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28th Sep 2020

Now's the time to give QMV a chance in EU foreign policy

The loudest applause from MEPs during Ursula von der Leyen's State of the Union speech came for her call to move to Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) in foreign policy - at least on human rights and sanctions implementation.

How EU can help end Uighur forced labour

A recent report noted apparel and footwear as the leading exports from the Uighur region - with a combined value of $6.3bn [€5.3bn] representing over 35 percent of total exports.

Does Erdoğan's long arm now reach Belgian universities?

Leuven's Catholic University, one of Belgium's best, has decided to close one of its respected but controversial chairs. And many say that is not because of an academic failure or scandal, but a result of the Turkish government's relentless pressure.

Why is EU rewarding Israel for annexation?

This is a critical moment. The UAE-Israel agreement, welcomed by the European Union, represents a severe blow to the Arab Peace Initiative, writes the diplomatic affairs' adviser for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Turkey's smart game: keeping the EU divided

After a little over a year in Brussels as an MEP, and closely following the EU's foreign affairs, it astonishes me how ineffective the European Union leverages its power on the world stage.

European hiccups on the way to West Africa

The EU is expected to soon, perhaps this week, to release its renewed Sahel strategy, which was in dire need of a revamp and which will no doubt reflect some of the words of foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell.

Why no EU progress on Black Lives Matter?

Months after Black Lives Matter erupted, for many EU decision-makers the problems of racism in policing and criminal legal systems - the issues that sparked the George Floyd protests - are still 'over there', across the Atlantic.

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Column

The Grand Vote Theft - or why the East is so unstable

Russian government propaganda likes to pretend the post-Soviet space is a harbour of stability compared to the tumultuous politics of central and western Europe. The facts show the opposite.

Column

In the Sahel, France deserves the support of Europe

If Europe wants to have a chance to bring back some stability and keep some ground against other powers, it must learn to be a better partner. Doing what we are doing is not an option.

EU can help end Nigeria slaughter

As the European Union prepares for the 6th African Union summit, set to take place in Brussels in October, EU leaders should wake up to the tragic reality unfolding beyond the Mediterranean sea.

Letter

Right of Reply: The EU and Sudan

Concerning the op-ed "Sudan asylum decision signals Dutch moral collapse", we would like to rebut statements made in this article and signal that it contains factual mistakes and misleading statements about the use of EU funds in Sudan.

Time for EU to get real on Hezbollah

Hezbollah has flagrantly violated the UN mandate, as it continues arms-smuggling via Syria with Iran and digging tunnels along the Israeli border.

Russia is very present in Belarus

Many European politicians have praised Russia for keeping a neutral line toward developments in Belarus. However, this is not the case at all.

Letter

Time for EU pressure on Warsaw homophobes

It is time to show Poland's homophobic ruling party that it isn't possible to erode human rights and our common European values without a price.

Europe must back US on Iran sanctions

It is time for France, Germany, and the UK to send the world's most dangerous man - Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei - a message on the price of treaty violations.

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