About: Josep Borrell

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...
Global Europe 24-06-2021

EU chief diplomat Borrel calls Tigray situation ‘appalling’

The EU's chief diplomat decried Wednesday (23 June) the situation in Ethiopia's Tigray region as "appalling" and pleaded with the world to "wake up and take action".
Europe's East 22-06-2021

West piles coordinated sanctions on Belarus after plane diversion

The EU, US, Britain and Canada ratcheted up pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Monday (21 June) by imposing coordinated sanctions after the forced landing of a Ryanair airliner to arrest a regime critic.
Global Europe 21-06-2021

Iran nuclear deal still possible after hardliner’s election, EU says

Iran and world powers can still clinch a deal to revive their 2015 nuclear accord after the election victory of a hardline Iranian president but time is running out, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday (20 June).
Global Europe 21-06-2021

Lebanon’s crisis caused by feud over power, says Borrell

The EU's foreign policy chief said a fight among Lebanese leaders is at the heart of its government crisis and he urged them to set their feud aside and form a cabinet or risk a total financial crash and sanctions.
Global Europe 16-06-2021

EU should prepare for ‘further downturn’ of relations with Moscow, says Borrell

Close cooperation with Russia is a "distant prospect" and the EU should prepare for a further deterioration of relations with Moscow, the EU's chief diplomat Joseph Borrell said on Wednesday (16 June) presenting the Commission's proposal for a new strategy on EU-Russia relations.
Eastern Europe 14-06-2021

Georgian mediation obtains the release of 15 Armenian POWs by Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan on Saturday (12 June) released to Armenia 15 prisoners of war captured last year during hostilities over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, under a deal mediated by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and saluted by the US and the EU.
EU-China 10-06-2021

EU considers sending delegation to Hong Kong after electoral law reform

The European Union denounced on Wednesday (9 June) Hong Kong's major overhaul of its political system as a breach by China of its international commitments and threatened to send a delegation to visit the autonomous city.