European External Action Service

Defence policy 24-01-2018

Peace expert: EU’s soft power is most effecive when it is least used

Despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize five years ago, the EU is no longer "a great actor of peace". It should not rush into creating its own army unless the US decides to pull back its troops, Dan Smith told EURACTIV.com in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Global Europe 28-11-2017

NATO visionaries: Artificial intelligence has huge potential for future military capacity

The GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative, led by retired General John R. Allen, presented on Monday (27 November) its final report on the future of the Alliance. In a wide-ranging interview, EURACTIV.com spoke to General Allen and Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, former Deputy Secretary-General of NATO.
Global Europe 17-11-2016

EU Syria aid manager: ‘We started two years too late’

The manager of the EU’s Trust Fund for Syria, Nadim Karkutli, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview at this year’s AidEx conference that the fund – helping the five million refugees in neighbouring countries – probably should have started in 2012.
Development Policy 16-11-2016

Red Cross: Yemen situation ‘is probably as bad as Syria’

Unseen and unheard crises, such as in Yemen and in the Lake Chad basin in Africa, are probably as bad as in Syria - where the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has already lost 57 aid workers, Jemilah Mahmood says.
Development Policy 10-11-2016

Olympics dissident: Ethiopia could ‘become another Libya’

EXCLUSIVE/ Ethiopia – one of the EU’s largest recipients of development aid and a key partner in the new Emergency Trust Fund for Africa for halting the flow of migrants – garnered unwelcome headlines last summer, when Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms in protest at the treatment of the Oromia and Amhara peoples.
Global Europe 08-11-2016

Activist: Cambodia needs international respectability

Cambodian human rights activist Naly Pilorge is in Brussels to plead with MEPs and the Commission not to take Phnom Penh's claims to democracy seriously, following an unexpectedly damning resolution by lawmakers earlier this year.
Global Europe 19-10-2016

Ex-VP: Taiwan must become ‘neutral Switzerland’ of Asia-Pacific

To avoid China taking over Taiwan, and ease tensions in the South China Sea, Taiwan should become a permanent neutral nation like Switzerland, former Taiwanese vice-president Annette Hsiu-lien LU told EURACTIV in an interview.
Global Europe 28-07-2016

The Thai junta expects people to ‘shut up and obey orders’

With under two weeks to go to Thailand’s crucial 7 August referendum on a new constitution, supposedly paving the way to a return to democracy, the ruling military junta in Bangkok has cracked down on dissent and press freedoms, making a free and fair vote impossible, says Sunai Phasuk.
Trade & Society 18-03-2016

Thailand: The military junta answers its critics

The military junta in Thailand says it understands the concerns raised in Europe over the constitution drafting process currently underway but says the regime intends to stick to its roadmap for a return to democracy, with elections scheduled in 2017. "The government has no desire to stay in power longer than necessary," says Sek Wannamethee, a government spokesperson.
Development Policy 17-03-2016

Bangladeshi dissident: ‘EU must help end enforced disappearances’

Adilur Rahman Khan, a leading lawyer and human rights activist in Bangladesh, is now facing the possibility of a lengthy jail term for "defaming the state".
Global Europe 26-05-2015

Haidar: My husband, Raif Badawi, faces death for blogging

Raif Badawi could be sentenced to death for apostasy, says his wife Ensaf Haidar, who told EURACTIV she feared that her blogger husband could be publically flogged at any time.
Development Policy 29-09-2010

Leading MEP: Turkey should seek Norway-type EU relationship

Turkey and Ukraine should seek to obtain a status with the EU similar to the one Norway has at present, becoming fully associated members of the internal market and the Schengen border-free area, Elmar Brok, a leading MEP, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Public Affairs 10-05-2010

Šef?ovi?: EEAS to reach ‘balanced’ representation by 2013

The European External Action Service (EEAS) plans to achieve an inter-institutional balance by filling member states' quotas by 2013, Maroš Šef?ovi?, European Commission vice-president responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 13-04-2010

Almeida: ‘EEAS will take on board the best and the brightest’

What EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's team wants is the possibility to recruit the best civil servants from the European Commission, the Council and national diplomatic services, João Vale de Almeida, director-general for external relations at the European Commission, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 25-03-2010

Ambassador: Eastern Europe asks for fair representation in EEAS

Prime ministers from the Visegrad group (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary) have adopted a common paper calling for fair representation of the new member states in the European External Action Service (EEAS) architecture, Ambassador Ivan Kor?ok, permanent representative of Slovakia to the EU, told EURACTIV in an interview.