Saturday, February 24, 2024

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine boosts East Med region role in EU energy security

In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and EU’s renewed effort to cut reliance on Russia, the East Mediterranean could play an increased role...

Greece’s Energean sees first gas from Israel’s Karish by Q3

Energean’s floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) for the Greek company’s flagship Karish project offshore Israel is expected to be ready for sail-away by...

The Cyprus Connection: EU funds EuroAsia electric link

Planning to create well-integrated energy infrastructure networks, EU countries have agreed on a European Commission proposal to invest €1.037 billion in 5 cross-border infrastructure...

Impact of high energy prices on industry in the East Med region

Europe is still roiling under the impact of high energy prices that do not seem to be going away any time soon. Dutch hub...

Israel, Greece, Cyprus seeing green energy future

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades met in Jerusalem on December 7 where they reaffirmed...

EU-US mobilise further support for Global Methane Pledge

Ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow, European Union Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who leads the EU's international negotiations on climate, and Special...

The West needs to unite to fight for human rights

Human rights seem nonexistent in today’s world. That’s because the world’s democracies are not fighting for it. While the world’s dictatorships always seem to have...

On 9/11, it’s time for a reckoning and reflection of decades of failed US national security policy

A reckoning with America’s failed national security policy is long overdue.Our calamitous misadventures in the Middle East and the global financial collapse of 2008...

Enough of the Durban depravity

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the so-called “World Conference Against Racism”, otherwise known as Durban I. The 2001 conference was to be...

Zero tolerance for hate teaching is not negotiable

The June 2021 publication of an overdue review of Palestinian textbooks by Germany’s Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) was meant to bring peace of mind...

Greece’s Energean sees higher production and revenues, lower CO2 1H 2021

The London-based independent E&P company focusing on developing resources in the Mediterranean, Energean. announced on September 2 to the London Stock Exchange and the...

Are Turkish investors falling for Hamas’ games?

Recent reports have revealed the extent of investments and assets controlled by Hamas, the Palestinian terror group, within Turkey. Hamas has long maintained a strong...

If Europe is serious about fighting antisemitism, it must skip Durban 20

Countries are lining up to declare they will not attend the20th anniversary of the UN’s notorious 2001 World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban,...

When the “New Middle East” meets the “New Europe”

Middle Eastern experts have commented widely on the “new” foreign policy of the United Arab Emirates. Many of these same commentators have gone so...

Iran’s election is about succession

Change will not come after Iran’s next presidential election on June 18. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will remain the supreme decision-maker both before...

Israel-UAE oil transport deal sparks environmental, security concerns in Tel Aviv

Israel's Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel has called on National Security Council head Meir Ben Shabbat to cancel an oil deal recently signed with...

Europe must double down on fighting antisemitism

Whenever Israel exercises its right to defend itself against terror, count on a wave of violent antisemitism to sweep across the West. Last month,...

No discounts on the EU’s fundamental values

Alexander Schallenberg has been Austria's Federal Minister for European and International Affairs in the second Sebastian Kurz government since January 2020. He previously served...

Arab-Israeli relations hijacked by radicals

Watching the latest rocket attacks between Hamas and Israel, it is difficult to remember the heady days of the 1993 Oslo Accords when Israelis...

Why is the Rama government going soft on Hamas?

To date, the violations of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) debated in Tirana and Brussels were related to business issues. The SAA, the...

Mid-East turmoil eclipses Greece’s latest Balkan initiatives

Greek officials found time to engage in several rounds of Balkan diplomacy this week, once again taking advantage of the presence in Greece of...

Gaza media rules

No sooner had Palestinian “worshipers” on the Temple Mount chanted “Bomb, bomb Tel Aviv,” than Hamas gladly obliged and fired hundreds of rockets at...

Southeast Europe begins to tackle COVID-19 immunization delays

In terms of Covid-19 vaccinations, the gap between Europe’s haves and have nots finally appears to be narrowing, after many months where much of...

The “Europeanization” of Greek-Turkish relations: Why the Greeks favor Ankara’s EU membership

Harmonious relations with Greece has become an objective of Turkish diplomacy. The European Union’s policy of conditionality linking progress in EU-Turkey relations to Ankara’s...

The Eastern Mediterranean sideshow

We have just been through a week in which the world focused its attention completely on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.  Second place went to Afghanistan...

Israel, Cyprus plan to share Aphrodite gas field, talk first

Israel and Cyprus have reached an understanding over gas reserves in the Mediterranean Sea straddling their maritime border, resolving a long-time dispute over the...

Deep Water: Greece-Cyprus-Israel will connect longest undersea power cable

Cyprus Energy, Commerce and Industry Minister Natasa Pilides, Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, and Greece’s Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas signed on March...

Iran, IAEA agree to nuclear inspection deal with less access

The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, Rafael Mariano Grossi said it reached an agreement with Iran to continue the "necessary monitoring" of the...

Is Turkey Biden’s “ally from hell”?

Ten years ago, The Atlantic ran as its cover story a piece titled “The Ally From Hell”. The article followed the raid that killed al-Qaeda...

The world can learn more than meets the eye from Israel’s vaccine program laboratory

Israel is rolling out the coronavirus vaccine at breakneck speed, having already given a first dose to almost 50 per cent of the population.  Consequently, the country...

Kosovo and Israel establish diplomatic relations

Kosovo and Israel signed an agreement on February 1 to establish diplomatic relations in a deal brokered in the closing months of the presidency...

A new dawn for Libya brings hope for regional stability

While it may seem as though only one subject has dominated the news for the past year, and our lives came to a very...

Learning the lessons of the Holocaust means telling the whole story

I was privileged to witness the United Nations General Assembly mark the very first International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January 2006. The need to...

EU urges Israel to halt ‘illegal’ West Bank settler plan

The European Commission has urged Israel to halt "illegal" settlement activities, after the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the construction of about 800...

Erasmus and Brexit

No policy decision better encapsulates the entire Brexit process better than the UK's decision to withdraw from the Erasmus Programme. For those in Brussels,...

Secretary Pompeo lets Turkey know what Washington really thinks

In an exchange that warmed the hearts of all Greeks and Greek Cypriots everywhere and was reported as front-page news, US Secretary of State...

Cyprus, Egypt, Greece join efforts to stop Turkish actions in East Med

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met in Nicosia, Cyprus, on October 21 where they...

East Med Gas Forum to enhance regional ties, boost EU energy security

Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority established the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) as an intergovernmental organisation in a virtual...

Trump Administration’s Kosovo announcement fails to impress

The Trump Administration’s second attempt to gather Kosovar and Serbian leaders at the White House succeeded on September 4 just as Washington and most...

Cyprus moves ahead with LNG terminal works eyeing EU market

Natural Gas Infrastructure Company of Cyprus (ETYFA) has issued the Notice to Proceed to the Consortium that was awarded the construction works of the...

Netanyahu, Mossad chief under quarantine after Health Minister tests positive

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has re-entered a precautionary quarantine, after the country's Health Minister Yaakov Litzman tested positive for Covid-19. The wife of the...

Netanyahu under quarantine as aide tests positive for coronavirus

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his close aides have been placed under quarantine after a staff member within his office tested positive for...

Gantz elected speaker of Israel's parliament

Israel’s opposition leader Benny Gantz has been elected as speaker of the parliament. The surprise move could pave the way for a "rotation deal"...

Locked down, without answers

Most European governments are turning to increasingly harsh lockdowns to confront the coronavirus pandemic. They did so in the wake of watching Italy’s attempt...

Union for the Mediterranean calls for regional action to tackle water scarcity

In light of World Water day on March 22, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) has called for regional dialogue to address common challenges...

Netanyahu rival Gantz wins support to form Israeli government

Israel’s opposition leader Benny Gantz vowed to form a government within a few days after the country’s president Reuven Rivlin officially asked him to...

Netanyahu short of majority after Israel's election

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen short of capturing the majority needed to form a government, near-final election results showed on Wednesday. Neither of the...

Netanyahu claims Israel election victory

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in the Monday’s general election, with partial results putting him ahead of main rival Benny Gantz. The...

Spanish Holocaust-themed carnival celebration triggers outrage

A Spanish Carnival troupe performing a Holocaust-themed parade has canceled its shows after it triggered widespread outcry. The parade in the central Spanish region of...

International fears grow with rise of coronavirus deaths outside China

New cases and fatalities from the new coronavirus outbreak outside China have seen a major spike, days after the World Health Organization has warned...

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