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17/03: Moroccan PM Abdelilah Benkirane, relieved of his duties, Mohamed VI appoints another PJD member, Saad Eddine Al-Othmani

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:02pm
After five months of fruitless political negotiations, King Mohamed VI decided to appoint Saad Eddine Al-Othmani, President of the National Council of the PJD, as Prime Minister

A survey reveals the poor management of migration and refugees by Europe since 2014

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:02pm
Last year, the conflicts in Libya and Syria and their regional impact led to the worst refugee crisis in history since the end of the Second World War. The Euromed Survey, conducted by the IEMed during 2016, asked experts and actors to assess the reaction to the movements of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and what should be done.

14/03: Joint Communication on EU Strategy on Syria

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:45am
The aim of the document is to reinforce EU’s strategy towards the post-conflict Syria

13/03: The EU and Algeria adopt Partnership Priorities in the EU-Algeria Association Council

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:05am
Main focus on diversifying the Algerian economy through structural reforms

Women: Without a Priority on the Agenda of a Troubled World

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:45pm
“In the Maghreb, discrimination against women concerns many aspects: lack of right to inheritance, lack of children’s guardianship (Morocco), lax legislation and jurisprudence for the persecution of male violence, very low literary rates, exclusion or marginalisation in the labour world...”

Second Turkish generation in Europe, the path towards employment success

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 5:06pm
“Until now, much of the academic interest in the children of immigrants has focused on studying aspects such as failure, dropping out of school and unemployment. We wanted to give centre stage to those second-generation immigrants who have achieved success in the labour world."

Refugees: from crisis to crisis according to changing interests and actors

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 5:02pm
"Since 2014, approximately 1.6 million refugees and migrants have reached the coasts of Europe through the Mediterranean. In the same period of time, around 12,000 people have died when trying to cross the sea."

Religious Discourse and Democratic Values in Tunisia

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:51pm
In a seminar today at the IEMed the Fondation Ahmed Tlili pour la Culture Démocratique, based in Tunisia, has presented an initiative that seeks to promote mechanisms to generate an open and tolerant discourse in mosques, free from external influences beyond the religious culture of the country, and that also disseminates the democratic values set out in the country's new constitution.

Human Rights in the Maghreb, a Constant Fight

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:41pm
"Throughout the Maghreb there is a big risk of regression of fundamental liberties." The activist Khadija Ryadi, President of the Coordination Mahgrébine des Organisations des Droits Humains, made this statement at the beginning of a lecture at the IEMed on the current situation of human rights in Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia.

Mediterranean economies and central banks

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:45pm
In order to debate possible future scenarios for the economies of Mediterranean countries and the Arab World, as well as the role of central banks, the IEMed has organized today an international conference in Barcelona with the support of Banco de España.

21/02: Ivan Surkos, new head of the EU Delegation in Egypt

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:32pm
The EU Delegate in Egypt is also accredited to the League of Arab States, based in Cairo.

Tunisia: six years of democratic transition

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:20pm
Tunisia has been practicing for six years a new democratic political life. The institutions have been created and a new constitution drafted with political consensus has been approved. The transition, however, runs into obstacles and faces dangers that have been analyzed today at a seminar in Helsinki organized by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) and the IEMed.

11/02: Appointment of former Palestinian PM to high-level UN position vetoed by US

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 1:24pm
Secretary General Guterres’s support to Salam Fayyad’s appointment as special envoy for Libya resulted in the US and Israel disapproval

Series of debates on immigration and refugees

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:23pm
Despite the climate of conflict surrounding the current debate on migrations and refugees, human movements in the Mediterranean are not new and do not have a single problematic aspect. In this respect, the IEMed co-organised with the Sala Beckett in Barcelona a series of roundtables and activities during January and February to approach the issue from the literary and performing arts field and to analyse the political and civil society response.

07/02: Renewed tensions between the EU and Morocco over the territorial application of Agriculture and Fishing Agreement

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 1:53pm
EU and Morocco issue a joint declaration confirming their continued engagement after the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing threatened to turn to other partners over dissent on the application of the agreement on Western Sahara

07/02: Renewed tensions between the EU and Morocco over territorial application of Agriculture and Fishing Agreement

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 1:14pm
EU and Morocco issue a joint declaration confirming their continued engagement after the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing threatened to turn to other partners over dissent on the application of the agreement on Western Sahara

03/02: Libya and migration at the centre of European Council meeting in Malta

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:46pm
The EU Heads of State and Government signed a joint document to enhance their support to Libya

02/02: Agreement signed between Libya and Italy to enhance cooperation on border and coast control

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:36pm
The document aims at enhancing Libya’s Coast Guard an Law Enforcment authorities empowerment to better control the Southern border and limit the irregular migrations

31/01: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visits Iran to take stock of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran Nuclear Programme and reaffirm EU’s support

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 5:37pm
Foreign Minister Ayrault took stock of the respect of Iran part of the Plan and give the Islamic Republic EU’s support in reducing its Nuclear Programme

28/01: 2nd Southern European Union Summit at Heads of State and Government level held in Lisboa

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:03am
Participants advocated for an increased cooperation between their countries to better address EU’s common challenges. Increase of cooperation with Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan countries, among the core points.

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