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Georgian opposition outraged as ruling party tears up EU brokered deal

Georgian opposition outraged as ruling party tears up EU brokered deal

It always looked wobbly, and with little chance that it would succeed in resolving Georgia's deep political crisis. But on Wednesday (28 July), the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party finally sunk the so called "Michel Agreement" signed with much fanfare on 19 April. The Georgian opposition is outraged, and things are back to square one, if not worse.
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In Tunisia, Ennahda calls for dialogue and says it is ready for early elections

In Tunisia, Ennahda calls for dialogue and says it is ready for early elections

Tunisia's largest political party has called for the holding of simultaneous legislative and presidential elections to guarantee the protection of the democratic process. On its part the European Union said in a statement that "the country’s commitment to democracy, and respect for the rule of law, for the Constitution and for the legislative framework must be maintained".
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Battlefronts back to stalemate as peace continues to elude Yemen

Battlefronts back to stalemate as peace continues to elude Yemen

The recent battle that erupted in Al-Baydah, centre of Yemen, has simmered like its counterpart in Marib. Groups and formations fighting the Houthis on the battlefront failed to garner sufficient support to withhold the recent gains by the legitimate government of Yemen allowing the Houthis to recapture some of the areas lost by them in the past few weeks. 

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Cairo's underbridges on a path of transformation

Cairo's underbridges on a path of transformation

Egypt's capital, Cairo, is home to hundreds of bridges and bridge extensions scattered all over the metropolis. For long, under bridges were a place for the homeless, renegades and illicit activities but the scene is rapidly changing now as underbridges turn into cafes and social corners. 
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Arab cinematography features prominently in the 74th Cannes film festival

Arab cinematography features prominently in the 74th Cannes film festival

The 74th Cannes International Film Festival opened yesterday (06 July) after being cancelled last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The festival, held in Cannes, France, previews films of all genres, including documentation from all over the world.  This year the festival had a remarkable Arab presence despite the pandemic both at the level of films participating in the official competition or at the level of competition juries.

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Commentary: Action with appeasement needs to be France’s strategy to ensure the survival of its unique secular model

Commentary: Action with appeasement needs to be France’s strategy to ensure the survival of its unique secular model

Over the last years, France has faced criticism for its perceived stance against Islam. In this commentary for commonspace.eu, Camille Victor suggests that this stems from a misunderstanding of France's unique interpretation of secularism, arguing that the preservation of the French secular model requires finding ways to appease rising tensions whilst simultaneously acting against very real threats to the country's core republican values.
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Opinion: The South Caucasus needs more EU, less Russia, and a better life for all the people of the region

Opinion: The South Caucasus needs more EU, less Russia, and a better life for all the people of the region

The European Union has indicated it is re-enforcing its engagement with the South Caucasus, including on the thorny issues of conflict resolution. Dennis Sammut argues in this op-ed that this is timely and necessary. The region needs more EU, less Russia and prospects for a better quality of life for all its people. For this to happen the EU needs to be more strategic in its approach to the region and there is no longer place for hesitation and ambiguity, he argues.
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Tashkent hosts major conference focusing on Central and South Asia

Tashkent hosts major conference focusing on Central and South Asia

Speaking at the start of one of the largest international events to take place in the Uzbek capital for decades, the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, spoke of the need for the revival of mutual ties in Central and South Asia, where about two billion people live today. Regional and world leaders are attending the International Conference “Central and South Asia: Regional Interconnectedness. Challenges and Opportunities”, including high level officials from the EU and the US, the President of Afghanistan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the foreign ministers of the Central and South Asian countries, and delegations from 44 countries and about 30 international organisations.
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Georgian opposition outraged as ruling party tears up EU brokered deal

Georgian opposition outraged as ruling party tears up EU brokered deal

It always looked wobbly, and with little chance that it would succeed in resolving Georgia's deep political crisis. But on Wednesday (28 July), the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party finally sunk the so called "Michel Agreement" signed with much fanfare on 19 April. The Georgian opposition is outraged, and things are back to square one, if not worse.
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In Tunisia, Ennahda calls for dialogue and says it is ready for early elections

In Tunisia, Ennahda calls for dialogue and says it is ready for early elections

Tunisia's largest political party has called for the holding of simultaneous legislative and presidential elections to guarantee the protection of the democratic process. On its part the European Union said in a statement that "the country’s commitment to democracy, and respect for the rule of law, for the Constitution and for the legislative framework must be maintained".

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GEU Podcast: How should the EU manage relations with its eastern neighbours? – with Viola von Cramon MEP

GEU Podcast: How should the EU manage relations with its eastern neighbours? – with Viola von Cramon MEP

It’s now nearly 12-years since the establishment of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) – a joint initiative bringing together the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In this episode, Will Murray speaks to Viola von Cramon-Taubadel MEP about the EU’s neighbourhood policy to the east and how it should move forwards.
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commonspace.eu is changing. We are stepping up as part of our mission to contribute to the debate about Europe’s future role in the world, and we are expanding our coverage to include the whole European neighbourhood to the east and to the south. We aim to provide accurate news and original analysis, and offer a forum for diverse views and opinions.