EU stance in focus after US decision on Israeli settlements

The recent United States announcement that it no longer believes the establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is “inconsistent with international law” provoked an immediate response internationally, including in Brussels. Within hours of the US statement, European Union senior foreign affairs official Federica Mogherini issued a statement affirming that the EU’s position “is clear and remains[…]

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SA may benefit from Brexit no-deal

A no-deal Brexit could damage smaller economies trading with the United Kingdom. But it could be good for South Africa. The UK market accounts for about 3,5 percent of world trade and it’s an important trading partner for many developing countries. South Africa might be a major winner in a[…]

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EU slams ‘disproportionate’ use of force in Zimbabwe

The EU on Thursday decried the disproportionate use of force by Zimbabwe authorities during protests in which doctors say 68 people suffered gunshot wounds. “The escalation of violence in Zimbabwe over recent days has been aggravated by the disproportionate use of force by security personnel,” European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic[…]

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EU renews sanctions against DR Congo ruling-party candidate

The European Union (EU) has renewed sanctions against the chosen successor of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country. Travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed for a year against Congo’s ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and[…]

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EU leaders fail to agree on migration deal

European Union leaders remained divided over dealing with refugees and accepting migrants as a two-day meeting on migration opened in Brussels on Thursday. Members have not reached a deal over how to handle the flow of Europe-bound refugees and migrants, despite a significant drop in arrivals this year, diplomats said.[…]

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