About: EU foreign policy

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 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.
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.
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 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).
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.

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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).