Saudi Lobbying in Brussels Gone Awry

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by Eldar Mamedov On February 14, the European Parliament adopted a new resolution condemning Saudi Arabia for the detention and torture of women human rights defenders. As the kingdom’s PR machine proudly advertises its supposed reforms to empower women, Riyadh… Continue Reading  

Europe Will Fight to Safeguard the Iran Deal

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by Eldar Mamedov There is growing uncertainty around the fate of the nuclear deal with Iran and, more broadly, intentions of the Trump administration regarding that country. Meanwhile, the world, including the American supporters of the agreement—also known as the… Continue Reading  

Catherine Ashton’s Iran Legacy

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by Eldar Mamedov The EU will usher in a new foreign policy chief come November. The anti-Kremlin Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has already expressed his desire to take on Catherine Ashton’s position as High Representative of the Union for Foreign… Continue Reading  

The MEK’s Influence in EU Politics Matters

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by Eldar Mamedov In a sign of re-emerging ties between the European Union (EU) and Iran, Edgars Rinkevics, Latvia’s minister of foreign affairs, visited Tehran on April 24. The visit was significant because Latvia will hold the EU’s rotating presidency in the first… Continue Reading  

The Politics of the EU Resolution on Iran

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by Farideh Farhi On April 3 the European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution on EU Strategy towards Iran. It proposes the opening of a EU delegation in Tehran; cooperation in a number of areas such as the fight against narcotic… Continue Reading