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EU split over Syria arms ban

Source : Agencies | 27 May 2013

Britain and Austria clashed on Monday over whether the European Union should ease an arms embargo to help Syrian rebels, threatening the unity of the bloc's Syria policy.

Britain and France are pushing hard for the easing of the arms embargo to support rebels ahead of a peace conference sponsored by the United States and Russia expected next month.

Austria leads the camp of five of the EU's 27 governments firmly opposed to sending arms that they believe could deepen the two-year-old Syrian conflict that has cost 80,000 lives.

EU Slams Israeli Settlements, Urges Sanctions in New Report

By Jacob Chamberlain | Agencies | 28 Feb 2013

Illegal settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem poses the greatest threat to peace between Israel and Palestine, the European Union said in a report that urges all EU states to end all financial investments or transactions that could directly or indirectly aid the settlement-building process.

Israel settlement construction is ‘systematic, deliberate and provocative’: EU

Source Agencies | 27 Feb 2013

Israel’s settlement construction in annexed east Jerusalem is part of a strategy aimed at preventing the Holy City from becoming the capital of two states, an internal EU report found on Wednesday.

In its Jerusalem Report 2012, a copy of which was seen by AFP, the European Union said Jewish settlement construction posed “the biggest single threat to the two-state solution.”

Islam faces growing discrimination in EU

Source : Agencies | 08 Dec 2012

Europe's growing religious diversity is creating social and legal tensions that cry out for reform, but even a European Union seeking solutions may not have the political will to implement them.

That was the impression given this week when researchers for a three-year EU-funded study of discrimination and other problems faced by minority faiths in member countries presented some of their proposals to European Commission officials.

EU recognizes Syrian National Coalition

Source : Agencies | 20 Nov 2012

The European Union (EU) said that it considered the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people.

The foreign ministers of the EU held a meeting on Monday and said in a statement that the EU welcomed the agreement reached on November 11 in the meeting of the Syrian opposition groups gathered in Doha and in particular the formation of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

Twenty two groups call for EU ban on all Israeli settler products

Source : Agencies | 31 Oct 2012

Twenty two groups have called on the European Union to ban products made by Israeli settlers in the occupied territories, saying a boycott would undercut their economic reason for staying there.

The EU is Israel's biggest trading partner but imports 15 times more from occupied West Bank-based Israeli settlers than from Palestinians, a group of 22 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said on Tuesday.

EU may lose Turkey by 2023, Erdogan says

Source : Agencies | 31 Oct 2012

The European Union will lose Turkey if it doesn't grant it membership by 2023, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

It was the first time Erdogan has given an indication of how long Ankara might continue down the path towards EU entry, and his comments came at a time of growing alienation between Turkey and a political entity it feels has cold-shouldered it.

EU: Mali crisis a threat to Europe

Source : Reuters | 20 Oct 2012

EU leaders said yesterday the crisis in Mali, where militants have seized control of much of the north of the country, was an “immediate threat” to Europe, and threatened to impose sanctions on the armed militia there.

It was the first time EU heads of state and government had pronounced collectively on the crisis, which broke out in March when soldiers toppled the president, leaving a power vacuum that enabled Tuareg rebels to take control of the north. Militants, some allied with Al-Qaeda, have since hijacked their revolt.

Turkish minister calls EU "most hypocrite union of all time"

Source : Agencies | 16 Oct 2012

Turkish Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan has said, "EU is the most hypocritical institution of all time and the most hypocrite association in the world."

Speaking at the Elita Oil Factory's opening ceremony in southern province of Adana, Caglayan said, "EU is the most hypocrite union of all time and the most hypocritical association in the world and this hypocrite EU has had Turkey wait at its door for 50 years."

Minister Caglayan added that EU grew 1.5 percent last year and on the other side, Turkey grew 8.5 percent.

Europe to follow Turkish model on medicines

Source : Anadolu Agency | 18 Sep 2012

The Council of Europe will follow the Drug Tracking System (ITS) of Turkey in a European project whereby patients can reach medication safely.

A senior official with the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM), Francois Xavier Lery closely observed the ITS in Turkey and took notes for the council's drug tracking project, eTACT.

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