Josep Borrell

    • Biden and Macron seek to restore confidence during a phone call

      Biden and Macron seek to restore confidence during a phone call

      The most significant rift in decades between the United States and France seemed on the mend Wednesday after French President Emmanuel Macron and President Joe Biden got on the phone to smooth things over, AP reported. In a half-hour call that the White House described as “friendly,” the two leaders agreed to meet next month to discuss the way forward after the French fiercely objected when the US, Australia and Britain announced a new Indo-Pacific defense deal last week that cost the French a submarine contract worth billions.

      58
    • EU needs to create rapid reaction force

      EU needs to create rapid reaction force

      EU needs to create a rapidly deployable military force to intervene around the world, two senior officials said on Thursday cited by new agencies. According to Gen. Claudio Graziano, chairman of the EU military committee, and EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell the Afghanistan crisis could provide the needed catalyst to end years of inaction.

      71
    • Borrell: EU needs to talk to Taliban before recognition

      Borrell: EU needs to talk to Taliban before recognition

      The EU will have to talk with the Taliban after the group seized control of Afghanistan before recognising them, foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday. "The Taliban have won the war, so we will have to talk with them," he pointed out, while stressing this does not mean moving quickly to official recognition. He was speaking after a EU foreign affairs ministers online meeting.

      97
    • Serbia-Kosovo talks, brokered by EU, produce no progress

      Serbia-Kosovo talks, brokered by EU, produce no progress

      A meeting on Monday between Serbia and Kosovo that is part of the European Union-brokered negotiations aimed at resolving a long-lasting dispute that remains a source of tensions in the volatile Balkans produced no progress, AP reported. The negotiations were headed by the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who urged Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo PM Albin Kurti before the meeting in Brussels to achieve a “comprehensive legally-binding agreement.”

      132
    • EU reassures Bosnia to admit it one day

      EU reassures Bosnia to admit it one day

      The European Union tried on Tuesday to reassure Bosnians of its readiness to admit their country one day, after an unofficial EU diplomatic note raised doubts about Brussels' commitment, Reuters reported. That note, circulated among EU officials in April, proposed redrawing borders along ethnic lines in the Western Balkans in an attempt to unblock stalled reforms in the region. It caused anxiety in Bosnia, which aspires to join both the EU and NATO.

      88
    • EU launches training mission in Mozambique to help armed forces fighting Islamist groups

      EU launches training mission in Mozambique to help armed forces fighting Islamist groups

      The EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday announced the launch of a military mission to train Mozambican forces trying to stabilize the restive, gas-rich Cabo Delgado province. EU personnel should share expertise on counter-terrorism and civilian protection efforts. The mission is to "train selected Mozambican units to help armed forces in their efforts to bring back safety and security," top EU diplomat Josep Borrell said after the foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels.

      86
    • Further progress made in Vienna at Iran nuclear talks: diplomats

      Further progress made in Vienna at Iran nuclear talks: diplomats

      Top diplomats announced on Sunday that further progress had been made at talks between Iran and global powers to try to negotiate and restore a landmark 2015 agreement to contain Iranian nuclear development that was later abandoned by the Trump administration. They said that it was now up to the governments involved in the negotiations to make political decisions, AP reported.

      114
    • EU criticises Moscow court's ruling on Navalny's organisations

      EU criticises Moscow court's ruling on Navalny's organisations

      The Moscow Court's ruling to label Alexei Navalny’s organisations as “extremist groups” marks the most serious effort to date by the Russian Government to suppress the independent political opposition and anti-corruption investigations, and to eliminate Navalny’s political networks’ influence ahead of the State Duma elections in September, the EU said in a declaration, issued by HR/VP Josep Borrell.

      398