EU-Mideast ties

Turkey, Italy talk economic ties in videoconference

The latest sign of friendship between Turkey and Italy comes amid otherwise tense Turkey-Europe relations, largely due to Turkey's plan to drill in Greek and Cypriot waters.

Al-Monitor Staff | EU-Mideast ties | Jul 30, 2020
al-monitor Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio gives a speech on March 1, 2018, in Rome, ahead of elections on March 4. Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images.

German woman kidnapped in Baghdad freed in Iraqi operation

German national Hella Mewis, who was abducted outside of her office in Baghdad on Monday evening, was freed in an operation carried out by Iraqi security forces.

Al-Monitor Staff | Art and entertainment | Jul 24, 2020

Will Azeri-Armenian flare-up change energy game in South Caucasus?

Azeri-Armenian clashes in the strategically significant Tavush area could be the harbinger of tectonic changes in the energy politics in the South Caucasus, Turkey and Iran.

Metin Gurcan | Oil and gas | Jul 22, 2020

Hungarian foreign minister visits Israel, discusses Iranian file

Visiting Israel despite the coronavirus spike, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto discussed with his counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi not only bilateral cooperation, but also the Iranian file.

Rina Bassist | EU-Mideast ties | Jul 21, 2020

Rising EU-Turkey tensions take center stage with Borrell visit to Ankara

With EU accession talks frozen, the bloc’s foreign policy chief faces the tough task of creating a new negotiation table for the bloc and Ankara to address rising tensions.

Diego Cupolo | EU-Mideast ties | Jul 7, 2020