About: EU foreign policy

Arctic Agenda 17-10-2021

We don’t want to see any flash points in the Arctic, EU envoy says

The EU needs to adapt how it approaches the role of China and Russia in the region, Michael Mann, EU's Special Envoy for Arctic Matters, told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 18-08-2021

EU, US and NGOs ‘deeply worried’ about Afghan women and girls

The EU and United States, together with 18 other countries, issued a joint statement on Wednesday (18 August) saying they were "deeply worried about Afghan women and girls", and urging the Taliban to ensure their safety.

Realpolitik: EU will have to talk to the Taliban, Borrell says

The EU will have to engage in talks with the Taliban to provide support to the Afghan people even if it does not recognise them as legitimate rulers of the country, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (17...
Global Europe 25-06-2021

A global EU without feminism at its core is set to fail us

The EU is still rightfully seen as a global gender equality champion and, although it is not an easy task, feminism should be at the heart of its foreign policy agenda, writes Serap Altinisik.
China 10-06-2021

Cooperatively containing China

Europe must pursue a strategy of "cooperative containment" on China if it is to punch its weight on the international stage, write Peter Clever and Christian Moos.
Global Europe 08-06-2021

Hungary rejects criticism over foreign policy blockages

Hungary and Germany have publicly locked horns over how the EU's foreign policy should be conducted, after a series of Budapest-blocked joint foreign policy statements prompted the German foreign minister to complain the EU was being "held hostage" by countries that don't share its values.
Global Europe 07-06-2021

Germany slams ‘hostage-taking’ of EU’s foreign policy

The EU should abolish unanimity in its foreign policymaking and not allow itself to be "held hostage", Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Monday (7 June), after several incidents in recent months derailed the bloc's joint positions on a series of foreign policy matters.
EU-Africa 23-04-2021

Breaking the habit: a new EU approach in the Sahel

The death of Chad's strong-man president underscores the need for the EU to overhaul its strategy in the Sahel region, writes Bram Dijkstra.
Global Europe 22-04-2021

Own academy could help EU’s diplomatic service find its footing

To overcome the growing pains of its foreign policy-making, the EU needs to develop its own European Diplomatic Academy, where EU diplomats will be trained on the basis of common EU values and interests, according to a European Parliament proposal, seen by EURACTIV.

The EU needs a new approach in the Sahel

This week's G5 Sahel meeting in Chad has underscored the urgent need for a rethink of the EU's approach to the Sahel region, write Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana and Dissan Gnoumou.
Global Europe 16-02-2021

As the US sanctions Myanmar’s military leaders, the EU needs to step up its response

European leaders were quick to condemn the coup in Myanmar. Now the EU needs to follow up with concrete actions, writes Paul Donowitz.
Future EU 07-01-2021

What to expect in EU policy in 2021?

To bring you up to speed with what's coming up in EU policy this year, EURACTIV’s news team has put together a series of lookaheads for the most important issues in various policy areas, from economy and foreign affairs to energy, digital, and transport.
Global Europe 03-12-2020

How European sovereignty can survive Joe Biden

Europeans need to use the fillip to transatlantic relations brought by Joe Biden's election win to become the kind of capable partner Biden’s America will want and need, writes Jeremy Shapiro.
Global Europe 02-12-2020

Renewed EU-US alliance to focus on climate, digital, ‘strategic autonomy’

The EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell proposed a plan on Wednesday (2 December) for a renewed alliance between the EU and the US under President-elect, Joe Biden, based on greater climate cooperation and new efforts to smooth out commercial and digital friction.
EU-Africa 23-11-2020

Ethiopia ‘alarmed and surprised’ by EU stance on Tigray conflict

Ethiopia has been “alarmed and surprised” by the EU’s equivocal stance on the conflict between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the rebel leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the country’s EU ambassador has told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 06-11-2020

EU must draw lessons from misadventures abroad

Europe, the last herbivore in a world full of carnivores? From governments officials to European diplomats, we have heard this expression being rehashed as a bleak assessment of the EU’s foreign policy, and recent events are doing little to contradict this, writes Emile Fabre.
Global Europe 03-11-2020

US Election Special 2020: What to watch and why it matters

A lot is at stake for Europe and the world in the most consequential US presidential election in recent history, after four turbulent years under Donald Trump in which he has turned global multilateralism and transatlantic relations on their head.
Global Europe 23-10-2020

As mass protests return in Middle East and North Africa, Europe must rethink its approach

A decade on from the Arab Spring, it is clear that the EU’s strategy of working with existing regimes in its Southern Neighbourhood has delivered neither stability and security nor any progress towards democratization and government accountability. It is time to start listening to the word on the street, writes Dylan O’Driscoll.
Global Europe 29-06-2020

‘Sovereignty and solidarity’: Germany’s plans for the EU’s foreign policy

Solidarity and sovereignty is the name of the game for the German presidency, according to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). In a speech on Monday, he emphasised the need for greater EU independence from the current geopolitical power struggle between the US and China.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

Merkel defends financial crisis management legacy before economic elite in Davos

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her tough stand and the austere fiscal policy she pursued in response to the financial crisis that shook up the eurozone in 2008 as she addressed the World Economic Forum on Thursday (23 January).
Arab Spring 21-01-2020

After Berlin, the EU needs to translate commitments on Libya into actions

Following a positive Libya peace summit in Berlin, the EU needs to back up commitments with actions, although the path ahead remains fraught with difficulty,  writes Tom Garofalo.
Enlargement 21-01-2020

Czech FM: Visegrad countries will continue to promote EU enlargement

The Visegrad countries will need some time to close the ditches they have dug in recent years, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told EURACTIV.cz in an interview. He also voiced doubts about the need for a reform of EU membership negotiations, demanded by France, saying the process is already reversible at any stage.
Global Europe 03-01-2020

‘Geopolitical’ Europe could struggle to take shape in troublesome 2020

Among the many foreign policy challenges facing the EU in 2020, the main theme will be how to assert itself on the world stage against China, the US and Russia, while upholding multilateralism and at least a semblance of global order.

There is no real ‘European foreign policy’, says former EU diplomat

The EU does not have a real 'European foreign policy' because every country works on its own and member states do not want to give full responsibility to the EU's High Representative, a former senior French and EU diplomat told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.