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Letter to HRVP Borrell concerning the plight of EU citizens held hostage in Iran

Letter to HRVP Borrell concerning the plight of EU citizens held hostage in Iran

EU Watch recently sent a letter to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell in which we asked him what he and the EU diplomatic service have done to free EU citizens detained in Iran, such as Jamshid Sharmahd (Germany) and Ahmadreza Djalali (Sweden) who are both facing executions.

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“Iran must be treated like Russia”: Daughter of abducted dissident sentenced to death in Iran urges change of strategy

“Iran must be treated like Russia”: Daughter of abducted dissident sentenced to death in Iran urges change of strategy

German national Jamshid Sharmhad was hijacked by Iranian agents in Dubai in 2020. His daughter Gazelle is campaigning for his release and urges Europe to take a tougher line with the Islamic Republic.

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Confronting authoritarian regimes: How should the EU deal with Iran? – 20 April 2023, 16:00 CET – REGISTER NOW

Confronting authoritarian regimes: How should the EU deal with Iran? – 20 April 2023, 16:00 CET – REGISTER NOW

Should Iran’s Revolutionary Guard be added to the EU terror list? What has been done to free European citizens held hostage in Iran? Is the current EU policy vis-à-vis the Iranian regime effective? Leading experts give their insights. Join us for this online event.

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“Borrell’s statements are just empty words”: Daughter of Iran prisoner wants stronger EU action

“Borrell’s statements are just empty words”: Daughter of Iran prisoner wants stronger EU action

Mariam Claren is campaigning for the release of her mother who was been held in the notorious Evin prison in Iran since 2020. Are European governments doing enough?

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“Russia sanctions will remain in place for a long time”: EU Sanctions Envoy David O’Sullivan

“Russia sanctions will remain in place for a long time”: EU Sanctions Envoy David O’Sullivan

INTERVIEW: The former senior European Commission official is tasked with overseeing the implementation of restrictive measures. EU Watch sat down with him for an interview.

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Qatargate: “It is time the European Parliament delivers on reforms”

Qatargate: “It is time the European Parliament delivers on reforms”

The latest proposals adopted can be a “game-changer” but swift implementation is needed, argues Green Party MEP Daniel Freund in an EU Watch interview.

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EU treaty change: “I can see it happening in the context of enlargement”

EU treaty change: “I can see it happening in the context of enlargement”

INTERVIEW: The change from unanimity to qualified majority voting in the foreign policy won’t radically transform the EU. But it could help forge a faster policy and actions, argues SWP EU expert Nicolai von Ondarza.

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“There is a lot more the EU can do vis-à-vis Iran” | A view from Washington

“There is a lot more the EU can do vis-à-vis Iran” | A view from Washington

The European Union should list Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation, argues the Middle East expert Matthew Levitt

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German expert says most European states still prioritise NATO over EU

German expert says most European states still prioritise NATO over EU

Nicolai von Ondarza of Germany’s SWP think-tank about European Union’s role and effectiveness in security and defence.

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German MEP urges EU states to expel Iranian ambassadors

German MEP urges EU states to expel Iranian ambassadors

Dietmar Köster doesn’t mince words on what the European Union should do towards Iran in an interview with EU Watch.

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