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Europe’s unfortunate return to pragmatism over Egypt

A visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Egypt in early March was the latest example of how major European countries have once again relapsed to a decades-old foreign policy that favours pragmatism and hard interests over values and democracy when dealing with the most populous Arab nation.

Ireland to send medical expert to assess health of detainee Ibrahim Halawa

The Irish government has stated it will send an independent medical expert to assess the health of Irish-Egyptian political detainee Ibrahim Halawa, who has been imprisoned in Egypt since August 2013, according to a report by the Irish Times.

Sisi’s NATO-like pan-Arab force would fail

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has been calling for an Arab joint military force for some time now. Ostensibly, such a force would be designed to combat the threat of “terrorism” from Islamist groups, and to provide support to specific factions in the conflicts raging in Libya and Yemen.

Egypt, a Partner for Peace and Stability

President Donald Trump’s positive signals to Egypt and its leader, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, have made many Egyptians hopeful that the United States will adopt a more constructive approach to Egypt and more effective policies for the region’s problems.

Is an ‘Arab NATO’ in the works?

The convergence of views between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump has seemingly led Trump to turn into a facilitator of Sisi’s dreams. These dreams include banning the Muslim Brotherhood and founding a joint Arab force. On Feb. 15, The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed Arab …

Merkel ignores Sisi’s human rights record for immigration-curbing deal

Angela Merkel has met with the Egyptian president in an attempt to cut a deal to curb the flow of migrants from Africa into Fortress Europe, offering a package of ‘sweetners’ to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and ignoring his regime’s human rights abuses.