About: Josep Borrell

EU-Africa 27-01-2022

Sahel ministers cancel joint EU talks amid growing chaos

Ministers from Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger cancelled joint talks with the EU at the last minute on Wednesday, in favour of bilateral meetings with the bloc’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

EU sees strengthened partnership with US vital for global recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the weakness of international organisations and the need for a stronger transatlantic partnership for a fair global recovery, the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said during a Foundation for European Progressive Studies event.
Europe's East 25-01-2022

‘Stay calm’ EU tells US as Ukraine braces for the worst

While Ukraine is bracing for the worst, a possible Russian invasion, EU diplomats on Monday (24 January) regretted the US decision to evacuate diplomats' families from Kyiv could be interpreted as a sign that the West accepts such a scenario.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

EU says not following US diplomat families’ withdrawals from Ukraine

The EU is not following the US in withdrawing its diplomats' families from Ukraine, top European diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday (24 January), adding that there was no need to "dramatise" the situation while talks with Russia continue.
EU-Africa 19-01-2022

Exempt humanitarian aid from Mali sanctions, NGOs urge

A group of NGOs has urged the EU and broader international community to exempt humanitarian aid from sanctions imposed on Mali’s military government, warning that 1.2 million Malians face a food crisis.
Global Europe 18-01-2022

EU urges Moscow to free Navalny on anniversary of his arrest

The European Union called on Moscow on Monday (17 January) to immediately release Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic, who was jailed a year ago in what the EU condemned as a politically motivated act.
EU-Africa 13-01-2022

EU wants to continue its military missions in Mali, but ‘not at any cost’

The EU's role in an anti–jihadist defence and security mission in the Sahel region is under increasing threat as relations with the military government in Mali continue to decline over delayed elections and the presence of Russian mercenaries, EU officials conceded on Thursday.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

Stronger support for Eastern partners finds way into amended EU military strategy proposal

Amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine, the EU is set to enshrine stronger support, including in security and defence, for its Eastern partners, according to the latest version of the bloc’s upcoming military strategy document, seen by EURACTIV. “The EU...
Europe's East 05-01-2022

Borrell calls for EU involvement in Ukraine security talks

EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell vowed the bloc’s full support for Ukraine Wednesday (5 January) as he visited the country’s war-torn east just ahead of a flurry of talks between Western and Russian officials on the crisis, in which the...
Global Europe 05-01-2022

Borrell visits Ukraine frontline in show of support amid Russia fears

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell arrived in Ukraine Tuesday (4 January) in a show of support for Kyiv, as the West warns Russia against launching any attacks on its ex-Soviet neighbour.
Europe's East 03-01-2022

EU’s Borrell to visit Ukraine frontline amid Russia tensions

The EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell will visit Ukraine's frontline later this week, the European Commission has announced, in a show of support for Kyiv amid Russia's military build-up along its border.
Global Europe 03-01-2022

2022: Europe’s ‘ring of fire’ keeps smouldering

In 2022, EU foreign policy looks towards some fire fighting to salvage what is left of the once-dominant dream of building a ‘ring of friends’ from the Caucasus to the Sahara. Over the past year, Europe has woken up to...
Global Europe 23-12-2021

West accuses Moscow of ‘escalation’ at Ukraine border ahead of talks

Several western countries on Wednesday (22 December) accused Russia of "escalating" the tense situation at the border with Ukraine, and promised to present a united front when talks with Moscow begin in January.
China 21-12-2021

G7 condemns ‘erosion’ of democracy in Hong Kong polls

World powers on Monday (20 December) condemned Hong's Kong tightly vetted legislature vote, saying rules imposed by Beijing that reduced directly elected seats and controlled who could stand had eroded democracy in the Chinese territory.
EU-Africa 14-12-2021

Failure on Ethiopia sanctions ‘my biggest frustration’ this year, says EU’s top diplomat

EU top diplomat Josep Borrell criticised EU member states on Monday (13 December) for failing to agree on sanctions against those suspected of war crimes in Ethiopia’s civil war, expressing frustration over Europe's failure to give an effective policy response to "large scale human rights violations" there.
Global Europe 13-12-2021

EU explores Russia options, adopts sanctions against Wagner group

EU foreign ministers on Monday (13 December) discussed options for a possible new round of economic sanctions against Russia, in coordination with the United States and Britain, ahead of two crucial summits in Brussels this week.
Global Europe 06-12-2021

EU condemns ‘politically motivated’ jailing of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

The European Union's top diplomat condemned on Monday (6 December) a jail term handed out to Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying it was a "politically motivated verdict".

EU-US to start new defence and security dialogue in early 2022

A previously touted US-EU dialogue on security and defence is set to be launched in early 2022, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell announced in a statement on Friday (3 December).
EU-Africa 26-11-2021

EU officials fear Ethiopian collapse amid ‘dramatic situation’

As European governments urge their citizens to leave Ethiopia and critical diplomatic staff are expelled, the EU is becoming increasingly concerned that the escalating civil conflict there risks unravelling the country entirely.
Central Asia 23-11-2021

Afghanistan looms large at EU-Central Asia talks in Dushanbe

EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen on Monday (22 November) asked Afghanistan's neighbours to prevent human trafficking as they met their Central Asian counterparts in the Tajik capital. EURACTIV reports from Dushanbe.
Global Europe 16-11-2021

EU eyes more sanctions on Russian mercenaries Wagner

EU foreign ministers agreed Monday (15 November) to draw up more sanctions on shadowy Russian mercenary group Wagner over its involvement in a string of hotspots, the bloc's foreign policy chief said.
Global Europe 15-11-2021

EU condemns Sudan crackdown on protesters, journalists

The European Union on Sunday (14 November) condemned a violent crackdown on protesters in Sudan against last month's coup that left six dead and demanded the release of detainees including journalists.

Europe has to become a security provider, says EU’s Borrell

European citizens want to be protected by the European Union, which is why it must become a security provider, EU chief diplomat Joseph Borrell told several European media outlets in an interview.

LEAK: What the EU’s future military strategy could look like

The blueprint of the so-called Strategic Compass, the European Union’s upcoming military strategy document, seen by EURACTIV, will be formally submitted to EU foreign ministers next Monday (15 November).