About: Josep Borrell

Global Europe 12-10-2021

Under-pressure Taliban to meet EU in bid for ‘positive’ ties

The Taliban will hold face-to-face talks with European Union officials, the acting foreign minister said on Monday (11 October), in a diplomatic push by the hardline Islamists groping for international support.
Global Europe 30-09-2021

EU to deploy election observation mission to Venezuela

The European Union will send observers to regional elections in Venezuela scheduled for 21 November, on the invitation of the country's National Electoral Council, the bloc's foreign policy chief said in a statement on Wednesday (29 September).
Global Europe 29-09-2021

Western Sahara: EU Court annuls trade and fishery deals with Morocco

The General Court of the EU annulled on Wednesday (29 September) two agreements between the EU and Morocco that applied to Western Sahara, a territory occupied by Morocco. The court ruled in favour of the Polisario Front, which had filed...
Economy & Jobs 28-09-2021

Europe and China must continue talking despite disagreements, EU says

The European Union and China must continue engaging on a number of issues despite differences, the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in a video call on Tuesday, according to an EU statement.
Global Europe 27-09-2021

Lavrov says Mali asked private Russian military company for help

Mali has asked a private Russian military company to help it fight against insurgents, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday (25 September) at the United Nations.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

EU foreign policy chief warns Mali against Russian mercenary deal

European Union ties with Mali could be seriously affected if it allows Russian private military contractors to operate in the country, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned on Monday (20 September).
Global Europe 21-09-2021

EU backs France in submarine dispute, asking: Is America back?

European Union foreign ministers expressed support and solidarity with France on Monday (20 September) during a meeting in New York to discuss Australia's scrapping of a $40 billion submarine order with Paris in favor of a US and British deal.
Global Europe 16-09-2021

EU aims for bigger diplomatic weight on Indo-Pacific matters

The European Union outlined on Thursday (16 September) a new strategy for raising its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China's increasing influence in the region, which has become the latest arena of the international geopolitical race.

Von der Leyen rides two horses on EU defence

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a pitch on Wednesday (15 September) for stronger European defence, saying the bloc needs to boost its own military capacity but fell short of setting out clear proposals, particularly on how this...
Global Europe 09-09-2021

Borrell says EU can ‘do more’ to aid Libya polls

The European Union is "ready to do more" to help Libya organise elections planned for December, the bloc's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said Wednesday (8 September) in Tripoli.
Development Policy 06-09-2021

EU, UN, US condemn the coup d’état in Guinea

The EU, the UN and the United States on Sunday (5 September) condemned what appears to be a military coup d’état in Guinea.

EU sets five conditions for future ‘operational engagement’ with Taliban

EU member states on Friday (3 September) laid out their conditions for stepping up engagement with the Taliban, agreeing to establish a joint European–Kabul civilian presence.

Post-Afghanistan, EU defence moves closer towards military coalitions

In the wake of the Afghanistan crisis, EU defence ministers on Thursday (2 September) discussed proposals for an initial entry force and the possibility to move towards ad-hoc military cooperation between interested EU member states. But not all of them...
Global Europe 23-08-2021

Borrell: EU should prepare for the next crises – Iraq, Sahel

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the chaotic international evacuation effort shows that Europe needs to develop its own military capacity independent of the United States, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell argues.

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 17-08-2021

EU foreign ministers to hold Afghan crisis talks

EU foreign ministers will hold emergency talks via videolink Tuesday (17 August) on the situation in Afghanistan as European nations scramble to evacuate personnel from the country, officials said.
Global Europe 13-08-2021

EU foreign policy chief urges Afghan government to work with Taliban

The Afghan government should engage with the Taliban to reach an inclusive settlement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday (12 August) as the militant group made rapid gains amid spiralling violence and worries of a refugee crisis.
Global Europe 30-07-2021

EU urges Cuba to free ‘arbitrarily detained’ protesters

The European Union is "very concerned about the repression" of protests in Cuba and urges the government to release all arbitrarily detained protesters, the EU said on Thursday (29 July) in its strongest statement to date on the matter.
Global Europe 13-07-2021

EU wants Lebanese sanctions regime framework by end July

The European Union said on Monday (12 July) it wanted to agree by the end of July the legal framework for a sanctions regime targeting Lebanese leaders, but cautioned that the measure would not be immediately implemented.
Global Europe 13-07-2021

EU eyes ‘fresh start’ with Israel after Netanyahu ouster

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday (12 July) the bloc was ready for a "fresh start" with Israel as Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited Brussels, but urged progress on peace efforts.
Global Europe 13-07-2021

Borrell urges sanctions over Ethiopia crisis

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday (12 July) urged member states to consider imposing sanctions over the crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray, as the bloc looks to increase aid deliveries to the region.
Global Europe 13-07-2021

Borrell: Janša doesn’t represent the EU on Iran

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday (12 July) sought to distance the bloc from comments made by Slovenia’s Prime minister at a meeting of an Iranian opposition group that enraged Tehran. Iran’s foreign ministry has slammed Slovenian premier...
Global Europe 07-07-2021

Nicaragua opposition arrests climb to 26

Nicaragua has arrested a sixth presidential contender and four other opposition figures, police said Tuesday (6 July), bringing to 26 the number of people rounded up by long-term leader Daniel Ortega's forces ahead of November elections.
Europe's East 29-06-2021

EU reproves Belarus’ walkout from the Eastern Partnership

Belarus on Monday (28 June) said it was suspending its participation in the EU’s Eastern Partnership, an initiative to boost ties between the EU and its ex-Soviet neighbours, a move condemned by Brussels as “another step backwards” after the skyjacking...