European Union

EU votes to drop trade block on Israeli medicines

By Sahar Zivan, October 24, 2012

The European parliament voted on Tuesday by a margin of 379-240 to remove controls on the sale of Israeli pharmaceuticals within the EU.

The bill, part of a wider-ranging initiative to deepen bilateral ties between the EU and Israel, has been stuck in the European Parliament for the past two years due to political objections.

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EU needs Israeli medicines: time to trade freely

By Marina Yannakoudakis, October 19, 2012

Why is it that a trade agreement that will facilitate the import of high-quality and affordable medicines into Europe is such a political hot potato? Because the trade agreement is with Israel.

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Conservative MEP condemns Greek leader's antisemitic comments

October 19, 2012

A British Conservative MEP has condemned apparently antisemitic comments made by the leader of a group which partners the Labour Party in the European Parliament.

Evangelos Venizelos, a former Greek finance minister and leader of the socialist Pasok party, made the remarks to a parliamentary committee in Athens last week.

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Bibi sceptical about recent Euro sanctions on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 18, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sceptical on Tuesday about the efficiency of the latest round of European Union sanctions in reining back Iran’s nuclear programme.

The sanctions, agreed upon on Monday by the EU foreign ministers at the insistence of Britain, Germany and France, are aimed at strengthening previous curtailments on Iran’s energy and financial sectors.

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Jewish group: Nobel Peace Prize winner EU has made Europe 'haven of peace'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2012

The decision to award the prestigious Nobel peace Prize to the European Union has been greeted with shock and raised eyebrows in some corners, but the president of the World Jewish Congress said it should be warmly welcomed.

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UK may support labelling West Bank products in the EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 4, 2012

The Israeli government is concerned that Britain is planning to support a move to have West Bank settlement products labelled in the European Union.

The EU-Israel trade agreement, signed in 2005, exempts Israeli goods from certain tariffs but not those that come from beyond the Green Line.

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End this dangerous distinction

By Raheem Kassam, September 24, 2012

In March 2012, at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, Benjamin Netanyahu asked, of Iran's nuclear programme: "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then what is it?"

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EU decides Modi'in is West Bank settlement

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2012

Israeli officials have launched a protest against the European Union’s decision to list a Jewish area as a West Bank settlement for the first time.

Modi'in, Maccabim and Reut are now considered "no man’s land" according to the latest list released by the EU.

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Time for the EU to ban Hizbollah

By Benjamin Weinthal, August 9, 2012

US and Israeli intelligence agencies attributed last month’s suicide bombing of a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria to Hizbollah and Iran. The joint Hizbollah-Iran operation resulted in the murders of Mustafa Kyosev, the Muslim Bulgarian bus driver, and five Israelis tourists.

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Palestinians urge European Union to drop Israel upgrade

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2012

The Palestinian Authority has called on the European Union "to reconsider" upgrading relations with Israel.

Last month the EU boosted its trade and diplomatic ties with the Jewish State. The European Commission's Action Plan is intended to enhance the "scope and intensity of political co-operation" between the two.

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