About: Josep Borrell

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.
Global Europe 01-03-2021

EU recalls envoy to Cuba over US sanctions comments

The European Union has recalled its ambassador in Havana after he signed an open letter calling on US President Joe Biden to lift sanctions against Cuba, a spokesman said on Saturday (27 February).
Global Europe 25-02-2021

Diplomats say Borrell apologised for Moscow visit, Commission denies

The EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell admitted to EU foreign ministers at a meeting earlier this week that he had mishandled the recent visit to Moscow, diplomatic sources have told EURACTIV. The European Commission did not confirm this but stressed there had been broad support for the veteran Spanish diplomat.
Global Europe 22-02-2021

EU ministers set to sanction Russia, speak with Blinken

EU foreign ministers are meeting on Monday (22 February) to agree on fresh restrictive measures in relation with Russia’s crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his supporters, having to chose between targeted sanctions and ‘the full Monty’, including economic...
Global Europe 18-02-2021

Borrell’s Moscow trip is a learning experience, not the death of EU foreign policy

Despite EU chief diplomat Joseph Borrell’s Moscow adventure, EU foreign policy has not died, and he should not resign, writes Niklas Novaky. Niklas Novaky is a research officer for EU security and defence policy at the Wilfried Martens Centre in...
Global Europe 17-02-2021

Commission seeks to ‘step up EU leadership’ globally

The European Commission on Wednesday (17 February) presented a strategy on how to promote reform, effectiveness and efficiency in the global multilateral system. It comes at a time when shortfalls of the EU's geopolitical cloud have emerged.

EXCLUSIVE: Brussels ties with fossil fuel industry revealed 

Three top officials in Ursula von der Leyen's green-oriented European Commission – Josep  Borrell, Stella Kyriakides and Adina Vălean – have until recently had ties with the fossil fuel industry, according to new research revealed exclusively by EURACTIV. 
Europe's East 12-02-2021

Ukrainian deputy PM: Russian vaccine is 20% treatment and 80% hybrid threat

In a wide-ranging interview, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna outlined her country’s EU and NATO agenda, the tense relations with Russia, the issue of vaccines and geopolitics.
Politics 12-02-2021

Tweets of the Week: Vaccine Mistakes, Russia Aftermath, OpenLux

Von der Leyen still dodges the blame, Borrell’s Russia excuses are incredibly lame and Luxembourg tax scandal is EU’s shame.
Global Europe 12-02-2021

Russia’s EU ambassador: Discussing Navalny is pointless

In a telephone interview on Thursday (11 February) the Ambassador of Russia to the EU Vladimir Chizhov evokes the recent visit of EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell to Moscow, which he helped arrange.
Global Europe 11-02-2021

Russia lashes out at Poland and EU for organising talks with Navalny’s associates

Russia has admonished the EU and Poland for organising a meeting with EU and foreign diplomats to discuss potential sanctions against Moscow with jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s close associates. Moscow would consider it morally and ethically “treasonous” that Navalny’s associates...
Eastern Europe 10-02-2021

After EU embarrassment in Moscow, Michel makes it up by going to Kyiv, Tbilisi

While European lawmakers were scolding the bloc's top diplomat Josep Borrell for his ill-fated trip to Russia, European Council President Charles Michel has announced he will be travelling to Ukraine and Georgia in March.
Global Europe 10-02-2021

Myanmar military tightens grip as anti-coup protests enter fifth day

Myanmar's military tightened its post-coup grip on power, stepping up a campaign of intimidation against the ousted civilian leadership while pushing harsher tactics as a fifth consecutive day of nationwide demonstrations began on Wednesday (10 February).
Europe's East 10-02-2021

EU Parliament president under fire for ‘not supporting’ democracy in Belarus

A leading Member of the European Parliament is organising a debate on Wednesday (10 February) intended to overturn a decision by the assembly's President David Sassoli not to open an office in Brussels representing the Belarus opposition, presumably under the advice of EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell.
Global Europe 09-02-2021

Under pressure, Borrell hardens towards Russia sanctions

Facing calls of resignation, EU’s chief diplomat Joseph Borrell on Tuesday (9 February) announced ‘concrete proposals’ towards sanctioning Moscow, as MEPs accused him of ‘falling into a trap’ set by Russia’ foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. “It will be for the...
Global Europe 09-02-2021

A ‘Résumé’ following the visit to Moscow

The arguments Poland raised prior to High Representative Josep Borrell’s visit to Moscow were disregarded, and now conclusions should be drawn from this. First of all, it is necessary to strengthen the best practice of consulting and formulating our Eastern...
Global Europe 08-02-2021

Borrell bites the bullet after disastrous Moscow trip

After a defeating trip to Moscow, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell on Sunday (7 February) tried to explain and justify his controversial trip to Moscow but admitted that relations between the EU and Russia have hit rock bottom. Borrell’s controversial...
Global Europe 06-02-2021

Russia expels three EU diplomats while Borrell visits

Russia on Friday (5 February) expelled diplomats from three European countries for allegedly taking part in protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, after the European Union said ties with Moscow had hit a new low.
Global Europe 05-02-2021

Russia receives Borrell with ‘provocative choreography’

On his trip to Moscow, EU’s chief diplomat Joseph Borrell on Friday (5 February) told his hosts that their treatment of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny represented ‘a low point’ in ties, as his case had added a new irritant...
Global Europe 05-02-2021

Russia to try Navalny for slander amid EU talks

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is due back in court on Friday (5 February) for a slander trial on the same day as the European Union's top diplomat is in Moscow for talks with Russia's foreign minister.
Global Europe 03-02-2021

Russian court jails Navalny, sparking street protests and Western outcry

A Moscow court on Tuesday (2 February) jailed the Kremlin's most prominent critic Alexei Navalny for nearly three years, triggering fierce condemnation from the West and calls for his immediate release.
Global Europe 01-02-2021

EU deplores ‘widespread detentions’ in pro-Navalny protests

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said he deplored the "widespread detentions and disproportionate use of force" against protesters and journalists in Russia on Sunday (31 January).

EU security, defence missions in Africa do not translate into ‘real political influence’, says minister

The financial efforts and missions of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in Africa do not translate into "real political influence", Portugal's defence minister, João Gomes Cravinho, argued on Thursday (28 January).

Revamped EU-India link could re-balance China ties, Portuguese FM says

Relations between the EU and India, especially in the context of an increasingly influential China, will be the central point of the Portuguese EU presidency, Portugal's Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
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