About: EU foreign policy

Brexit 02-09-2016

Van Rompuy: Brexit will take ‘years and years’

No need to panic, the UK was on its way out of the EU years ago. This was the view shared by Herman Van Rompuy and the EU foreign affairs ministers who met in Paris on Thursday (1 September). EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 16-10-2015

EU doesn’t need a CIA – but better intelligence would help

Björn Fägersten asks: could better intelligence-sharing boost European foreign and security policy? 

Economy & Jobs 15-04-2015

France sends EU civil servants back to school

Harlem Désir, France's Secretary of State for European Affairs, launched the EU's "Back to School" programme in France on Monday. The initiative aims to spread knowledge of the Union to a generation that has "only known the euro". EURACTIV France reports

Global Europe 25-02-2015

Mogherini: ‘The EU is a superpower’

The EU is a superpower with unique tools to deal with some of the world’s most dangerous crisis, according to High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

Brexit 25-02-2015

Norwegian minister: Do not let UK drift to the fringe

Britain's membership in the European Union is vital for the bloc’s foreign and security policies, but it would not be a safer place if it was to leave the EU altogether, warned Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Minister for EU Affairs.

Global Europe 04-02-2015

French international influence in decline

French influence in the world declined in 2014, according to the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Once ranked top in Europe for international affairs, France now occupies third place. EURACTIV France reports

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini. [The Council of the European Union]
Global Europe 12-11-2014

Mogherini, Steinmeier denounce black-and-white foreign policy

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe’s foreign policy situation is difficult, said Federica Mogherini during her inaugural visit to the German capital, committing to close cooperation with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and announcing EU plans to discuss stricter sanctions against Russia in the coming week. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 07-11-2014

Poland’s New Golden Age

Federica Mogherini, new EU new foreign affairs chief, has chosen Poland for her first trip, saying that the country has a big role to play in shaping the EU's common vision. Former Commissioner for Enlargement Günther Verheugen explains how Warsaw has become a European leader again.

Global Europe 29-10-2014

Mogherini as EU High Representative: How can she redefine the role?

When Federica Mogherini moves into her new office in the European Commission, she will find a full diary on her desk. During her hearing at the European Parliament in the beginning of October, she could already get a first glimpse of her agenda as EU foreign policy chief, write Niklas Helwig and Carolin Rüger.

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Europe's East 07-10-2014

Mogherini: “We will need to reassess relations with Russia in the next 5 years”

Vice-president designate and High Representative-designate of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has said that even though Russia could not be seen as a “strategic partner” anymore, Moscow was nonetheless a “strategic country and neighbour.”

Med & South 07-10-2014

Dancing with bears: Mogherini sketches future EU foreign policy

In a three-hour hearing in the European Parliament, Italy’s Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative-designate in charge of Foreign affairs and Security Policy, seems to have convinced MEPs that the Union needs a mix of hard and soft power, to lead in world affairs.

Europe's East 18-09-2014

Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU trade deal

Russia has demanded changes to a free-trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union, underlining that Moscow was not satisfied by a last-minute concession from the EU to delay implementing the pact at the heart of the conflict in Ukraine.

Global Europe 12-09-2014

The EU and Thailand: Challenges ahead

The EU’s reaction to the military coup in Thailand is arguably the first time the EU has taken the global lead in a foreign-policy crisis, with the rest of the world taking cue and following suit. Measures have included sanctions, an indefinite postponement of trade talks, a moratorium on signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, suspension of official visits and a review of military ties.

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Europe's East 03-09-2014

MEPs test Mogherini as newly appointed EU Foreign Affairs chief

Italian Foreign minister Federica Mogherini was drilled by MEPs in the European Parliament on Tuesday, testing her skills as the newly appointed EU High Representative.

Federica Mogherini (right), Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, speaks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels, 3 March 2014 [Photo: The Council of the European Union]
EU Elections 2014 15-07-2014

Poland, Baltic states hesitant over Mogherini

Poland and the Baltic states are uneasy about Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini's bid to be European Union foreign policy chief, concerned that she may be soft on Russia, but look unlikely to block her, diplomats said on Monday (14 July).

Catherine Ashton [European Parliament/Flickr]
Security 14-07-2014

Wanted: a strong EU foreign policy chief

The choice of the next high representative for foreign policy is crucial, given the threats to the EU's values and interests coming from armed conflict, dysfunctional democracy, and state failure, writes Michael Leigh.

Europe's East 25-02-2014

In Ukraine, Poland comes of age as an EU power broker

Last Friday, as Ukrainian opposition leaders held out against signing an EU-brokered deal to end bloodshed on the streets, Poland's foreign minister dug into his own history to break the deadlock.

Europe's East 04-02-2014

Ukraine crisis shows greater assertiveness of German foreign policy

The Ukrainian crisis is important in itself, but Berlin’s direct challenge of Ukraine's elected president is perhaps much more important. In challenging President Viktor Yanukovich, Berlin took on Russia, a reflection of Germany's recent brazen foreign policy, write George Friedman and Marc Lanthemann.

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Global Europe 05-07-2013

European Commission on the situation in Egypt

EU officials on Thursday (4 July) urged Egypt's military-backed government to refrain from bloodshed and to quickly restore democracy, just hours after the army  took charge for the second time in less than three years following anti-government revolts.

Global Europe 05-07-2013

EU calls for calm as military-backed leader takes charge in Egypt

EU officials on Thursday (4 July) urged Egypt's military-backed government to refrain from bloodshed and to quickly restore democracy, just hours after the army  took charge for the second time in less than three years following anti-government revolts.