Foreign relations


    • Europe remains the world's  biggest development donor

      Europe remains the world's biggest development donor

      With more than €74.4bn, the EU and its Member States continued to be the world's leading provider of official development assistance in 2018, according the latest report on preliminary figures of OECD's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC). European development assistance represents almost 57% of the total global assistance by all OECD-DAC donors.

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    • EU seeks more trade reciprocity with China

      EU seeks more trade reciprocity with China

      French President Emmanuel Macron Macron, who invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to talks with Xi Jinping in Paris on Tuesday, said he wanted to build a fairer, more balanced multilateral trade framework with China, news wires reported. “We must show through actions that cooperation brings more than confrontation and that we have more to win through openness than through closing doors,” Macron said.

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    • Starting in 2021, Americans will need to register to travel to EU

      Starting in 2021, Americans will need to register to travel to EU

      The European Union announced on Friday that American travelers will need registration through  the European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS to visit the European Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is a zone of 26 European countries that do not have internal borders and allow people to move between them freely, including countries like Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Poland. Currently, US citizens can travel to Europe for up to 90 days without a visa.

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    • EU court rejects Hamas challenge over terrorist listing

      EU court rejects Hamas challenge over terrorist listing

      The EU's General Court on Wednesday rejected a challenge by Hamas against its 2015 listing as a terrorist organization, a decision that made the Palestinian Islamist group liable to EU sanctions, news wires reported. The EU first included Hamas on its terrorist list in late 2001, which resulted in the freezing of assets owned in the bloc. The movement, which seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, has repeatedly contested the EU's listing decisions.

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    • Prioritising blue economy

      Prioritising blue economy

      At the 8th edition of Friends of Europe's Europe-China Forum, held on 28 November in Brussels, were highlighted the mutual ties in the context of the opportunities and common challenges ahead. The forum, moderated by Shada Islam, Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, brought together policymakers, business representatives and leading academics from across Europe and China.

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    • Swiss aim for EU treaty deal only in 2019 as talks stall

      Swiss aim for EU treaty deal only in 2019 as talks stall

      The Swiss government aims to clinch a deal with the European Union on a new treaty governing relations in 2019, it said on Tuesday, again pushing back the timetable for an accord that both sides had intended to conclude this year. Prospects for a treaty setting out Switzerland’s ties to its biggest trading partner faded last month when four years of talks yielded no breakthrough.

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    • Mogherini made declaration on Khashoggi case

      Mogherini made declaration on Khashoggi case

      The European Union has been clear since the beginning on its call for a thorough, credible and transparent investigation into the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reads a declaration by Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, issued last night on behalf of the EU on the latest developments in this case. In it, she pointed out that the EU took note of the announcement by Saudi authorities on 15 November on the latest developments in their investigation, “yet the need remains to shed full clarity on the circumstances surrounding this horrendous crime as well as to ensure accountability for all those responsible for it.” 

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    • EU and China to boost their cooperation in development

      EU and China to boost their cooperation in development

      The EU and China will seek synergies and concrete areas of cooperation to enhance bilateral development cooperation. This was underlined during the official mission to China of  Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. The commissioner reconfirmed the EU's interest to work with China on sustainable development and connectivity. As part of his programme in Beijing, he met with the Chairman of the newly-established China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) Wang Xiaotao. 

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