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Almost a year after French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut and launched a French initiative to relieve his country’s former colony of its myriad of crises, nothing has been achieved. Food prices continue to skyrocket, fuel lines stretch for miles, and the Lebanese military – which not only monitors some of the world’s most sensitive …

Shops, government offices, businesses and banks, largely controlled by Lebanon’s Christian and Sunni elites, closed in a general strike last Thursday. Protesters erected roadblocks in Beirut and other cities, burning tires and crippling traffic, including the road to Beirut airport. As workers joined the strike to protest the appalling social conditions and endemic corruption that …

France is considering sanctioning the president of the Free Patriotic Movement Gebran Bassil, Reuters reported. A senior European official told Reuters that France aimed to sanction Bassil, who was sanctioned by the United States in November 2020. The news comes amid anticipation of EU sanctions against Lebanese politicians involved in the political stalemate Lebanon has …

The leader of Lebanon’s largest Christian political party said on Sunday that he still wanted Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri to form a new government, and blamed political opponents for months of political paralysis. Lebanese politicians have been arguing over the structure of a new government since the last one resigned following the devastating explosion at …

EU threatens Lebanese politicians with sanctions over political crisis BEIRUT – European Union foreign policy chief berates Lebanese politicians for delays in forming new cabinet, warning that the Union may impose sanctions on those behind the stalemate policy in the country affected by the crisis. Josep Borrell makes his comments at the presidential palace near …

File photo: Gebran Bassil, Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc leader, will speak at a parliamentary conference at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on May 22, 2021. REUTERS / Mohamed Azakir June 18, 2021 John Irish and Robin Emot Paris / Brussels (Reuters) – According to diplomatic documents seen by Reuters, the European Union sanctions standards …

June 19, 2021 Listen to this story Your browser does not support the item . Enjoy more audio and podcasts on ios or Android. Joe biden and Vladimir Poutine gathered in Geneva for a summit. It lasted less than four hours, but both men described it as constructive. The two sides agreed to fire their …

BEIRUT, Lebanon: The ailing Lebanese pound fell to a new low of 15,300 against the US dollar on the black market, amid continued political uncertainty in the country and worsening economic crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Although officially still valued at 1,515 against the dollar, the Lebanese pound has lost more than 90% of …