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  • EU condemns Israeli settlements, seizure of PA funds

    December 12, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    The European Union (EU) called on Israel to cancel planned construction in West Bank settlements and “avoid any step undermining the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority” (PA).

    The EU made the appeal in a document published Dec. 11 titled “Council Conclusions on the...

  • EU draft resolution slams Israeli settlements, carries no sanctions

    December 10, 2012 | 11:33 am

    A draft of a European Union resolution said the EU was "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans for new construction in settlements but did not mention sanctions.

    The draft resolution, which was obtained by the French news agency AFP, said Israeli settlement construction “threaten...

  • EU diplomats seek visa ban for ‘violent’ Israeli settlers

    November 28, 2012 | 10:20 am

    European diplomats recommended imposing visa bans on "violent" Israeli settlers, as Denmark helped organize a workshop on labeling settlement goods in the European Union.

    The Political and Security Committee -- a group of EU ambassadors dealing with conflict zones -- suggested...

  • European NGOs call for Settlement boycott

    November 1, 2012 | 11:11 am

    A new report by 22 aid, development and church groups from nine European Union (EU) countries calls for the EU to stop buying goods from Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Jewish businesses in East Jerusalem. The report finds the EU imports some $300 million from Israeli...

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  • Romney’s strong debate showing puts Europe on edge

    October 4, 2012 | 9:54 am

    President Barack Obama's lacklustre performance in the first U.S. election debate provoked uneasiness in European capitals on Thursday, where hopes are mostly, if unofficially, pinned on his securing a second term.

    While a lot can change before the Nov. 6 vote, and Obama and...

  • In letter to Quartet, Lieberman calls for Abbas’ ouster

    August 22, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman asked countries working for Israeli-Palestinian peace to call for new elections to remove Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from office.

    The letter, sent to the Mideast Quartet—the grouping of the United States, Russia, the...

  • EU’s Ashton condemns ‘hateful’ Iran remarks on Israel

    August 21, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    The EU foreign policy chief said on Saturday that comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called Israel a “cancerous tumor” with no place in a future Middle East, were “outrageous and hateful”.

    Catherine Ashton’s language was unusually forthright for the West’s chief...

  • EU includes central Israel city on list of settlements

    August 15, 2012 | 10:21 am

    The European Union has included parts of the central Israel municipality of Modi’in on its list of settlements.

    Several zip codes from the city of Modiin, or Modiin-Maccabim-Reut since its merger in 2003, which is located in central Israel about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel...

  • European rabbis: Shechitah could come under legislative attack in EU

    August 7, 2012 | 10:37 am

    A prominent European rabbinical group has warned that kosher slaughter could come under further attack this year in European Union countries.

    “Many European Jewish communities are not aware that shechitah could be put in danger,” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the...

  • EU refuses to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization

    July 25, 2012 | 11:19 am

    European Union President Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis said Tuesday said that the EU would not grant Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s request to declare Iran-funded Hezbollah as a terrorist organization because “Hezobollah is a political party in Lebanon which also runs...

  • Khamenei dismisses sanctions, says Iran stronger than ever

    July 11, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed harsher sanctions imposed on Iran this month over its disputed nuclear activity, saying the country was “100 times stronger” than before.

    A European Union embargo on Iranian crude oil took full effect on July 1 - a...

  • Netanyahu urges action on Iran after meeting Putin

    June 25, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday it was time to ramp up sanctions against Iran to try to curb its nuclear program after discussing the matter with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    In his first public comments on the inconclusive round of talks in...

  • Iran agrees to discuss nuclear proposal in Moscow, EU officials say

    June 11, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    European Union officials said on Monday that Iran has agreed to discuss a proposal from six world powers to curb its production of high-grade uranium at a meeting in Moscow next week in an apparent de-escalation of tensions ahead of the talks.

    The development follows more than two...

  • EU ministers slam Israel for threatening viability of two-state solution

    May 14, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    European Union foreign ministers at a meeting in Brussels slammed Israel for threatening the viability of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

    Their three-page statement released Monday condemned the increased growth of settlement building, and the eviction of...

  • Hamas reportedly talking to EU countries

    May 2, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    Hamas reportedly has been holding secret talks with five European Union member states, a senior Hamas member was quoted as saying.

    Osama Hamdan, who handles foreign relations for Hamas, said the talks have been held in “recent months,” according to The Associated Press. Hamdan did not name the countries.

    The talks reportedly have centered on Israel and the stalled Mideast peace process.

    Officially the EU has said it will not talk to Hamas until it recognizes Israel and renounces terrorism.

     

  • Survey: EU hate crimes monitors lack reliable data

    April 17, 2012 | 10:33 am

    More than half of the nongovernmental organizations monitoring hate crimes in the European Union have no working definition for what constitutes a hate crime, according to a new survey.

    The survey was conducted in the form of a questionnaire answered by representatives of 44...

  • EU slaps sanctions on Assad’s family; mortars hit Homs

    March 23, 2012 | 8:31 am

    The European Union slapped sanctions on the mother, sister and influential wife of President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, increasing pressure on Syria to halt its bloody crackdown against a year-long uprising.

    The trio were among 12 Syrians added to a list of figures already hit with...

  • Israeli leaders condemn remarks by EU’s Ashton

    March 20, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Israeli leaders condemned remarks by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton which appeared to compare the Toulouse victims to deaths in Gaza, while Ashton said her words were “grossly distorted.”

    At a conference Monday in Brussels on Palestinian refugees, Ashton...

  • Iran says sanctions to fail, repeats Hormuz threat

    January 24, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Iranian politicians said on Tuesday they expected the European Union to backtrack on its oil embargo and repeated a threat to close the vital Strait of Hormuz shipping lane if the West succeeds in preventing Tehran from exporting crude.

    A day after the EU slapped a ban on Iranian...

  • Iran slams EU oil embargo, warns could U.S. targets worldwide

    January 23, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Iran accused Europeans on Monday of waging “psychological warfare” after the EU banned imports of Iranian oil, and President Barack Obama said Washington would impose more sanctions to address the “serious threat presented by Iran’s nuclear program.”

    The Islamic Republic, which...

  • Bibi praises EU oil sanctions on Iran

    January 23, 2012 | 5:56 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Monday a European Union decision to place sanctions on Iranian oil exports, but said it was unclear if the move could thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

    “I think this is a step in the right direction,” Netanyahu said at a meeting of...

  • Poland, currently heading EU, withdraws from Durban III

    September 19, 2011 | 11:42 am

    Poland, which is currently heading the European Union, will not participate in the Durban III anti-racism conference.

    Tad Taube, the honorary consul for the Republic of Poland in the San Francisco Bay Area, said Poland had withdrawn its official participation in the Sept. 22...

  • Reject unilateral Palestinian statehood, European Parliament members urge EU

    July 11, 2011 | 12:54 pm

    More than 100 members of the European Parliament signed a letter urging the European Union to reject the unilateral Palestinian bid for statehood.

    The letter, sent Monday by 106 members of the pan-European governing body, to Lady Catherine Ashton, the head of foreign affairs and...

  • EU covers Israel’s suspended tax money to PA

    May 6, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    The European Union approved an extra $124 million in emergency aid to the Palestinians to supplement tax moneys frozen by Israel.

    “It is important that access to essential public services remains uninterrupted and the right to social services is respected,” Reuters on Friday quoted...

  • European Parliament bill would require kosher meat labeling

    April 25, 2011 | 10:32 am

    A European Parliament committee has approved a bill that would require meat that was not stunned before slaughter to be labeled as such.

    The amendment to the new European Union food labeling bill passed the Environmental and Consumer Affairs Committee by a vote of 34 to 28. The...

  • EU policy chief joins U.S., U.N. in rapping Gilo housing approval

    April 6, 2011 | 10:14 am

    European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton joined the United States and the United Nations in condemning a Jerusalem committee’s approval of new housing in Gilo.

    Ashton said Wednesday that she was “deeply disappointed” in the initial approval Monday by the Jerusalem...

  • Erekat: EU countries to upgrade Palestinian missions

    December 21, 2010 | 2:48 pm

    Some 10 European Union countries have plans to upgrade the status of their Palestinian diplomatic missions, lead negotiator Saeb Erekat said.

    The upgrades would bring the missions one step closer to becoming embassies whose officials enjoy full diplomatic immunity, The Jerusalem...

  • EU will not recognize unilaterally declared Palestinian state

    December 13, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    The European Union will not recognize Palestinian statehood until an “appropriate” time, its Foreign Affairs Council said in a statement.

    The 27 EU foreign ministers meeting Monday in Brussels issued the statement in response to a letter from Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat to EU...

  • EU criticism of Israeli justice rankles

    August 26, 2010 | 11:02 am

    Israel’s Foreign Ministry has slammed the European Union’s foreign policy chief for criticizing an Israeli court’s conviction of a Palestinian protest leader.

    Abdallah Abu Rahmeh, an organizer of the weekly Friday protests at Bil’in of the West Bank security fence, was convicted...

  • EU announces tough Iran sanctions

    June 17, 2010 | 2:16 pm

    The European Union imposed new, tough sanctions on Iran.

    The new measures target, among other areas, Iran’s energy sector, including bans on “new investment, technical assistance and transfers of technologies, equipment and services related to these areas, in particular related to...

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