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28th Sep 2020

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Germany: Tehran should hold dialogue with protesters

German chancellor Angela Merkel's spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer called the current protests in Iran "legitimate and deserving of our respect when people courageously air their economic and political grievances," Deutsche Welle reports. She added that "the Iranian government should respond to the current protests with a willingness to engage in dialogue," and that Germany urges "the government in Tehran to respect freedom of assembly and expression."

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Analysis

Between the lines, Europe's new Moria unfolds

A new five-day screening of migrants at Europe's external borders is meant to expedite people into either 'asylum' or 'return' tracks. The time-limit is wishful thinking and one that could leave people stranded in make-shift camps or even ghettos.

Opinion

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.

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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.

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