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EU ‘wasted millions’ in Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

An auditing report has raised serious question marks over EU aid money worth hundreds of millions of euros that has been given to the Palestinian Authority.

According to the report, prepared by the European Court of Auditors and revealed by the Financial Times this week, funds transferred to the PA for Gaza were paid to civilians with ties to Fatah who were no longer working.


Jewish and Muslim heads take Polish schechita ban to EU

By Charlotte Oliver, December 4, 2013

Two leaders from Judaism and Islam have joined up to fight Poland’s ban on ritual slaughter and have now taken their case to the European Union.

Director General of the European Jewish Association (EJA) Rabbi Menachem Margolin partnered with Chief Mufti of Poland Tomasz Miskiewicz last week to lodge an official complaint with the European Commission.


Outrage over cleaning product called ‘Cyclone B’

By Charlotte Oliver, December 2, 2013

French company IPC-Sa was condemned by the European Union on Monday after it was found to be distributing a range of cleaning products under the name of “Cyclone B” – reminiscent of the “Zyklon B” gas used by the Nazis to murder concentration camp prisoners.


Israel and EU reach deal on £400m research scheme

By Nathan Jeffay, November 28, 2013

Tensions between Israel and the EU cooled down from boiling point on Tuesday, when the two parties reached a compromise on a bitter disagreement over settlements.


Why we should mourn Denis MacShane’s fall from grace

By Martin Bright, November 22, 2013

What are we to make of Denis MacShane’s fall from grace? This week, the former Europe Minister pleaded guilty to filing nearly £13,000 of false expenses claims from his think tank, the European Policy Institute.


Israel okays EU strictures

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

The Israeli government will accept the new European Union guidelines on funding projects only within the “Green Line” as part of a new research agreement with the EU.


EU survey shows high anxiety but threat level remains hidden

By Simon Rocker, November 14, 2013

The gloomy headlines must have had some Israelis wondering why the planes are not already on their way to airlift the Jews of Europe out of danger.

A new survey of Jews in eight countries, commissioned by the European Union and published on the eve of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht at the end of last week, has recorded a significant level of anxiety about antisemitism.


Antisemitism a 'big problem' in Europe, EU survey finds

By Simon Rocker, November 7, 2013

Two thirds of European Jews believe antisemitism is a major problem in their countries and three-quarters think it has become worse over the past five years, according to a European Union survey released today.


Nearly £2bn of EU aid for Palestinians ‘misused’

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

Most of the nearly £2bn in aid that the EU has given the Palestinian Authority over the past five years has been squandered through corruption and mismanagement.

The figures appeared in a preliminary report prepared by European Court of Auditors and leaked to the Sunday Times.


EU signals it may review boycott on Israel projects

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

The European Union has signalled that it may reassess its restrictive guidelines over co-operation with Israel as talks began this week on a fresh EU-Israel agreement.