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Défilé. Un groupe de femmes fidèles aux rebelles Houthis a défilé dans le stade de Sanaa, capital du Yémen, mercredi 17 janvier. Cette manifestation s’est déroulée pour marquer le désaccord d’une petite partie de la populationavec l’Arabie Saoudite et son ingérence dans les affaires du pays. Khaled Abdullah. Reuters.

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BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK- Fireworks display marking the lighting of a Christmas tree at the Manger Square near the Church of the Nativity Middle East Monitor

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A tumultuous visit for Charles Michel in Israel


by Chloé de Radzitzky Last Monday, the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel left for a visit of three days in Israel. Were scheduled: official visits with Benyamin Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin; meetings with potential investors, as well as visits of projects supported by the Belgian Cooperation. Everything would have taken place without incident if the Israeli president had not denounced in a press release, the meeting between Charles Michel and two Israeli organizations, B' tselem and Breaking the silence, opposing the colonization[1]. Netanyahu declared: " the Belgian government has to decide if he wants to change direction or to continue on an anti-Israeli line "[2]. This statement echoes the ambiguous position that the Kingdom maintains towards Israel.

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The EU Strategic Partnership with the Mediterranean and the Middle East (SPMME):  A Forgotten Initiative towards a Comprehensive and Consistent EU Multilateral Approach vis-à-vis the Arab States

by Mohamed Riyad M. Almosly

A consistent approach in the European Union (EU) external relations preserves its credibility in the world and makes it a more effective international actor (Lannon, 2015: 82). To avoid any fragmentation in this respect, Article 21(3) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) provides that “The Union shall ensure consistency between the different areas of its external action and between these and its other policies. The Council and the Commission, assisted by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy [HRVP], shall ensure that consistency and shall cooperate to that effect” Read more

 What does determine the allocation of foreign aid to the MENA countries ?

By Chloé de Radzitzky


The aim of foreign aid is to help developing countries facing issues affecting their economic development. However, this article argues that in the case of the allocation of aid in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the needs of recipient’s countries for economic development do not seem to be the most important determinant. As the Department for International Development has said, MENA receives more aid per poor person compared to other regions,  »but poverty reduction is not the primary motivation for many donors’ assistance » (DFID 2003: 11). Several studies emphasizes that economic, ideological, and political interests of donors determine the allocation of aid in this strategically important region.

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