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World European states urge Israel to stop settlement expansion

15:15  28 october  2021
15:15  28 october  2021 Source:   reuters.com

EU top official says Polish ruling is a threat to the bloc

  EU top official says Polish ruling is a threat to the bloc BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official locked horns Tuesday with Poland's prime minister, arguing that a recent ruling from the country's constitutional court challenging the supremacy of EU laws is a threat to the bloc's foundations and won't be left unanswered. Addressing EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said she is deeply concerned by the ruling, which she said is “a direct challenge to the unity of the European legal order" and undermines the protection of judicial independence. © Provided by Associated Press Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sits Tuesday, Oct.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany, along with other 11 European countries, urged Israel on Thursday to reverse its decision to advance plans to construct around 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank.

View shows the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank © Reuters/AMMAR AWAD View shows the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

In a joint statement by the foreign ministries of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden, the countries

said they opposed settlement expansion across the occupied Palestinian Territories.

"We call on both parties to build on steps taken in recent months to improve cooperation and reduce tensions," the countries said.

Israel moved forward on Wednesday with plans to build some 3,000 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, defying the strongest criticism to date of such projects from the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden.

(Reporting by Riham Alkousaa, editing by Emma Thomasson)

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