About: Josep Borrell

Global Europe 15-04-2021

EU expresses ‘solidarity’ with US over alleged Russian hacking

The European Union on Thursday (15 April) voiced support for the United States over cyber-attacks it has suffered, including a major hack blamed on Russia, as Washington imposed new sanctions on Moscow.
Global Europe 12-04-2021

Russia and China thwarting international response to Myanmar crisis, EU says

Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday (11 April), as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700.
Global Europe 09-04-2021

Protocol scandal symbolises the state of EU-Turkey relations, EU lawmaker says

We shouldn't place "sofa-gate" into the epicentre of a plenary debate, but rather discuss how to rebuild relations with Turkey under a President who no longer has a commitment toward a European future, a leading MEP told EURACTIV.

World powers, Iran discuss US return to nuclear deal in EU-mediated talks

World powers and Iran will meet by videoconference Friday (2 April) to discuss the possible return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal, in talks mediated by the EU.
EU-China 25-03-2021

US, EU to cooperate on China dialogue, Russia challenge

The US and Europe have agreed to relaunch a bilateral dialogue on China and work together to address Russia's "challenging behavior," according to a statement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell.

EU adopts €5billion fund to train and equip foreign military forces

Despite criticism from European lawmakers and advocacy groups, the EU adopted the €5 billion worth French-brokered European Peace Facility (EPF) on Monday (22 March), which will open the door for the bloc to deliver military aid to partner countries and...
Global Europe 22-03-2021

LEAK: Borrell report suggests new carrot-and-stick approach for Turkey

Turkey will be invited to follow a path of dialogue and reap some economic benefits, or move further away from Europe and face consequences, the EU's chief diplomat wrote in his Turkey report, set to be discussed by EU leaders later this week, according to a draft report seen by EURACTIV.
Elections 22-03-2021

US, Europe press Turkey to rethink ditching of Istanbul Convention

US and European leaders denounced what they called Turkey's baffling and concerning decision to pull out of an international accord designed to protect women from violence, and urged President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reconsider.
Global Europe 19-03-2021

Tables have turned: EU is handling Turkey issue together with Washington

Turkey is not just a European-Turkish issue, but also an issue in our transatlantic partnership, and obviously, our partnership with NATO, senior EU officials have said.
Global Europe 19-03-2021

EU ‘deeply concerned’ over crackdown on pro-Kurdish party, Turkey rebuffs criticism

Turkey on Thursday (18 March) told foreign countries to keep out of its domestic affairs after Western powers uniformly condemned its bid to shut down the main pro-Kurdish party.
China 12-03-2021

EU threatens China with ‘additional steps’ over Hong Kong vote

The European Union on Thursday (11 March) warned China it could take "additional steps" as it condemned a vote by Beijing's rubber-stamp parliament for sweeping changes to Hong Kong's electoral system.
Enlargement 11-03-2021

Bring Western Balkans back on the agenda, urge nine EU member states

Nine EU member states have called on the EU’s chief diplomat, Joseph Borrell, to have a strategic discussion on the Western Balkan countries and their prospects when EU foreign ministers meet in April, according to a letter made available to...
Development Policy 10-03-2021

EU unveils new humanitarian aid tools amid pressure on donors

The EU will set up a new European Humanitarian Response Capacity to intervene directly in humanitarian crises, as part of a revamp of its humanitarian aid policy, it announced on Wednesday (10 March).
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 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. 
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...