Europe Expresses Concern Over Maldives Election

The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Representative, Catherine Ashton, has expressed concern over the Presidential election underway in the Maldives. The second round of voting in the Presidential election was delayed by a Supreme Court ruling which added an extra six days to the run-off vote, just hours before polling was set to begin. The election … Read more Europe Expresses Concern Over Maldives Election

EULEX Staff Member Killed in Northern Kosovo

A Lithuanian member of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo was killed on the morning of Thursday 19th September 2013. EULEX released a statement giving details of the incident: At approximately 0730 this morning, two EULEX vehicles, carrying six staff members, on regular rotation from Gate 1 came under fire from unknown … Read more EULEX Staff Member Killed in Northern Kosovo

Iranian Foreign Minister to Meet with European Union Representatives “Soon”

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has spoken with the European Union’s foreign affairs representative Catherine Ashton. The opposite numbers from the EU and Iran discussed regional issues as well as the topic of Iranian nuclear development. Catherine Ashton extended an invitation for the Iranian nuclear negotiating team to meet with the E3 + … Read more Iranian Foreign Minister to Meet with European Union Representatives “Soon”

Catherine Ashton Visits Egypt: Mohamed Morsi “Well”

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, has seen Mohamed Morsi, the former President of Egypt in detention. The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi was removed from power by the military at the beginning of July despite having assumed his position following a successful election. Growing unrest and protests on the street … Read more Catherine Ashton Visits Egypt: Mohamed Morsi “Well”

Iurie Leancă Forms New Moldovan Government

On Thursday 30th May, 58 MPs voted to form the new government of Moldova, under the leadership of Iurie Leancă. The new government is as follows: Minister of Transport and Road Infrastructure – Vasile Botnari Minister of Culture – Monica Babuc Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration – Natalia Gherman Minister of Youth and … Read more Iurie Leancă Forms New Moldovan Government

Mumbai Attacker, Ajmal Kasab, Executed in India

India has utilised the death penalty for the first time since 2004, executing Ajmal Kasab in Pune, Maharashta, on Thursday 22nd November 2012. The EU condemned the decision as a step-back in efforts to remove the death penalty from judicial systems worldwide. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security … Read more Mumbai Attacker, Ajmal Kasab, Executed in India

Catherine Ashton to Meet New President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi

The EU’s foreign affairs & security representative, Catherine Ashton, will meet the new Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, on Thursday 18th July 2012 to discuss recent developments and underscore the EU’s support for democratic transition in Egypt. Ms Ashton will also meet with Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and make a speech at an EU conference … Read more Catherine Ashton to Meet New President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi

Quartet Calls for $1.1 Billion to Support Palestinian Authority

The Middle East Quartet (United Nations, Russian Federation, United States, European Union) issued a statement on 11th April 2012 regarding developments in negotiations between Israel, Palestine and the Quartet. Among the developments and statements was a call for $1.1 billion to support the ailing Palestinian Authority which has suffered withering finances as a result of … Read more Quartet Calls for $1.1 Billion to Support Palestinian Authority

EU Gives “Substantial Economic Support” to Jordan’s Political Reform Program

The EU is offering “substantial economic support” to political reforms in Jordan. The second meeting of the EU-Jordan Task Force will take place at the King Hussein Centre, Dead Sea, Jordan, on 22nd February 2012. The first meeting was in September 2011. Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy representative, commented on the growing relationship: “Jordan … Read more EU Gives “Substantial Economic Support” to Jordan’s Political Reform Program

EU Calls for Egypt to Lift State of Emergency

One year on from the uprising in Egypt which ousted the President, Hosni Mubarak, the EU has called for the military leadership in the country to lift a partial state of emergency which still holds in the country. Nevertheless, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Matters, Catherine Ashton, hailed the successful first … Read more EU Calls for Egypt to Lift State of Emergency

EU Appoints Envoy to Middle East Quartet

The European Union has appointed Mr Andreas Reinicke to represent Europe in the Middle East Quartet. Currently Germany’s ambassador to Syria, Mr Reinicke has worked in diplomacy for 25 years, mostly in the Middle East. Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said of Mr Reinicke: “He is an experienced … Read more EU Appoints Envoy to Middle East Quartet

French Journalist Gilles Jacquier Killed in Syria

The French journalist, Gilles Jacquier, has been killed during unrest in the Syrian capital, Homs. The television reporter worked for France 2 and had been working on a report authorised by the Syrian government for the French magazine program “Envoyé spécial”. A second member of the reporting team was not hurt and France Télévisions are … Read more French Journalist Gilles Jacquier Killed in Syria

Obituary: Kiro Gligorov – President Who Guided Macedonia to Independence

Kiro Gligorov passed away on 1st January 2012. The 94-year-old former President was at the helm of the Macedonian nation from 1991 until 1999 and oversaw the transition to independence from Yugoslav rule. The first democratically elected leader of Macedonia, Gligorov served for two terms and even survived a 1995 assassination attempt which killed his … Read more Obituary: Kiro Gligorov – President Who Guided Macedonia to Independence

Council of the European Union Weighs in on Internet Freedom

On the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10th December 2011, the Council of the European Union weighed in on the debate over internet freedom, joining calls from world leaders, at a Google hosted meeting, that co-ordinated activism on the web should go unrestricted. The High Representative of the European Union, Catherine Ashton, said in … Read more Council of the European Union Weighs in on Internet Freedom

European Union Deepens Sanctions Against Iran & Syria

At a meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union on Thursday 1st December, it was agreed that the EU would deepen sanctions against Iran and Syria. Further individuals and entities linked to both governments have had their assets frozen. New curbs have been placed on European companies doing business in Syria and on the … Read more European Union Deepens Sanctions Against Iran & Syria