About: EU foreign policy

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.

EU elections 2019: How to defend and represent Europe?

Europe's foreign and defence policy has always been a very contagious matter with widely divergent views on how to pursue it. Ahead of this week’s vote, EURACTIV looks at proposals from the main European political parties on strategic autonomy, qualified majority voting in foreign policy matters and a stronger EU voice on the global stage.
Climate change 21-02-2019

Greening the EU’s foreign and security policy

Climate change and ecosystem degradation are significant security threats; the European Union should take urgent action to address these as a part of its foreign and security policy, write Johanna Nyman and Marianne Kettunen.
Global Europe 15-02-2019

An opportunity for transatlantic unity on Iran

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the Shah in Iran and created the Islamic Republic. It is a good time to review the position of the European Union and its member states towards this totalitarian theocracy, argues Alejo Vidal-Quadras.

The EU’s moment: Cast adrift by the US, threatened by Russia and China

Against a backdrop of US decline and an influential China and Russia, Europe must overcome its internal challenges and shoulder its responsibilities as a leader on the world stage, writes Robert Malley.
Cybersecurity 19-12-2018

EU suffers major cyber-security scandal with publication of 1,100 secret cables

A trove of hacked EU diplomatic cables made available to the New York Times revealed no major secrets, but displayed the remarkably poor protection of routine exchanges among EU officials.

Mogherini: Need to avoid that world collapses completely

The EU needs to brace itself for difficult times and step up its presence on the world stage to "avoid that the world collapses completely", the bloc’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a conference in Brussels on Monday (3 September).
Global Europe 06-08-2018

Mogherini’s Asia trip set to deepen EU security role

During a roundtrip of Asia this week, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will seek support to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, as well as exploring security cooperation in order to expand engagement and up the EU's role in global security, writes Fraser Cameron.
Global Europe 20-07-2018

Migration can only be tackled by the EU as a whole

Without a shared EU foreign policy, the notion of halting future migration waves is unrealistic, write Ilhan Kyuchyuk and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye. Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP (Bulgaria) is ALDE Vice President and Member of the European Parliament; Samuel Doveri Vesterbye is...
Global Europe 12-06-2018

After turbulent G7 meeting, EU’s unity is fragile

After US President Trump caused an éclat at the meeting of the seven industrialised Western nations in Canada, a strong European position is needed more than ever. But the community is struggling to find unity. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner “Der Tagesspiegel” reports.
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Report: Romania to break ranks with EU by moving embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian government will follow the United States and transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader said Thursday (19 April). “The decision has been taken (…), the procedures are beginning,” Liviu Dragnea told...
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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