Supporting the Future of Syria

At the Brussels conference on “supporting the future of Syria”, co-chaired on Tuesday by the European Union and the United Nations, the international community pledged €5.3 billion for 2021 and beyond for Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting the largest Syrian refugee population. Of this amount, €3.7 billion were announced by the EU, with €1.12 billion coming from the European Commission and €2.6…

Repatriating Terrorists

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and the European Policy Centre (EPC) have launched a joint report, titled ‘Marching home? Why repatriating foreign terrorist fighters is a pan-European priority.’ The report is co-authored by Prof. Ian Acheson, Senior Advisor to CEP and Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst at EPC. The report examines why Europe needs to…

EU member states should step up efforts supporting Syrian people, but no normalisation with Assad regime

At a recent EU-UN conference on Syria in Brussels, the Socialists and Democrats urge EU member states for ambitious pledges for the impartial delivery of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people in need through UN agencies and civil society organisations.  At the same time, the S&Ds reaffirm that the UN-led political process for Syria, with…

US Moves to Counter Hezbollah

By Ambassador Nathan A. Sales In April, Germany announced it was formally banning activities of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah from its soil. This historic development shows that the rest of the world is increasingly joining America’s efforts to isolate and combat this violent organization, and we urge our allies and partners to follow Germany’s…

EP Condemns Turkish Invasion of Syria

Socialists and Democrats have strongly condemned Turkish military intervention against Kurdish-led forces in Northeast Syria, calling Ankara to immediately and permanently halt it. The Russia-Turkey deal reached yesterday legitimises the Turkish invasion of a 32 kilometre zone along the Syrian border and the refoulement of 2 million refugees. All of these are grave violations of…