International sanctions

A new type of warfare

Economic globalization, in other words the total dependence of nation states and big corporations on international credit rating agencies and the financial markets, has ushered in a new weapon for political compliance, the effectiveness of which is currently being tested on allies as well as foes by US President Donald Trump, made up of sanctions, tariffs and other protectionist measures.

The EU Extends the Sanctions Against Russia with Half a Year Because of its Actions in Ukraine

On 5 July 2018, the Council prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 January 2019.

This decision follows an update from President Macron and Chancellor Merkel to the European Council of 28-29 June 2018 on the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements, to which the sanctions are linked.

Fight against Human Trafficking in Libya: EU Sanctions Six Human Traffickers and Smugglers in line with UN Decision

On 14 June, the Council transposed into EU law sanctions adopted by the United Nations on 7 June, imposing a travel ban and an asset freeze on six human traffickers and smugglers operating in Libya, four of Libyan nationality and two of Eritrean nationality. The individuals targeted by the sanctions are key figures in human trafficking and migrant smuggling activities in and around Libya.