The EU and the Middle East
The European Union's relations with the Middle East
- Iran's Jalili says Istanbul nuclear talks 'long and useful' — 16 May 2013, 13:46 CET
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said on Thursday that nuclear talks with the EU'S foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton were "long and useful" and that both sides have decided to continue the discussions.
- Arab tycoons unveil EUR 100 m film partnership — 15 May 2013, 22:24 CET
Egyptian telecoms tycoon Naguib Sawiris and French-Tunisian financier
Tarak Ben Ammar unveiled a 100-million euro ($129-million) partnership
to produce and distribute films and television programmes in the Arab
world and internationally.
- EU warns Syria crisis at 'breaking point', boosts aid — 12 May 2013, 23:26 CET
The European Commission announced on Sunday an additional 65 million euros in aid for Syrian refugees and internally displaced, warning the crisis is "already at breaking point".
- Ashton edgy on new Israeli settlement moves — 10 May 2013, 21:43 CET
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Friday she is worried
about mounting tensions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank after
conflicting messages from Israel on settlement activity.
- EU warns of 'spillover' threat in Syria region — 06 May 2013, 13:32 CET
The EU's executive on Monday expressed "great concern" following Israeli
air strikes against Syrian targets and warned against an escalation of
- EU criticies Israel destroying Palestinian structures — 26 April 2013, 21:44 CET
European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah expressed serious
concerns on Friday about the demolition this week of 22 structures in
eight places across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
- Israeli airline workers end two-day strike over EU deal — 22 April 2013, 22:27 CET
Israeli airline workers ended a two-day strike on Monday after
protesting against the government's approval of a commercial aviation
deal with Europe, a trade union said.
- Israel airline strike strands travellers for 2nd day — 22 April 2013, 18:48 CET
Israeli airline workers were on strike for a second day on Monday to
protest at the government's approval of an Open Skies deal with Europe,
leaving frustrated travellers stranded.
- Travellers stranded as Israel airline strike goes into day 2 — 22 April 2013, 14:07 CET
Workers of Israeli airlines were on strike for second consecutive day on
Monday to protest the approval of an Open Skies deal with the European
Union, leaving frustrated travellers stranded in the Jewish state.
- Israel ratifies EU Open Skies deal as airlines strike — 21 April 2013, 22:20 CET
The Israeli government approved an Open Skies deal with European carriers on Sunday, as local airline workers went on strike with hundreds burning tyres outside the premier's office in protest against the plan.
- EU foreign ministers want West Bank settlement goods labelled — 19 April 2013, 20:57 CET
EU foreign ministers, among them Britain's William Hague and Laurent
Fabius of France, have said they will back EU efforts to label products
from Israel's settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, according
to a letter obtained by AFP on Friday.
- Israeli airlines to strike on Sunday over EU deal — 18 April 2013, 17:30 CET
Israeli airline staff called a strike for Sunday to protest against a government proposal to finalise a deregulation plan with European carriers which they say would result in widespread layoffs.
- Israel trying to deport hunger-strike Palestinian — 12 April 2013, 19:29 CET
Israel has told the European Union and UN it can deport a Palestinian
prisoner on a life-endangering long-term hunger strike to one of their
member states, an Israeli official told AFP on Friday.
- Israel: Morocco MPs refused entry as had no visas — 10 April 2013, 10:33 CET
Israel on Wednesday defended a decision to turn away two Moroccan MPs
trying to enter the West Bank from Jordan earlier this week saying they
did not have entry visas.
- Israel accused of 'arrogance' over Morocco MPs — 09 April 2013, 21:32 CET
Morocco's parliament speaker accused Israel on Tuesday of arrogance for
having barred two Moroccan MPs in an EU-led parliamentary team from
entering the West Bank to meet Palestinian officials.
- Still room for nuclear talks with Iran: diplomat — 08 April 2013, 20:25 CET
There is still room for talks with Tehran over its disputed nuclear
programme but the run-up to Iranian presidential elections in June
complicates the situation, a Western diplomat said Monday.
- Moroccan MPs 'barred from entering West Bank' — 08 April 2013, 20:21 CET
Israeli authorities on Monday barred two Moroccan MPs accompanying EU parliamentarians from crossing into the West Bank to meet Palestinian officials, one of the lawmakers said.
- World powers, Iran 'far apart' in nuclear talks: Ashton — 06 April 2013, 16:09 CET
The positions of world powers and Iran remain "far apart" in talks
seeking to end the standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme, EU foreign
policy chief Catherine Ashton said after the latest meeting wrapped up
in Almaty on Saturday.
- Ashton 'cautiously optimistic' on Iran nuclear talks — 03 April 2013, 18:56 CET
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday she was
cautiously optimistic over the outcome of talks this week between Iran
and world powers on Tehran's nuclear drive.
- EU urges political solution in Syria amid fears of spillover — 23 March 2013, 20:38 CET
The European Union insisted Saturday on the need for a hasty political solution to end the carnage in Syria as the collapse of Lebanon's government triggered fresh fears of a regional spillover.
- Donors make progress on Palestinian aid — 19 March 2013, 22:56 CET
International donors are making progress toward finding the $1.2 billion
needed to help fund the Palestinian Authority this year as it faces up
to very difficult economic problems, officials said Tuesday.
- EU signs aid deal with Palestinian PM — 19 March 2013, 15:57 CET
The European Union signed an aid deal Tuesday with the Palestinian prime
minister to bolster ties and promote economic development against a
backdrop of a stalled peace process with Israel.
- Experts meet in Istanbul over Iran's nuclear programme — 18 March 2013, 16:12 CET
Iranian and foreign nuclear experts gathered in Istanbul on Monday to
discuss Tehran's controversial atomic programme, a European Union
- EU Parliament urges probe in Palestinian prisoner death — 14 March 2013, 22:00 CET
The European Parliament on Thursday urged Israel to conduct an impartial investigation into the prison death in February of Palestinian militant Arafat Jaradat.
- Iran TV officials slam EU over sanctions — 14 March 2013, 15:21 CET
Two senior officials at Iran's Press TV whom the EU has slapped with
sanctions have criticised the bloc over the move, in comments published
on the English-language channel's website on Thursday.