Author Archive: Sebastian Andrei

Sebastian Andrei is NABATAEANS’ editor for EU - Middle East Trade and Political Relations. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna, where he majored in journalism with minors in political science as well as business and economics. Sebastian is responsible for reporting on the European Union’s external trade relations. He also writes about economic development and investment opportunities in Europe as well as about policy changes which affect the EU common market.

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EU and Israel Agree to Disagree on Horizon 2020

EU and Israel Agree to Disagree on Horizon 2020

Last July, we reported on an EU decision which would prohibit Israel from spending European funds on projects in occupied Palestinian territory. Although this move is unlikely to have a major impact on the Israeli economy, it was considered a major stumbling block for Israel’s participation in Horizon 2020 – the EU’s flagship programme for […]

Moving Forward in Egypt

Moving Forward in Egypt

The magnitude and brutality of the military crackdown in Egypt has come as great surprise to the western powers. Both the EU and the US have had a difficult time calibrating their reactions to the recent events. In their responses, they have remained careful not to alienate Egypt’s military-backed rulers while still appearing tough on the heavy-handed methods used to quell opposition to the coup d’état.

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EU Suspends Some Military Aid to Egypt

EU Suspends Some Military Aid to Egypt

At an emergency meeting held yesterday in Brussels, foreign ministers from the EU member states decided to partially suspend the provision of arms to Egypt in light of the recent violence. The decision will rescind licenses which permit the export of military equipment that could be used for “internal repression”. However, this covers only certain […]

EU: The Economic Consequences of EU Policy on Israeli Settlements

EU: The Economic Consequences of EU Policy on Israeli Settlements

In many ways, the mild sanctions which the EU imposed on Israel last week has helped to break new ground in the Middle East peace process. For the first time, a major economic power offered a meaningful public rebuke of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. More importantly, the timing of the move was essential in […]

EU: First Round of TTIP Talks Conclude

EU: First Round of TTIP Talks Conclude

Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) officially started last Monday, July 8th. 150 negotiators from the EU and the US gathered in Washington for one week to discuss how cooperation should best progress in the various areas which the agreement is expected to encompass. These include, among others, energy, investments and financial […]

EU: Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Next Step in Diversifying Europe’s Energy Supply

EU: Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Next Step in Diversifying Europe’s Energy Supply

In January 2009, Russia accused Ukraine of tapping into the natural gas pipelines which run across its territory and abruptly cut off supply in retaliation. The dispute was caused by a simple disagreement over price: In late 2008, the Ukrainian state-owned energy company Naftogaz was paying an average of only $179.50 per 1,000 cubic meters. […]

The NSA Spying Scandal and EU-US Trade Talks

The NSA Spying Scandal and EU-US Trade Talks

With negotiations on the TTIP set to begin in Washington in one week (July 8th), this is a particularly unfortunate time for the United States to be embroiled in a major spying scandal. And while it was bad enough that the NSA was found to have been spying on US citizens, revelations that European countries […]

A Decade in the Making: Croatia Joins the European Union on July 1st

A Decade in the Making: Croatia Joins the European Union on July 1st

The story behind Croatia’s EU accession process and the impact of membership on the country’s economy.