Tag: European Union

What Angela Merkel wants

Europe’s reluctant hegemon is reluctant no more. For decades, even as Germany’s economic and political clout has grown, German leaders, wary of offending neighbors distrustful of its power, have resisted throwing around Berlin’s weight on the European stage — at least openly. But the coronavirus pandemic, in particular the massive economic fallout it has wrought, […]

China’s crackdown on Hong Kong threatens global order, EU says

China’s efforts to tighten its grip on Hong Kong pose a threat to the rules-based international order, the European Union’s top diplomat said, calling on member states to respond with a “robust” message. China’s increasing control over the city “affects not only our direct interests in Hong Kong but also the maintenance of the rules-based international […]

EU to launch diplomatic push against Israeli West Bank annexation

The European Union will make a diplomatic push to try to stop Israel from going ahead with a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said on Friday. Josep Borrell said the EU would use “all our diplomatic capacities” to try to dissuade Israel’s incoming government from going […]

EU Officials Ask If They Have the Wrong Person Running the Show

National governments are reasserting their power, the coronavirus is exposing the EU’s old faultlines with a new ferocity and, six months into the job, some officials who work with Ursula von der Leyen are asking whether she’s up to it. In the past two months, the president of the European Commission has been scolded by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, […]

France pushing for tough EU response to any West Bank annexation

France is urging its European Union partners to consider threatening Israel with a tough response if it goes ahead with a de facto annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, three EU diplomats said. Belgium, Ireland, and Luxembourg also want to discuss the possibility of punitive economic measures during a foreign ministers’ meeting on Friday, the […]

Will EU sanction Israel over annexation plans?

The European Commission considers imposing sanctionson Israel if Jerusalem decides to advance its annexation plan this summer. Foreign ministers of the European Union are expected to discuss the issue at their next monthly meeting on May 15, one day after the swearing-in of Israel’s new government. According to the unity agreement between the Likud and Blue […]

It’s a Trap! Nigel Farage Warns EU Will Use Coronavirus to Prevent Brexit

The Brexit Party leader said that Michel Barnier, the EU’s top Brexit negotiator, is trying to create a distinction between the “political Brexit” that was secured by the British people on January 31st, and an “economic Brexit” that is set to occur when the transition period ends in December. “Politically, the UK gave up its […]

World leaders pledge to fight coronavirus, but the U.S. skips the meeting

An EU-led fundraising extravaganza for Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and diagnostics fell just short of the European Commission’s €7.5 billion goal on Monday — even after organizers decided to count money already spent or allocated. But an even bigger challenge for world leaders could be keeping a pledge to fight the pandemic without fighting each other. […]

Charlemagne Prize 2020

The European Union today is divided and polarised on many fundamental issues while – in view of the enormous global challenges we face – what we really need right now is consensus, mutual respect and reconciliation. In the eastern part of the Union, one man in particular stands out as embodying our shared European values, […]

Virus-Hit Brexit Talks Resume With Time for a Deal Running Out

Britain and the European Union will restart talks on Monday over their future relationship, with time running out to get an agreement after a six-week interruption caused by coronavirus. Officials will meet by video-conference for a full week of discussions, their first since the inaugural round in Brussels at the start of the March. Shortly […]