About: Josep Borrell

Global Europe 03-04-2020

COVID-19: Worst is yet to come in conflict zones, UN chief warns

In countries stricken by conflict, where health systems have already collapsed, "the worst is yet to come" as the coronavirus continues to spread, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday (3 April), reiterating his call for a global ceasefire to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Europe 01-04-2020

EU’s INSTEX mechanism facilitates first transaction with pandemic-hit Iran

The EU says that its Iran-trading mechanism INSTEX, designed to allow Europeans to bypass US sanctions and continue trade with Tehran, has successfully concluded its first transaction. However, the humanitarian deal actually doesn't appear to contravene EU sanctions.
Global Europe 31-03-2020

EU finalises ‘Operation Irini’ to enforce Libya arms embargo

The EU will launch its new naval mission to enforce an UN arms embargo on Libya by the end of the month, but it still needs to be determined which member states will contribute to the operation, EU's chef diplomat Joseph Borrell said on Tuesday (31 March).
Global Europe 25-03-2020

Commission charts end to execution and torture in human rights plans  

The European Commission is calling on member states to work together on the world stage to put an end to capital punishment and torture.
Global Europe 23-03-2020

EU supports Iran, Venezuela bids for IMF support in fight against coronavirus

The EU backs Iran and Venezuela in their requests for emergency funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help them fight the coronavirus outbreak, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said on Monday (23 March).
Enlargement 23-03-2020

EU moves to start membership talks with North Macedonia, Albania

The European Council is set to give the green light this week for starting accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, in a long-awaited move for the Western Balkans after the enlargement process was effectively put on hold last year.

Erdogan holds Brussels talks as situation on Greek border gets nasty

Migration crisis talks were set to be held between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and senior EU officials in Brussels on Monday (9 March), as Germany said the bloc was considering taking in 1,500 child refugees.
Global Europe 06-03-2020

EU foreign ministers promise more humanitarian aid to Syria

The EU is willing to provide more money for migrants stranded in Turkey, but Ankara must refrain from using them as a bargaining chip, the bloc's foreign ministers announced after an extraordinary meeting about the crisis in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, held in Zagreb on Friday (6 March).
Global Europe 04-03-2020

Why did Boyko Borissov’s mission in Ankara fail?

If von der Leyen’s Commission really wants to be global, it should intervene at the root of the problem instead of trying to deal with the consequences, writes Ivailo Kalfin.
Global Europe 02-03-2020

EU calls extraordinary foreign ministers’ meeting on Syria conflict

EU foreign ministers are to hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss the worsening Syria conflict that is driving refugees to the bloc's borders with Turkey, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Sunday (1 March).
Global Europe 17-02-2020

EU to deploy new military mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday (17 February), after Austria lifted its veto, to deploy a combined aerial and naval mission, with a terrestrial component, and enforce a porous UN arms embargo in and around war-torn Libya.

Munich Security Conference – Day #3

As high-ranking security leaders gather in Bavaria for the annual Munich Security Conference this weekend, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Here’s Day 3 in a nutshell.
Global Europe 10-02-2020

Ambassador: EU eyes larger security role in Pacific

The EU wants a greater security role in the Pacific and will have no problem working with China in a region where Beijing has boosted its influence in recent years, the EU"s ambassador for the Pacific announced.
Global Europe 04-02-2020

EU condemns US lifting of landmine ban

The EU on Tuesday (4 February) strongly condemned the decision by US President Donald Trump to lift US restrictions on the usage of landmines.

Borrell holds talks in Iran to de-escalate tensions

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Monday (3 February) held talks in the Iranian capital during a mission aimed at lowering tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

Top EU diplomat to visit Tehran amid nuclear tensions

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell was Monday (3 February) due to visit Iran, said officials in Tehran and Brussels, on his first trip there since taking office, aiming to reduce rising tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.
Global Europe 29-01-2020

EU responds to Trump’s Middle East peace plan

The European Union's top diplomat said Tuesday (28 January) that the bloc remains "firm and united" behind the quest for a negotiated two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Europe's East 29-01-2020

In surprise move, Borrell says will visit Ukraine’s disputed region of Donbas

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (28 January) he intends to visit Ukraine in the coming weeks, including the disputed region of Donbas which is under the control of pro-Russia separatists.
Central Asia 28-01-2020

Germany launches ‘Green Central Asia’ initiative

A high-level ministerial conference in Berlin launched on Tuesday (28 January) the ‘Green Central Asia’ initiative, intended to support regional integration between the five Central Asian countries and Afghanistan. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who hosted the conference, stressed that...
Global Europe 24-01-2020

Borrell buys time for dispute mechanism talks on Iran

The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal will meet next month to debate the way forward with the accord, EU's diplomatic chief Josep Borrell announced on Friday (24 January), after Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute process against Tehran.
Global Europe 23-01-2020

Global Europe Brief: EU’s leverage in Libya

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.

Budget battle hampers EU in space

With the continuous militarisation of space, EU policymakers have started dropping their opposition to plans linking Europe's civilian space assets with defence elements. But as the political tide is slowly turning, cuts proposed in the EU’s draft budget threaten the new ambition.
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 20-01-2020

EU to use revamped ‘Operation Sophia’ to enforce Libyan arms embargo

EU foreign minister decided on Monday (20 January) to revive a maritime surveillance mission in the Mediterranean to enforce a potential cease-fire in Libya and a UN arms embargo against the country’s warring parties. Meanwhile, the bloc is scrambling to...

Want to know what's going on in the EU Capitals daily? Subscribe now to our new 9am newsletter.