February 24, 2024

The EU considers imposing sanctions on Iran over its support of Hamas. Germany, France, and Italy propose plans for further sanctions but face internal division. Some EU members want to proceed with additional sanctions, including a ban on missile component exports. The EU has already imposed sanctions on Iran for various reasons, including nuclear proliferation and support for Russia in the Ukraine war. Some EU diplomats worry that expanding sanctions on Iran could escalate the war. Others see it as an insurance plan. Documents reveal that the sanctions aim to isolate Hamas and delegitimize its narrative. The EU is concerned about the role of Arab states in the sanctions regime and proposals to expand the current sanctions list for Hamas.