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2nd August 2017 - RealClearDefense

Hamas to Remain on the EU Terror List

Toby Dershowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on July 26 rejected the assessment of its advocate general who had concluded in September that the right paperwork was not filed in the evidence that kept Hamas on Europe’s terrorism list between 2010 and 2014.

30th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

EU Delists Syrian Tycoon, Highlighting Global Sanctions Pitfalls

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

The European Union’s second-highest court nullified sanctions last week on a businessman with Syrian and Russian citizenship for his role in aiding both the Islamic State (IS) and the Assad regime.

6th December 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Can the EU breathe a deep sigh of relief?

Benjamin Weinthal

The defeat of the far-right politician Norbert Hofer in Austria’s presidential election on Sunday conjures up the writings of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830- 1916), who quipped about her country: “Austria is a small world in which the big world holds its rehearsal.”

5th December 2016 - BBC

The Inquiry

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir comments on Turkey's relationship with the EU.

18th November 2016 - Quoted by France24

Turkey and the EU: The end of the road?

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to call a referendum on the future of Turkey's EU membership bid, while Brussels accuses Ankara of "backsliding" on key commitments.

3rd July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany harbors 300 Hamas, 950 Hezbollah members and activists

Benjamin Weinthal

Some 300 Hamas members and supporters – as well as 950 Hezbollah activists and members – are operating in Germany, the country’s domestic intelligence agency said in its annual federal report, the same numbers as were listed in its 2013 and 2014 reports.

29th June 2016 - The Washington Times

Rule Britannia

Clifford D. May

Whether you think the United Kingdom exiting the European Union is cause for alarm or celebration, you have to concede this: Britons engaged in an open, lively and mostly peaceful debate, they turned out in droves, they cast their votes freely and fairly and, by so doing, expressed their...

28th June 2016 - Twin Cities News Talk

Up & At ‘Em

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on Brexit and the impact on global security.

27th June 2016 - FDD Research

EU-Iran Nuclear Cooperation: The Case for Stronger Safety and Nonproliferation Standards

Olli Heinonen

The constraints imposed on Iran’s activities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) curb Tehran’s nuclear program for eight to 15 years. The key restrictions on the program, however, disappear over time, leaving Tehran with an industrial-size nuclear program with near-zero...

25th June 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Chairman of FDD's Leadership Council Jim Woolsey comments on Brexit.

26th March 2016 - Quoted by Binoy Kampmark - Disident Voice

Finalising Cruelty: The EU-Turkey Agreement on Refugees

Aykan Erdemir

It seemed a foregone conclusion, but here it was, a ghastly cuddling show between Turkish officials and Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

22nd March 2016 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the EU-Turkey migration deal which comes into effect Sunday at midnight.

21st March 2016 - Quoted by Gonul Tol - Middle East Institute

Turkish Experts Comment on E.U.-Turkey Deal

Aykan Erdemir

The European Union and Turkey agreed March 17 on a plan to address the Syrian refugee crisis. Under the deal any migrants arriving in Europe, starting next week, will be sent back to Turkey. Ankara, in exchange, will receive expedited aid intended to help Syrians in Turkey, as well as the...

15th March 2016 - BBC

BBC World News America

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the Belgian raid and European intelligence.

27th February 2016 - Quoted by Deniz Arslan - Today's Zaman

Turkey needs to readjust Syria policy to avoid further damage

Turkey's policies concerning Syria have eroded the country's international position more than any other factor due to their encouragement of radical jihadists in the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stirring up of sectarian conflicts and mismanagement of relations with the...

20th December 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Five Years Later: How the US and EU Failed the Arab Spring

Benjamin Weinthal

Thursday marked the five-year anniversary of the outbreak of the Arab Spring when a young Tunisian, Muhammad Bouazizi, set himself ablaze in 2010 to protest the regime’s seizure of his vegetable stand.

23rd November 2015 - AM 970

The Joe Piscopo Show

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah covering the Belgium terror alerts.

29th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

EU Set to Delist Entities Linked to Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian lawmakers broadly endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal on October 11.

31st July 2015 - The Arab Weekly

After Iran Deal, EU to Lift Sanctions on Guards’ Business Empire

While persuading Iranian negotiators to accept the July 14th Vienna Agreement, and per­haps in an attempt to entice Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) not to oppose the controversial nuclear deal, the European Union has decided to lift sanctions imposed on key figures in the...

25th June 2015 - Politico Europe

Europe Needs Greece

Aykan Erdemir

The Greek debt crisis has become so complicated that we now have digests and timelines to guide us through the saga.

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