About: Josep Borrell

EU-Africa 29-10-2020

Borrell: EU must improve its offer to Africa to remain its ‘first partner’

The EU will need to significantly improve its offer to the African continent if it is succeed in maintaining its position as its “first partner”, the EU’s chief diplomat said on Thursday (29 October).

EU seals accord to let third countries into future joint military projects

EU member states agreed on late Wednesday (28 October) on conditions to allow countries outside the bloc to participate in joint defence projects, according to a draft agreement document obtained by EURACTIV.
EU-Africa 27-10-2020

2021 must be EU’s ‘Africa year’, says Borrell

With plans for a new EU-Africa ‘partnership’ blueprint having been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, 2021 should be “the Africa year for the European Union,” the bloc’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, said during the Socialist and Democrat group’s Africa Week.

European Parliament calls for stronger EU commitment to nuclear non-proliferation

European lawmakers called on Wednesday (21 October) for a stronger European commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, including support for a key UN treaty, amid global uncertainty over nuclear arms control.
EU-Africa 21-10-2020

Top EU diplomat condemns Nigeria protest killings

The European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Wednesday (21 October) condemned the killing of protesters demonstrating against police brutality in Nigeria, and called for justice.
EU-Africa 20-10-2020

EU hails US plan to remove Sudan from terror blacklist

The EU's diplomatic chief on Monday (19 October) welcomed President Donald Trump's announcement that he is ready to remove Sudan from a US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.
Azerbaijan 19-10-2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan trade accusations of breaking new truce

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating a new ceasefire on Sunday (18 October), as they tried for the second time in a week to bring a halt to fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Coronavirus 14-10-2020

Borrell and Lenarcic quarantined after trip to Ethiopia

The EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, and the bloc's commissioner for humanitarian aid, Janez Lenarcic, said that they were quarantining after coming into contact with people who tested positive for coronavirus during a trip to Ethiopia last week.
Azerbaijan 12-10-2020

Russia brokers Karabakh ceasefire, EU voices ‘extreme concern’ over breaches

The EU diplomatic chief on Sunday (11 October) expressed his deep concern over reports of violations of a Russia-brokered ceasefire between warring neighbours Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

EU frowns at North Cyprus pre-election stunt

Authorities in breakaway northern Cyprus are to open the coastal section of the long-fenced-off disputed town of Varosha, a Turkish Cypriot leader announced Tuesday (6 October) ahead of elections at the weekend.
Europe's East 23-09-2020

Make or break for the ‘pro-Belarusian revolution’

In these difficult times for liberal democracy, the EU has to ensure its credibility more decisively than ever, writes Darya Mustafayeva.
EU-China 22-09-2020

Ambassador: China accepts EU criticism but not unfounded attacks or meddling

China accepts well-intended criticism coming from the EU, but it does not accept malicious attacks and will not allow anyone to meddle in its internal affairs, the country's ambassador to the EU, Zhang Ming, told the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee (AFET).
Botswana 22-09-2020

Pandemic has derailed EU-Africa strategy, concedes Borrell

Talks on a new EU-Africa partnership have been derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, conceded on Monday (21 September), as a key summit of the two sides has been postponed until 2021.
Global Europe 18-09-2020

Venezuela’s Maduro says election delay to meet EU request ‘impossible’

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said it would be "impossible" to delay parliamentary elections planned for 6 December, after the European Union suggested pushing back the vote to meet conditions for the bloc to send an observer mission.
Eastern Europe 17-09-2020

MEPs praise Georgian political dialogue and COVID response, call for continued reforms

The European parliament on Wednesday (16 September) with overwhelming majority praised Georgia’s progress but called on the EU and NATO hopeful to press on with justice reforms and depoliticisation of the judiciary. Following the adoption of the report, the Georgian...
Global Europe 15-09-2020

Empires are back, Borrell tells EU lawmakers before crucial EU summit

The EU has reached a critical junction in its relations with Turkey, its chief diplomat, Josep Borrel, said on Tuesday (15 September), urging Ankara to back down from conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean and uphold basic human rights in the country.
Eastern Europe 08-09-2020

EU, Germany, Britain pressure Belarus on snatched opposition figure

The EU on Monday (7 September) led calls for Belarus to immediately release over 600 people arrested for protesting against a controversial election that extended strongman Alexander Lukashenko's 26 years in power.
Global Europe 04-09-2020

France leads criticism of US ‘attack’ on ICC

France led criticism of US sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Thursday (3 September), saying Washington had launched a "serious attack" on the global body.
Global Europe 03-09-2020

Russia sanctions can only follow probe into Navalny case, EU says

The European Commission said on Thursday (3 September), the bloc could only slap new sanctions on Moscow after a probe reveals who was responsible for what Germany says was a deliberate poisoning with a toxic nerve agent of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
03-09-2020

EU condemns ‘in the strongest possible terms’ Navalny’s poisoning

The European Union condemned "in the strongest possible terms" on Wednesday (2 September) the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and called on Russia to thoroughly investigate the assassination attempt and bring those responsible to justice.
Global Europe 02-09-2020

Borrell in Libya to push for peace talks

The EU's foreign policy chief held talks with Libya's UN recognised government on Tuesday (1 September) to push for renewed efforts to resolve the country's long-running conflict.
Global Europe 31-08-2020

EU should avoid ‘Europe First’ approach, German FM says

Only if Europe is able to defuse crises in its neighbourhood on its own will Europe remain an attractive ally for the US, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday (31 August), after a week in which the bloc...
Eastern Europe 28-08-2020

EU foreign ministers agree to move forward on Belarus sanctions

EU foreign ministers reached a political agreement in Berlin on Friday (28 August) on punitive measures against high-ranking supporters of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko to pressure him into holding new elections.
Global Europe 28-08-2020

In Berlin, EU credibility to be determined by fine line between Belarus and Turkey

EU foreign ministers meeting in Berlin are struggling to agree on the bloc's planned sanctions against Belarus and at the same time come up with an adequate response to Turkey over the escalating tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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