European Union

UKIP peer makes 'offensive' Auschwitz remark in EU debate

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

A UK Independence Party peer has been condemned for making an "offensive" remark comparing the German Finance Minister's attitude to the economy with tat of the Nazis at Auschwitz.

Lord Willoughby de Broke made the comment twice during a debate on the European Union on Thursday.

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Iran oil embargo 'step in right direction', says Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

Israel and Britain have hailed the European Union for moving in the right direction after a new sanction on Iran was agreed.

The EU agreed on Monday morning to impose an oil embargo on Iran – one part of its wider challenge to Iran's nuclear programme.

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MEP sorry for 'put pressure on diaspora' blog

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2011

British MEP Sir Robert Atkins has apologised for suggesting pressure should be put on Jews in the diaspora over the treatment of Palestinians.

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European divide over Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The French Foreign Minister has warned of a growing divide in Europe following the Palestinian Authority's unilateral bid for statehood.

Alain Juppe said that a lot of energy would be required to maintain unity among the 27 European Union member states.

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Hague criticises West Bank building plan

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

Britain's Foreign Secretary has expressed his disappointment with Israel following the announcement on Tuesday that tenders would be issued for housing development in the West Bank.

William Hague said that the construction of more than 300 housing units for the areas of Beitar Ilit and Karnei Shomron would "create further obstacles on the difficult path to peace".

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EU hits Iran with sanctions

By Benjamin Weinthal, May 26, 2011

The European Union announced this week a new round of economic sanctions targeting 100 Iranian companies, including Tehran's main European financial hub, the Hamburg-based European-Iranian trade bank (EIH).

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Vote at EU is new threat to Shechitah

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2011

Shechitah defence activists stepped up lobbying this week after Euro-MPs raised a fresh threat by voting again for meat labels to state if an animal has not been stunned before slaughter.

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Struan Stevenson MEP on Shechitah

April 14, 2011
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The MEP whose plans were last week branded the "21st century equivalent of the yellow star" on the slaughter of animals for kosher meat

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European leader calls for 'zero-tolerance' for antisemitism

By Toby Axelrod, January 26, 2011

Europe should have "zero tolerance" for far-right parties that spew antisemitism, European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said in a press conference here today, ahead of ceremonies marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Baroness Ashton: Quartet should meet 'as soon as possible'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 7, 2011

The European Union’s High Representative has urged the Mideast peace Quartet to meet within the next few weeks in order to encourage progress on stalled peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Baroness Ashton said: "I propose the Quartet meet as soon as possible to help find a solution to the current impasse.”

She suggested that a meeting should take place around the Munich Security Conference at the beginning of next month.

The foreign policy chief made the comments following a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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