mistake

29.11.12 @ 09:28

The Palestinians are about to compound their 1947 UN blunder with yet another misstep at the world body. No EU country should be complicit in this mistake. The war between Hamas and Israel has barely ended, but the ...