Statement by Federica Mogherini on the outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom

The British citizens have made their choice to leave our Union. However much we regret this decision, we respect it. The challenges we are facing are too pressing for us to afford any institutional uncertainty. This is why we will move forward on the basis of our shared values and interests and why we will keep working for the security and the well-being of our citizens, for the inclusiveness and the resilience of our societies, and for a more just and more cooperative world. The European Union is and will continue to be a strong actor, and a reliable partner to our friends all around the world. We will continue to act as a force for peace, a provider of security, and a staunch supporter of international cooperation and multilateralism. Disengagement is not an option, but neither is business as usual. Our Union is the best way to respond to our citizens’ needs and aspirations, and this requires a profound reflection on how to make it deliver effectively. Tough times call for even greater leadership and resolve, and for even more unity. Unity of purpose is our strength and our citizens – and the entire world – need a strong European Union like never...
United, to tackle the hatred that killed Jo

United, to tackle the hatred that killed Jo

I haven’t written anything for a few days: it has been a very intense week, marked by the terrible murder of Jo Cox. Whatever the result of the British referendum, everyone’s absolute priority must be to answer her husband’s bright and dramatic call: unite to tackle the hatred that killed her, and is killing our societies. In the last few days we have worked intensively on one of the issues Jo cared the most about – that is, development cooperation. On Wednesday I opened together with Ban Ki-moon the European Development Days (here is my opening speech): we discussed with many African Presidents and Prime Ministers – but also with civil society organisations and especially with many young folks – how to move from the traditional mentality of aid to a true partnership, based on investments and on developing strong and democratic societies. As the first donor, the first trade partner and the first human rights’ advocate worldwide, our European Union is the most natural interlocutor for all African countries. Here is the video of our conversation on peace, security and development. Our work on Africa went on yesterday, with the Foreign Ministers of the five Sahel countries. It is everyday more evident that their problems are our problems, and their strength can be Europe’s strength: this is true for so many fields, from the fight against terror to managing migratory flows. We have also begun to work with Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Siyala, to better control the frontier between Libya, Chad and Niger. But our dialogue with Sahel is not only institutional: yesterday’s best moment was the meeting with fifty young men and women from the region, to talk about their country’s present and...