Updated: 1 year 6 months ago
The European Institute of the Mediterranean wants to make public its strongest condemnation of the attacks that have occurred in Barcelona, our city, and in Cambrils and to express our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims. For an institution such as the IEMed, with the mission of promoting through dialogue and cooperation, peace, prosperity and the rapprochement of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, recourse to indiscriminate violence against civilians is unjustifiable. Once again we are witnessing an attack on essential values, such as freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights. And again we want to remember the importance of not to take rushed decisions due to the alarm created, the need to combine the security strategy with measures to prevent radicalization, not oversize the power of Daesh and not fall into the trap of stigmatization of a whole community.
Since his election, Donald Trump continues to surprise the international community with its controversial decisions and statements. With the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change or the contempt for multilateralism, to name a few examples, the Trump government seems to want to impose a very different foreign policy from his predecessor's. Regarding the Mediterranean, rules a still great ambiguity about his intentions which explains why Trump’s arrival to power continue to raise concerns or hope according to the countries.
Deeper integration between the Euro-Mediterranean region’s countries and more accurate policies on labour market, investment, competition and specialization could boost youth employment. This is one of the main conclusions of the study “Youth employment and regional integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region” presented today at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona.
The programme is aimed at supporting Tunisia's economy by a series of loans
Political stability and consequences of the war in Syria, headlines of the Association Council
17/07: The EU reaffirms its support to Egypt ahead of the 7th EU-Egypt Association Council, on 25 July
The EU and Egypt will hold their first official meeting in this format since 2010
The visibility and impact of the European Union in the Mediterranean region has eroded over the years. This fact is not surprising. On 2013, the 838 experts on Euro-Mediterranean relations consulted in an international survey placed the United States as the most influential international actor in the Mediterranean region, followed by Russia, Iran and Turkey.
The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) opened its doors in Barcelona on March 4, 2010. Born in 2008 at the Paris Summit of the Mediterranean, the objective then was to give a new impetus to the Barcelona Process, mainly through major regional projects.
Under this programme, Algeria will work at using its water more efficiently in the agriculture sector
10/07: The EU and Jordan discuss Syria crisis and further cooperation during their 12th Association Council
HR/VP Mogherini and FM Safadi committed to further cooperation, especially in defence and security
The MedThink 5+5 network calls for promoting inclusive socioeconomic development in the Western Mediterranean
Propose political channels to stabilise Libya, promote greater economic and financial integration, guarantee food safety in the region, and define policies addressed at youth and prevention of radicalisation. These issues are being debated by the around forty experts participating in the annual forum of the MedThink 5+5, a network of 31 think tanks from the different countries of the intergovernmental cooperation platform of the Western Mediterranean known as 5+5 Dialogue (Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Libya and Tunisia).
This new on-line tool is meant to support Euro-Mediterranean trade by helping providing businesses with knowledge about Euro-Mediterranean markets.
On 20 June, like every year since 2001, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) celebrates World Refugee Day to raise awareness among the international community about this serious problem.
The conflict in Yemen is at a standstill. Over two years have gone by since the start of the war and none of the factions in confrontation has managed to militarily assert its authority. According to the United Nations, over 10,000 have died and 40,000 have been injured, 3 million have become domestic displaced people and half the population is living in a situation of food insecurity. For the NGOs it is a "humanitarian crisis"; for the international community it is an almost unnoticed, forgotten, conflict.
Daesh uses Islam to claim responsibility for and legitimise its terrorist actions, the persecution of minorities or the execution of people. This movement is usually labelled Islamist but some argue that its action has little or nothing to do with what the Koran prescribes.
According to a 2017 survey by Reports Without Borders on press freedom, Turkey occupies position 155 of 180 countries analysed. Since last year, and after the failed coup of July and the subsequent purges led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country has dropped four positions in the ranking that the NGO publishes annually. At present, Amnesty International estimates that over 120 journalists have been imprisoned in the country, a figure that according to some organisations reaches 163.
“If we look at the current map of Syria it seems that the conflict is highly fragmented: there are zones controlled by the regime, others in the hands of the rebels, the Kurdish militias, the Islamic State... But, in fact, after the fall of the east of Aleppo in December, the regime and its allies, Russia and Iran, have become stronger and now seek to regain control of the east of the county, from which they have been almost excluded for four years.”
In 2011, while the wave of protests against authoritarianism was spreading through the Maghreb and the Middle East, Palestine, an example of popular mobilisation over recent decades, looked on from the sidelines and had no "Arab Spring".
A lecture on the complex web of actors involved in the Syrian conflict, particularly the Sunni and Shiite Islamist groups, by Ignacio Álvarez Ossorio, Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Alicante, closed the third annual cycle of lectures Aula Mediterrània.
Around 100 researchers and experts from study centres and think tanks of over 20 European and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries are debating today and tomorrow in Barcelona the scope of the threat of violent extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean region and how to confront it. The debates take place in the framework of "Confronting Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean area", the annual conference of EuroMeSCo, the main network of research centres on politics and security in the Mediterranean (106 centres from 32 Euro-Mediterranean countries) coordinated by the IEMed.