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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 ...

OpinionPalestine as the 194th state in the UN General Assembly?

29.11.12 @ 09:22

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to ask UN members in New York on 29 November to grant Palestine the status of a UN "observer state" has prompted intense debate in Europe, both at government level and in ...

EU statement fails to hide division on Palestine

29.11.12 @ 07:08

An EU declaration to be published on the day of a historic UN vote on Palestine does little to hide internal division on the subject. The statement - a draft of which was seen by EUobserver - repeats the Union's ...

EU countries declare positions on Palestine's UN bid

28.11.12 @ 09:37

France has said it will vote Yes in a UN vote on making Palestine into an "observer state," but the UK will only back the move with strings attached. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius told parliament on Tuesday (27 ...

EU diplomats aim for Iran nuclear talks next month

23.11.12 @ 14:05

The world's top military powers and Iran aim to restart talks on nuclear proliferation in December or January. The negotiators - led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian diplomat Saeed Jalili - last ...

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 ...

EU countries urge Israel not to invade Gaza

19.11.12 @ 09:25

Two leading EU countries have urged Israel not to launch ground operations in Gaza. Speaking ahead of a foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on Monday (19 November), the UK's Wiliam Hague told Sky news on Sunday that ...

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 ...

Twelve EU countries likely to back Palestine's UN bid

09.11.12 @ 09:27

Palestine can count on about 12 Yes votes by EU countries when it tries to upgrade its UN status, in a move expected later this month. EU foreign affairs spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told EUobserver on Thursday (8 ...

Report highlights EU trade with Israeli settlers

31.10.12 @ 09:26

A coalition of 22 NGOs fronted by a former EU commissioner has highlighted the scope of European trade with illegal Israeli settlements. Its report, out on Tuesday (30 October), cited World Bank figures that EU ...

EU-Israel drugs pact contains legal pitfall

24.10.12 @ 21:14

MEPs have rubber-stamped a trade deal with Israel despite a warning by their own legal services that it might clash with EU law. The European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday (23 October) passed the so-called Acaa ( ...

Israeli FM: Ashton 'lacks grasp of reality'

20.10.12 @ 16:02

Israel has told the EU to fix its crisis instead of interfering in settlement expansion. Its foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, made the comments in a statement on Saturday (20 October) in reaction to a previous EU ...