About: Josep Borrell

11-05-2021

Israeli-Palestinian violence must ‘stop immediately’: EU

The "significant upsurge in violence" in the West Bank, in and near Gaza and in east Jerusalem "needs to stop immediately," a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday (10 May).
Enlargement 10-05-2021

EU faced with ‘deep disappointment’ in Western Balkans

EU foreign minister will discuss the Western Balkans on Monday (10 May) to determine how to improve cooperation with the region, burdened by lingering nationalism, a weak economy and widespread disappointment with its fading EU membership prospects.
EU-Africa 07-05-2021

‘Urgency’ needed on EU military mission in Mozambique, says Borrell

The European Union must move with "urgency" to step up its support for Mozambique as it battles against a wave of attacks by Islamic insurgents by sending a military training mission to work with local soldiers, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief said on Thursday (6 May).
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.
Europe's East 20-04-2021

Tsikhanouskaya: Repressions are escalating, EU should be ‘braver’ in its sanction policy

Actions of the international community, including European sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, have to be ‘faster and braver‘ to support Belarusian civil society in its struggle, Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told EURACTIV. “The protest mood hasn’t been...
EU-Africa 20-04-2021

EU set to send election observers to Ethiopia despite Tigray conflict

The European Union is set to send an election observation mission to monitor Ethiopia’s elections in June, the EU’s chief diplomat said on Monday (19 April), despite the ongoing war in the country’s northern Tigray province.
Europe's East 20-04-2021

Russian military build-up near Ukraine numbers more than 150,000 troops, Borrell says

Russia has concentrated more than 150,000 troops on Ukraine's border and in annexed Crimea, the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday (19 April) after EU foreign ministers were briefed by Ukraine's foreign minister.
Global Europe 19-04-2021

EU foreign ministers to meet on Navalny health as tensions with Russia soar

EU foreign ministers will meet for talks on the health of dissident Alexei Navalny, as the United States warned Moscow of "consequences" if the Kremlin critic dies in prison and tensions soared over a Russian military build-up on Ukraine's border.
Europe's East 18-04-2021

EU, US call on Georgia lawmakers to sign compromise pact

The EU and US jointly called on lawmakers in Georgia to sign on to a compromise agreement to resolve a protracted political crisis in the Caucasus country.
Global Europe 15-04-2021

EU expresses ‘solidarity’ with US over alleged Russian hacking

The European Union on Thursday (15 April) voiced support for the United States over cyber-attacks it has suffered, including a major hack blamed on Russia, as Washington imposed new sanctions on Moscow.
Global Europe 14-04-2021

Diplomatic double whammy as EU overtures rebuffed by Turkey, Russia

The EU's hopes of rapprochements with Turkey and Russia have been rebuffed. But these diplomatic defeats have been years in the making, writes Robert Ellis.
Global Europe 12-04-2021

Russia and China thwarting international response to Myanmar crisis, EU says

Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday (11 April), as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700.
Global Europe 09-04-2021

Protocol scandal symbolises the state of EU-Turkey relations, EU lawmaker says

We shouldn't place "sofa-gate" into the epicentre of a plenary debate, but rather discuss how to rebuild relations with Turkey under a President who no longer has a commitment toward a European future, a leading MEP told EURACTIV.

World powers, Iran discuss US return to nuclear deal in EU-mediated talks

World powers and Iran will meet by videoconference Friday (2 April) to discuss the possible return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal, in talks mediated by the EU.
EU-China 25-03-2021

US, EU to cooperate on China dialogue, Russia challenge

The US and Europe have agreed to relaunch a bilateral dialogue on China and work together to address Russia's "challenging behavior," according to a statement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell.

EU adopts €5billion fund to train and equip foreign military forces

Despite criticism from European lawmakers and advocacy groups, the EU adopted the €5 billion worth French-brokered European Peace Facility (EPF) on Monday (22 March), which will open the door for the bloc to deliver military aid to partner countries and...
Global Europe 22-03-2021

LEAK: Borrell report suggests new carrot-and-stick approach for Turkey

Turkey will be invited to follow a path of dialogue and reap some economic benefits, or move further away from Europe and face consequences, the EU's chief diplomat wrote in his Turkey report, set to be discussed by EU leaders later this week, according to a draft report seen by EURACTIV.
Elections 22-03-2021

US, Europe press Turkey to rethink ditching of Istanbul Convention

US and European leaders denounced what they called Turkey's baffling and concerning decision to pull out of an international accord designed to protect women from violence, and urged President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reconsider.
Global Europe 19-03-2021

Tables have turned: EU is handling Turkey issue together with Washington

Turkey is not just a European-Turkish issue, but also an issue in our transatlantic partnership, and obviously, our partnership with NATO, senior EU officials have said.
Global Europe 19-03-2021

EU ‘deeply concerned’ over crackdown on pro-Kurdish party, Turkey rebuffs criticism

Turkey on Thursday (18 March) told foreign countries to keep out of its domestic affairs after Western powers uniformly condemned its bid to shut down the main pro-Kurdish party.
China 12-03-2021

EU threatens China with ‘additional steps’ over Hong Kong vote

The European Union on Thursday (11 March) warned China it could take "additional steps" as it condemned a vote by Beijing's rubber-stamp parliament for sweeping changes to Hong Kong's electoral system.
Enlargement 11-03-2021

Bring Western Balkans back on the agenda, urge nine EU member states

Nine EU member states have called on the EU’s chief diplomat, Joseph Borrell, to have a strategic discussion on the Western Balkan countries and their prospects when EU foreign ministers meet in April, according to a letter made available to...
Development Policy 10-03-2021

EU unveils new humanitarian aid tools amid pressure on donors

The EU will set up a new European Humanitarian Response Capacity to intervene directly in humanitarian crises, as part of a revamp of its humanitarian aid policy, it announced on Wednesday (10 March).
EU-Africa 01-03-2021

EU-Ethiopia diplomatic feud intensifies over Tigray criticism

Ethiopian diplomats have stoked a growing diplomatic feud with the European Union after the bloc’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, and his envoy, Finland’s Pekka Haavisto, harshly criticised the government’s handling of the conflict in the northern Tigray province.