At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

I write after coming back from the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, where I took part in the International Leaders Forum organised by Madeleine Albright’s National Democratic Institute. I had many useful meetings – including with Albright herself, who’s a never-ending source of inspiration, and with Wendy Sherman and Clinton’s foreign policy team. It was also an opportunity to get the gist of this electoral campaign, which will matter so much also to America’s role in the world under the new administration. In these eight years Obama has managed to build strong alliances and deep friendships, especially with Europe. We have achieved a lot together – as many speakers at the Convention have reminded over the last few days – starting with the nuclear deal with Iran, and the Paris deal on climate. In a difficult moment in the history of the world, with a growing number of conflicts and wars, it is more important than ever that we work together, building strong and true partnerships based on dialogue, respect, and teamwork. This is what the two sides of the Atlantic need, and this is what our societies need – not the supposedly almighty loneliness of “strongmen,” which has always proven to be impotent if not harmful. We need strong democracies where responsibilities are shared, towards collective solutions. “We will fix it together:” such message is true for Hillary and for America, for their internal and international policies, but also for the world and for us...
Back from Washington (with some good news from Serbia and Albania)

Back from Washington (with some good news from Serbia and Albania)

I just got back from Washington, D.C., where I took part in the Global Coalition against Daesh’ ministerial meeting, gathered by John Kerry and Ashton Carter. In D.C. the European Union announced an extra 200 million euros in humanitarian aid to Iraq, while our work goes on in the areas liberated from Daesh, to let the Iraqis go back to their homes, to close the channels for terrorist financing, to strengthen the institutions of Iraq. It is an essential work, which must go hand in hand with the military operations. Hard and soft power are increasingly tied to one another. Last night I spoke about this – among other things – at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where I presented the new EU Global Strategy. Here is the video of our conversation, and here is my interview with PBS on the situation in Turkey (the statement on the state of emergency is here) and on the US presidential election. I shall finish on a positive note, some good news coming from Albania and Serbia. Yesterday the Albanian parliament approved at unanimity an important reform of its justice sector. I had spoken about this in Tirana, on the floor of the parliament, just a few months ago: the reform will be an important tool towards a more independent and transparent justice, and to fight corruption more effectively (here is our statement). Only two days before, we had opened two new justice-related chapters in Serbia’s negotiation for entering the EU (and here is the press review following my meeting on Tuesday with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić). It feels like all good news are coming from the Balkans, these...

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the adoption of judicial reform in Albania

Today the Parliament of the Republic of Albania adopted unanimously constitutional amendments which constitute provisions for a deep and comprehensive judicial reform. We congratulate the people of Albania, their leadership and all political forces who showed the maturity and responsibility to make this historical decision. This unprecedented step addresses a longstanding request by the overwhelming majority of the citizens for justice that is accountable, independent and transparent. It is also a major contribution to the fight against corruption and organised crime. These are all key priorities for Albania on its path towards integration into the EU. Now it is important that the implementation of the reform starts immediately, with the view that the people of Albania are served by a justice system that is firmly based on European...