Tag: European Union

EU to explore further enlargement in 2020

Croatia, the youngest EU member, vowed to advocate for the bloc’s Balkan enlargement, and pledged to work for “a strong Europe in a world of challenges” in the upcoming six months, after taking over the European Council’s rotating presidency on Jan. 1. Members of the Croatian government will chair the reunions of the EU’s main […]

Backdoor Army: No EU ‘Military’ Yet, But Armed ‘Civilian Troops’ in ‘European Uniform’

The European Union (EU) may be expediting its plans for a centralised army with a massive expansion of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), according to the agency’s chief. “We don’t have a military army, but we will have, let’s say, civilian troops wearing a European uniform. And for certain functions carrying weapons,” said […]

‘Labelling only Israeli products is against international law’

Arutz Sheva spoke to MP Joel Voordewind from the Netherlands, who was the first to oppose the EU’s recent law requiring the labelling of products from Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria and the Golden Heights. Voordewind is in Israel for the annual Israel Allies Foundation Chairman’s Conferencetaking place at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Jerusalem. […]

EU states push for foreign policy reboot

Josep Borrell once lamented that EU foreign ministers’ meetings were a “valley of tears” strong on expressions of “condolences and concern” but weak on effective action. He has the chance to start to change that on Monday, as he chairs the first such gathering under his watch as the bloc’s top diplomat. Member states will […]

Ceremony marking new European Commission and 10 years of Lisbon Treaty

 The European Union’s new leaders officially started in their positions on Sunday, December 1, which also coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s College of Commissioners won approval in a confirmatory vote at the EU Parliament earlier this week following weeks of delays after several […]

At United Nations, U.S. faces strong opposition to its shift on Israeli settlements

The United States on Wednesday defended itself at the United Nations against strong opposition from the European Union and other world powers to the Trump administration’s declaration that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be in violation of international law. Monday’s announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reversed a four-decade-old U.S. position on […]

Europe’s oldest hatred is back with new EU labeling law for Jewish products

Two generations removed from the Holocaust, a rising specter of anti-Semitism is once again haunting Europe. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) just issued a ruling discriminating against Jewish businesses in Israel. The case was brought by Psâgot Winery, a historic vineyard, and maker of Israeli wine. The decision, however, has implications […]

Von der Leyen: ‘Europe must learn the language of power’

The European Union needs to take a more active role in global politics if it wants to protect its interests, incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday. “Europe must also learn the language of power,” von der Leyen said during a speech on European policy in Berlin. “On the one hand, […]

‘YOU? Really?’: Iran’s Zarif scorns EU warning over nuclear deal

    Europeans have failed to fulfill their own commitments to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Tuesday, in response to a warning by the EU that urged Tehran to stick to the pact or face consequences. European countries have been trying to persuade Tehran to stick to the deal, […]

EU grants new Brexit delay to Jan. 31

The European Union agreed to delay Brexit until Jan. 31 next year on Monday — just three days before it was due to take place. European Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter that the EU’s 27 other countries agreed to accept “the UK’s request for a Brexit flextension until 31 January, 2020. The decision […]