The UAE Lobby in the European Union Fails to Convince

Amal Abdullah al-Qubaysi

by Eldar Mamedov In a major effort to boost its international image, the United Arab Emirates launched on January 9 an exhibition in the European Parliament (EP) highlighting its relief and humanitarian aid activities around the world. Prior to the… Continue Reading  

Brussels, not Tehran, in Pompeo’s Crosshairs

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (U.S. Embassy Poland)

by Eldar Mamedov During his trip to the Middle East the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced an international summit in Warsaw on February 13-14 to “promote freedom, peace and stability in the Middle East.” Such objectives, judging by his… Continue Reading  

On the Virtues of Restraint: A View from Europe

Emmanuel Macron (Frederic Legrand--COMEO via Shutterstock)

by Eldar Mamedov The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw from Syria caught the European foreign policy establishment, like pretty much everybody else, flat-footed. During the early stages of the Syrian civil war, the European Union echoed Washington’s view… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Strange Bedfellows 

British MEP Sajjad Karim (Wikimedia Commons/Leila Paul)

by Eldar Mamedov At the beginning of December a group of “independent women-pioneers” from Saudi Arabia visited Brussels. The delegation had meetings in the European Parliament (EP), European Commission and think-tanks. The announced purpose of the visit was to hold… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Extreme Right is in Bed with MEK

Alejo Vidal-Quadras (Wikimedia Commons/Jfuertesf)

by Eldar Mamedov Until recently Spain was the envy of Europe. While in most countries the resurgence of the populist right was reshaping national politics, Spain was able to dodge the trend: a centre-right government lost power six months ago… Continue Reading