“Federica Mogherini, Top EU Diplomat, Says Bloc Is Prepared for Trump”. Interview with the Wall Street Journal

Interview by Laurence Norman and Julian E. Barnes. Read on the WSJ website The European Union is prepared for a more deal-oriented relationship with the U.S. once President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the bloc’s chief diplomat said Wednesday, adding that approach won’t prevent cooperation on a broad range of issues, including the Iranian nuclear deal. “We are ready for a transactional way of working….one more based on an analysis of where our interests coincide,” Federica Mogherini said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in Brussels. “I believe that going through the list of global conflicts and regional issues, we would come out with a very long list of things where we have an interest in either a division of labor or a common approach.” The bloc’s foreign-policy chief suggested a new trans-Atlantic relationship could have upsides for the EU, playing down the prospect that Mr. Trump’s interest in warmer ties with Russia would necessarily counter Europe’s interests. Indeed, she said a more independent EU might line up with Russia against any efforts on the Trump administration’s part to scuttle the Iran accord, shake up Middle East policy, or reduce the role of the United Nations. Senior European officials have openly worried about the possible impact of the Trump administration’s foreign policy on Europe. They have expressed concerns not only about his stance toward Russia, but also that he will demand a higher price for underwriting the region’s security and will be less committed to working with the EU to press for democracy and the rule of law in Europe’s neighborhood. However, Ms. Mogherini pointed to a range...

Opening remarks by Federica Mogherini at the Conference “European Future of Bosnia & Herzegovina – 20 years after Dayton-Paris Peace Agreement” at the European Parliament

Check against delivery Thank you very much, Tonino Picula. Thank you, Andrej Plenkovic. I would like first of all to thank the three political groups that have organised this. We are at the European Parliament and this is a political initiative. I think it is a timely and important one. And let me also thank the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, not only for being here, but also for having shown in this last year strong leadership for the benefit of the citizens in their country and shown the capacity to work together for the sake of their all people. If we look back we see that a lot has changed, and for good. Twenty years after Dayton, this is for sure time to look ahead. To look ahead means to look at our common future inside the European Union. As Andrej rightly said: the way from Dayton to Brussels. But let me just spend one minute, only one, to look back to one year ago. The political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the political perception in the European Union of the country was completely different from the one we are seeing today and this is thanks, I believe, to our common work and to your leadership. And if we look twenty years back, the Dayton agreement put an end to the bloodiest war in Europe since World War Two. The accords managed to stabilise Bosnia and Herzegovina and to let the reconstruction begin, with all its limits and shortcomings it guaranteed the unity and the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina for two decades. Still Dayton cannot be...

Remarks by Federica Mogherini ahead of the Meeting of Heads of State or Government of the European Union with Turkey

Check against delivery! We have difficult times. All of us know very well that apart from the meeting of today, both us, Turkey, but also the region, Turkish people, the European people are all living in very difficult times. And I believe it is important to frame the day – that many describe as an important day – to frame the day of today in the broader picture. And it is a broader picture that sees us working closely with Turkey on many difficult issues, and very important for all of us. From Syria, which is the most urgent one, also because we always say we have to tackle the root causes of the refugee crisis – that is number one, to the internal situation in Turkey. Turkey comes out of a long electoral transition, now we have a government that is there to stay for some years and it is important for us to have a full-fledged dialogue with them on all the relevant issues. Obviously migration and the refugee crisis is one, but also others, including the revitalisation of the accession talks – you know we have been working on opening Chapters. This comes together with the new investment from the Turkish side on basic fundamental elements like human rights, media freedom, and I would like to stress in particular the need to re-start the Kurdish peace process. This was something that was on the table for two years after an initiative that President Erdoğan took at the time. It is important to revitalise it and the European Union will do this, will give all the support...

Invitation to a background briefing on the EU’s support for Ukraine

You are invited to an off the record technical briefing on the support the European Union is giving to Ukraine. The briefing follows today’s proposal by the European Commission for further macro-financial assistance to Ukraine, but will cover also other angles of support. The briefing will take place tomorrow, Friday 9 January, at 11am, in the Commission’s main press room. You will be briefed by the representatives of the European External Action Service and the European Commission. For accredited press only....