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Turkish president Erdogan on collision course

By Kati Piri / 10 November, 2020

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be on a collision course with many of his country’s partners, including the European Union and, in particular, Greece, Cyprus and France. He has been pursuing the role of an independent but powerful actor in the Middle East and beyond, but foreign policy...

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EU Support for the US Peace Plan Must be Based on Parameters

By Hugh Lovatt / 28 October, 2018

The Trump administration may not have yet formally unveiled its peace plan, but it is already moving to reshape the traditional realities that have governed the middle east peace process since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords.   The Trump administration may not have yet formally unveiled its peace...

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Israel : Europeans must understand Israel’s reality

By Isaac Herzog / 11 June, 2018

When other nations question Israel’s defensive actions without acknowledging the role played by Hamas and our legitimate concerns, they reduce their chance of persuading Israelis that future territorial compromises in the West Bank serve our interests. Europe can play a constructive role in advancing a two state solution but successful...

How to grasp the full impact of the settlement on the Palestinian quest for self-determination

By Zena Agha / 11 December, 2017

Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories loom large in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They are not only a major obstacle to securing a lasting peace but also a grave violation of international law. To grasp the full impact of the settlements on the Palestinian quest for self-determination, both the economic...

This type of asymmetric warfare can only be settled by international pressure

By Elie Barnavi / 7 December, 2017

An interview by Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of The Progressive Post with Elie Barnavi, historian, former Israeli Ambassador to France, a member of the Scientific Council at FEPS and one of the initiators of ‘Islam is also our history’, an exhibition that opened this autumn in Brussels, highlighting Muslim heritage in Europe. PP...

Two states remains the only realistic solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace

By Fernando Gentilini / 7 December, 2017

Almost 25 years after the Oslo agreements, peace between Israelis and Palestinians is as distant and elusive as ever. Is the two-state solution still a relevant blueprint? EU Special Representative Gentilini argues that there is no realistic alternative and sets out what the EU can do to help advance the...

Europe must face the new realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Pierre Vimont / 6 December, 2017

There has been a marked lack of progress in the Middle East peace process in recent times, with Europeans struggling to make themselves heard. However, they have the power and the means to influence events and they must therefore take the initiative and act now.   Rarely has there ever...

Europe’s Israel-Palestinian Policy in the Trump era

By Lara Friedman / 6 December, 2017

Since the 1978 Israel-Egypt Camp David accords, it has been a sine qua non of Middle East diplomatic wisdom that US leadership is essential to Israeli-Arab peacemaking. Neither Europe’s central role in the 1991 Madrid Conference nor America’s conspicuous absence from the talks that gave birth to the 1993 Oslo...

Three ideas of what Europe could do

By Daniel Kurtzer / 6 December, 2017

Europe has been involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for over four decades. The EU is in the international Quarter along with the US, Russia and the UN, which has sought to implement the 2003 Roadmap for peace. Daniel Kurtzer, who served as US Ambassador to Israel and to Egypt,...

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