About: Charles Michel

Azerbaijan 23-05-2022

Armenia, Azerbaijan leaders discuss ‘peace treaty’ over Nagorno-Karabakh

The leaders of arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed in a Brussels meeting Sunday (22 May) to "advance discussions" on a peace treaty over a troubled region that saw a war break out in 2020, the European Council's president said.
Global Europe 12-05-2022

Russia ‘most direct threat to world order’, von der Leyen says at EU-Japan summit

Russia is the "most direct threat" to the international order because of its invasion of Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday (12 May) in Tokyo.
Global Europe 09-05-2022

On surprise Odesa trip, Charles Michel takes cover during missile strike

European Council President Charles Michel, who made a surprise visit to Odesa on Monday (9 May), was forced to break off a meeting and take cover when missiles again struck the southern Ukrainian city, an EU official said.
Global Europe 09-05-2022

MEPs ask that frozen Russian billions be used to rebuild and arm Ukraine

Seventy-three MEPs have called for $300 billion in seized Russian funds and assets to fund the Ukrainian military and the country's reconstruction in a letter sent to EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell. 
Global Europe 05-05-2022

Charles Michel: Sell seized Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine

The EU should confiscate and sell Russian assets it has seized and use the proceeds to rebuild war-scarred Ukraine, EU chief Charles Michel said in an interview published Thursday (5 May).
Global Europe 05-05-2022

Russian ceasefire to begin at besieged Mariupol steel plant

A Russian-announced ceasefire was due to begin Thursday (5 May) at the besieged steel plant in the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol, to allow civilians to flee even as its defenders vowed to fight to the end.
Europe's East 04-05-2022

Charles Michel visits Moldova, promises military support

The European Union is considering additional military support to Moldova, to cope with the spillover from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, European Council President Charles Michel said on a visit to Chisinau on Wednesday (4 May).
Global Europe 22-04-2022

EU chief assumes Putin is disinformed about the war

European Council President Charles Michel made an effort to open Russian President Vladimir Putin's eyes to his country's losses in Ukraine and to the effect of sanctions in a phone call on Friday (22 April).
Europe's East 20-04-2022

‘History will not forget war crimes’ in Ukraine: EU chief

EU chief Charles Michel said Wednesday (20 April) that there must be justice for war crimes committed in Ukraine as he toured the devastated town of Borodianka on a visit to the country.
Armenia 07-04-2022

Armenia, Azerbaijan agree Karabakh peace talks, will discuss border

Armenia and Azerbaijan on Wednesday (6 April) agreed to peace talks to address tensions over the long-disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which borders both nations, the office of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said.
Europe's East 25-03-2022

EU summit marked by Zelenskyy shaming Hungary’s Orban

EU leaders gathered in Brussels on Thursday (24 March) making no major decisions, the summit being marked by the presence of US President Joe Biden and by a sharp video message by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. EU leaders repeated their...
Global Europe 24-03-2022

Biden arrives in Europe for triple summits on Ukraine

US President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels as NATO, G7 and EU summits on Thursday (24 March) are set to discuss how to respond to Russia's continuing war in Ukraine.
Europe's East 11-03-2022

EU leaders tone down Ukraine’s membership plan

After hours of debate, EU leaders on Thursday (10 March) stopped short of concrete commitments on Ukraine's appeal for rapid accession to the bloc and differed over the reach of sanctions against Moscow.
Europe's East 01-03-2022

Ukraine requests EU membership under fast-track procedure

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday (28 February) submitted an official request to allow his country to gain ‘immediate’ membership under a special fast-track procedure as it defends itself from a Russian invasion. “We ask the European Union for Ukraine’s...
Europe's East 25-02-2022

With Kyiv under siege, EU leaders pledge to hold the Kremlin accountable

As Russian tanks roll toward Kyiv and with diplomatic options to impact on Moscow waning, the EU leaders made the effort on Thursday night (25 February) to put a brave face and express a message of unity.
Europe's East 24-02-2022

Next steps: EU likely to target Russia’s financial sector, ban technology exports

**Adds more details on second sanctions package  The EU is expected to give political approval to the second package of sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine later on Thursday (24 February), which could include a range of far-reaching measures. However,...
Europe's East 24-02-2022

EU leaders gather to respond to Russia’s new war in Ukraine

***The story has been updated after the Russian strikes on Ukraine on early Thursday morning and will be continuously updated during the day. The EU is set to hold an emergency summit in Brussels on Thursday (24 February) evening, which...
Health 19-02-2022

EU-AU summit makes big health promises, but not on IP waivers

EU and African leaders laid out a number of promises to secure equitable access to vaccines at the end of a two-day summit in Brussels on Friday (18 February). No decision on lifting intellectual property rights was reached, however.
Azerbaijan 07-02-2022

Azerbaijan releases eight Armenian prisoners in mediation effort with France and EU

Azerbaijan has released eight Armenian prisoners in an effort to facilitate new talks with France and the European Union on the border conflict between to two central Asian countries, said European Council President Charles Michel on Monday (7 February).
EU-Africa 04-01-2022

2022: COVID and vaccine access cast a shadow over EU-Africa partnership plan

Nearly two years after the European Commission set out plans for a ‘strategic partnership’ with Africa, and repeated delays, the long-awaited EU–African Union summit is almost upon us.
Armenia 20-12-2021

Azerbaijan hands over 10 prisoners to Armenia in EU-mediated deal

Azerbaijan handed over 10 captured Armenian soldiers to Armenia on Sunday (19 December) for the second time this month following talks last week between both sides and European Council President Charles Michel, the two countries said.
Europe's East 16-12-2021

Ukraine diplomacy looms large as EU leaders meet Eastern Partnership counterparts

As tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years, EU leaders and their Eastern Partnership counterparts met on Wednesday (15 December) for a summit aimed to reaffirm the strategic importance of the region. The EU summit with...
Future EU 29-11-2021

CoFoE panels call for environmental education and migrant rights

Environmental education in EU schools and the migration crisis were high on the agenda of proposals suggested by citizens in the last two panels of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Central Asia 26-11-2021

Kazakhstan president visits Brussels in effort to deepen relations

The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, paid a rare official visit to Belgium on Thursday and Friday (25-26 November) in an effort to present his country as a reliable partner to the EU and open the door to new opportunities.