The world at a glance in Davos

The world at a glance in Davos

I am just back from the World Economic Forum in Davos, an opportunity for me to have a number of important bilateral meetings with the leaders of international organisations and of partner countries. It was even more useful this year, on the eve of the US Presidential inauguration and a few months before we begin to negotiate Britain’s exit from the European Union: it was an opportunity to talk about our Union and the work we are doing, to showcase our strength – as the second economic power in the world after China, the first market for global trade exchanges, the first diplomatic power, and an increasingly relevant player for global security, in partnership with the United Nations and NATO. In Davos, it was clear that the geopolitical balance of power is shifting, and at the same time too many conflicts are still going on, dramatically: they require a constant work on a global level, with as much cooperation as we can. The list starts with Syria and the fight against Daesh, which were at the centre of many of my meetings. With the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, with the new Foreign Minister of Jordan Ayman al Safadi, with the President of the Kurdish regional government in Iraq Masoud Barzani – with all of them I talked about the Astana conference, which in a few days time will try to consolidate and expand the ceasefire, but also about how to support new UN-led political negotiations in Geneva, about the European initiative we are pushing forward with all regional actors to set up...
A conference in Brussels for the future of Syria

A conference in Brussels for the future of Syria

I write as I travel from Strasbourg, where we held the weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners, to Davos, where I will be taking part in some debates at the World Economic Forum. In Davos I will also have some bilateral meetings with institutional interlocutors and international partners. While the media attention focuses on a complex transition in the US Administration, our work keeps concentrating on the European Union’s continuing role in our region and the world. For peace, security and stability. This starts with Syria, which we discussed yesterday in Brussels at the Foreign Affairs Council. Our regional initiative to prepare Syria’s future goes on, in close cooperation with the United Nations and with regional countries: over the last few days, they sent their delegations to Brussels to discuss how to facilitate together a political transition, a reconciliation process, and how to open a new phase of reconstruction in the country. We have also decided that the European Union, together with the United Nations, will host an international conference on the future of Syria and of the region, next Spring in Brussels. It will be first and foremost a political meeting, to try and bring to an end these dramatic six years of war, and to open a new chapter of transition and reconstruction. But it will also be an opportunity to strengthen our support to an exhausted population, inside and outside Syria’s borders. No one invests as much as Europe does to support Syrians, and this is not bound to change: this fact, together with our non-engagement in the military conflict, gives us credibility. And we are ready to spend our credibility to facilitate a...

Federica Mogherini speaks with the Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj

Today, the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini spoke at length with the Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj. They discussed the political and security situation in Libya and the support that the European Union provides to the Government of National Accord and to the Libyan people. The regional context and initiatives were also passed in review, with the aim of supporting an effective outcome. The HRVP reaffirmed the EU’s full commitment to supporting the political process and the priorities defined by Libya in a number of areas, including migration and border control. Federica Mogherini invited the Prime Minister to Brussels in the coming weeks to continue working...