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Merkel presses allies to cut funds for Turkey's EU bid

Reuters - 2017-10-20 03:05
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European leaders agreed on Thursday to explore cuts in EU funds to Turkey that are linked to Ankara's stalled bid to join the bloc after German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for action in response to what she described as "unaccept ...

Time to Reset African Union-European Union Relations

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-17 19:30
Relations between the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) reached a nadir in 2016 following serious disagreements over European payments to AU peacekeepers in Somalia. The fifth AU-EU summit in November presents a chance to reinvigorate the partne ...

Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal, Despite Trump's Decertification

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-13 21:36
President Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal is a blow to this multi-national accord, but need not be fatal. The U.S. Congress, Iran and the European co-signatories can still do much to save one of the great diplomatic achievements of the p ...

President Barzani Meets with E.U. Ambassador to Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2017-10-11 00:05
Salahadin, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, (Krp.org)- President Masoud Barzani received a European Union delegation headed by Mr. Ramon Blecua, the E.U. ambassador to Iraq. During the meeting, President Barzani and ambassador Blecua discussed several issues inc ...

EU Ready to Mediate Between Erbil and Baghdad: Envoy

BAS News - 2017-10-09 16:08
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received the European Union Ambassador to Iraq, Ramon Blecua, and his accompanying delegation. The EU Ambassador lauded the Kurdistan Regional Government for its humanitarian efforts and sheltering large ...

European, Arabic countries support al- Raqqa Civil Council

ANHA - 2017-10-03 14:23
Representatives of al-Raqqa Civil Council met with representatives of a group of European and Arabic countries in the Italian capital of Rome to discuss the reconstruction of al- Raqqa after liberation from IS mercenaries, The support was provided by a gr ...

Kurdistan to Send a Document on Referendum to EP, UN, Congress

BAS News - 2017-09-30 15:48
ERBIL — Kurdish officials are planning to write a document on the outcome of the independence referendum of Kurdistan to be sent to the European Parliament, the United Nations, and US Congress. The Kurdistan Region’s parties are expected to meet for disc ...

EU, Canada free-trade deal comes into force

Waar Media - 2017-09-21 18:21
WAAR-DUHOK: A long-awaited free-trade deal between the European Union and Canada came into force on Thursday but it has not yet been “fully implemented,” according to the EU Commission. The agreement, which the commission says will “save EU businesses €5 ...

Real Madrid beaten by Betis on Ronaldo return

Waar Media - 2017-09-21 18:21
WAAR-DUHOK: Antonio Sanabria struck deep into stoppage time to hand Real Betis a shock 1-0 win away to Real Madrid on Wednesday as the European champions failed to score for the first time in 74 matches. Defeat leaves Real already seven points adrift of ...

EU Parliamentary Group Seeks New Policies on Kurdistan’ Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-20 23:55
ERBIL — The European Friends of Kurdistan in the European Parliament has called on the EU Council to “develop a new strategy” in regards to the Kurdistan Region’s planned independence referendum and its relations with Iraq. “For more than a century, the ...

EU-UNESCO Partnership to Support Education in Emergencies in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-19 22:33
ERBIL, (UNESCO) — introduces the European Union funded project “Access to Inclusive Quality Primary and Secondary Education for IDPs and Refugees in Crisis Affected Areas of Iraq” in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The project will focus on strengthening g ...

Number of IS Supporters Increase Online

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL — “Dedicated supporters" of the so-called Islamic State (IS) are growing online, Europol warned on Friday. According to a statement made by the European policing agency, the extremist group is using online social platforms and apps to keep its infl ...

HDP jailed leaders nominated for Sakharov Prize

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 20:52
The European Parliament (EP) on Friday announced that Turkey pro-Kurdish leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were among the nominees for its prestigious Sakharov Prize, awarded each year in the name of freedom of thought, Kurdistan 24 reported ...

Belgium defeat Greece 2-1, qualify for World Cup, France suffer setback

Waar Media - 2017-09-04 15:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Belgium became the first European side to qualify for World Cup 2018 after beating Greece 2-1 to top Group H, while France suffered a setback on the road to Russia. Romelu Lukaku’s 75th minute winner earned Belgium victory in Piraeus and pass ...

German lawmakers call for economic pressure on Turkey

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) Martin Schulz, on Sunday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of establishing a political tyranny and called on the European Union to scrap any further negotiations on expanding its cus ...

Zinedine Zidane: Cristiano Ronaldo wants Real Madrid stay

Waar Media - 2017-08-27 15:18
WAAR-DUHOK: Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says he has no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to stay at the club. Ronaldo’s future with the European champions has been under scrutiny since Spanish prosecuters filed a complaint in June alleging he ev ...

Germany FM: Turkey cannot join EU under Erdoğan’s rule

Waar Media - 2017-08-25 13:19
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey cannot become a member in the European Union (EU) as long as [President] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ruling the country, said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. In his words, however, this does not mean that the EU does not want Turke ...

EU office to be opened in Tehran : Spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-08-08 09:07
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that opening the European Union office in Tehran is going through its routine procedure. ...

Federica Mogherini arrives in Tehran for Rouhani inauguration

KurdPress - 2017-08-05 11:10
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini arrived in Tehran on Friday night to attend in the President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony on Saturday, August 5. ...

Germany wants Europe to suspend preparations for EU-Turkey customs union

Waar Media - 2017-08-01 15:14
WAAR-DUHOK: The German government has asked the European Commission to suspend preparatory work on negotiations with Turkey for modernizing the EU-Turkey customs union because it would send the “wrong signal,” Reuters reported on Monday. According to the ...

How Libya’s Fezzan Became Europe’s New Border

International Crisis Group - 2017-08-01 03:03
The principal gateway into Europe for refugees and migrants runs through the power vacuum in southern Libya’s Fezzan region. Any effort by European policymakers to stabilise Fezzan must be part of a national-level strategy aimed at developing Libya’s lic ...

EU’s top court keeps Hamas on terror list

Waar Media - 2017-07-26 18:48
WAAR-DUHOK: The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected a request to take the Palestinian militant group Hamas off the EU’s list of terrorist organizations. The tribunal has now referred the case back to a lower court. The Wednesday decision overtur ...

Pressuring Qatar: What Happens in the Gulf Doesn’t Stay in the Gulf

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-20 21:11
The rift between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates shows no sign of abating, at a time when the Middle East is increasingly polarised. In this excerpt from the Watch List 2017 – Second Update early warning report for European policy makers ...

Watch List 2017 – Second Update

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-20 15:35
Crisis Group’s second update to our Watch List 2017 includes entries on Nigeria, Qatar, Thailand and Venezuela. These early-warning publications identify conflict situations in which prompt action by the European Union and its member states would generat ...

Barzani Shows Map of Kurdistan in Europe Ahead of Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-07-19 16:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, as appears in a photograph, has shown a genuine map of Kurdistan to an European delegation ahead of a referendum on independence in September this year. The picture is said to have been taken recentl ...

Barzani Shows Genuine Map of Kurdistan in Europe Ahead of Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-18 23:26
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, as appears in a photograph, has shown a genuine map of Kurdistan to a European delegation ahead of a referendum on independence in September this year. The picture is said to be taken recently during Bar ...

The endless excuses for European convert ISIS members

Seth Frantzman - 2017-07-18 21:58
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Recently a woman alleged to be a German convert who became a “teenage ISIL bride” was pulled from the rubble of Mosul. “[She was] from the […] ...

EU Adopts Crisis Management Concept to Assist Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-18 00:06
ERBIL — European Union (EU) Council met on Monday to adopt a crisis management concept for a new civilian CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy ) mission in Iraq. The decision of the EU members comes after a request by the Iraqi government. The adopte ...

Protests, sit-ins in Europe to support Afrin

ANHA - 2017-07-15 16:42
NEWS DESK- Hundreds of Kurdish people protesting in many European cities expressed their resentment on Turkish occupation army’s attacks on Afrin and al-Shahba areas. Kurdish people and their friends taking part in the protests held Rojava revolution flag ...

U.S. LNG In Central and Eastern Europe – Taking Diversification Seriously

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-07-14 03:06
Last week President Trump met in Warsaw with Polish officials and Central and Eastern European (CEE) leaders at the Three Seas Initiative Summit. The event brought together countries from the Adriatic, Black and Baltic seas to discuss development of regi ...

UK sets out Brexit bill to end EU membership

Waar Media - 2017-07-13 16:38
WAAR-DUHOK: The British government on Thursday published a draft law that would formally put an end to Britain’s membership of the European Union, as a top official warned the country was unprepared for Brexit in less than two years’ time. The new bill w ...

EU Supports Kurdistan Region’s Independence Vote: Hoshyar Zebari

BAS News - 2017-07-12 15:42
ERBIL — A member of the Kurdistan Region’s delegation in Brussels said that the European Parliament (EP) supports Kurdistan Region’s forthcoming referendum on independence and it will send representatives to Kurdistan for monitoring the process. Hoshyar ...

EPP Group Chairman: It's Time to Support Kurds

BAS News - 2017-07-11 21:16
ERBIL— The European People's Party (EPP) Group Chairman on Tuesday stated the European Union should recognize the outcomes of the forthcoming referendum of the independence of the Kurdistan Region while he stressed the EU should back Kurdistan. Addressin ...

ECHR upholds Belgium burka ban

Waar Media - 2017-07-11 14:30
WAAR-DUHOK: The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) upheld Belgium’s Muslim face veil ban in a ruling announced Tuesday. The court ruled that the restriction sought to guarantee social cohesion, the “protection of the rights and freedoms of others” an ...

Barzani to Address Kurdistan Independence in EU Parliament

BAS News - 2017-07-10 15:37
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani will deliver a speech over the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region and the latest political in Iraq and the region in the European Union's Parliament. Barzani, heading a high delegation, set of ...
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