February 6 to 10

The European Union will impose harsher sanctions on Syria, a senior EU official said today, as Russia tried to broker talks between the vice president and the opposition to calm violence. In Brussels, a senior EU official said the bloc will soon impose harsher sanctions against Syria as it seeks to weaken Assad’s regime. The official said the new measures may include bans on the import of Syrian phosphates, on commercial flights between Syria and Europe, and on financial transactions with the country’s central bank.

The Muslim Brotherhood demanded Thursday that Egypt’s military rulers cede control of the government, stepping closer to a long-anticipated confrontation between the ruling generals and the Islamist-dominated Parliament. the Brotherhood called for the military to allow the replacement of the current prime minister and cabinet with a new coalition government formed by Parliament, which would amount to an immediate handover of power.

Exactly one year after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, nothing goes well between Cairo and Washington and the diplomatic crisis between the two allied is likely to worsen again. « Egypt will not yield to pressure, » said Wednesday night the Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri, while several U.S. official delegations are expected to arrive in Egypt and some even talk in Washington to suspend US military aid.

The exploratory mission of the European Union (EU) on Election Monitoring is continuing its consultations in Algiers. Including officials from the European Commission and experts in electoral systems, security and legislative mechanisms, the mission will stay until February 22, 2012. Part of the delegation left the country yesterday and the presence of the observers during the elections is not yet acquired.

Delinquency, crime, spread of weapons … One year after the revolution, Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans are facing the increasing violence. They wake up with a hangover and sometimes irrational fear of being plunged into the same chaos that Iraq after Saddam’s fall.