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Federica Mogherini meets with US Vice-President Mike Pence

This morning, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini welcomed the Vice-President of the United States of America Mike Pence as he started his official visit to the European Union. The meeting follows on from High Representative’s contacts with Vice President Pence in the last months, and with the  new US administration – namely Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence James Mattis – both during her visit to Washington on 9-10 February and last week in Europe. High Representative Mogherini and Vice-President Pence discussed the importance of a strong partnership between the European Union and the United States, which is essential for both sides of the Atlantic. In an open and warm conversation, HRVP Mogherini reaffirmed a strong willingness of the EU to continue building a strong EU-US partnership on the basis of clear values and interests, and cooperating closely on bilateral as well as international issues. On the latter, they had an in depth exchange on the common priorities, from Syria to Ukraine, from Libya to the Middle East, from Afghanistan to DPRK. As chairperson of the Joint commission, HRVP Mogherini stressed the need to preserve and fully implement the Iran deal. HRVP Mogherini and VP Pence also shared views on how to deepen and strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism, in particular in the context of the anti-Daesh coalition. HRVP Mogherini will also join the meeting of Vice President Pence with the President of the European Commission Jean Claude... read more

L’America mai così divisa tra conflitti politici e sociali, all’Ue più responsabilità nella leadership mondiale

di Andrea Bonanni e Alberto D’Argenio – intervista per il gruppo LENA, qui sul sito di Repubblica BRUXELLES. “Nei rapporti tra Europa e Stati Uniti si apre una fase nuova, più pragmatica. È fuori di dubbio che l’amicizia tra i nostri popoli vada di là dai cambiamenti di amministrazione perché a legarci sono la storia e il futuro: le persone, la cultura, gli investimenti, gli interessi concreti. E non credo che gli Usa siano, o possano mai diventare, una minaccia per noi europei. Ma d’ora in poi il nostro rapporto sarà meno automatico; dovremo verificare caso per caso quali siano i nostri interessi e se coincidano con quelli americani. E ci potranno essere casi in cui Europa e Stati Uniti non avranno le stesse posizioni”. Sulla parete dell’ufficio al dodicesimo piano di Palazzo Berlaymont, dove Federica Mogherini riceve i giornalisti del gruppo Lena, spicca un manifesto che raffigura il volto di Barak Obama, accanto ad un altro con la scritta “No more walls”: basta muri. Se ci fossero dubbi su dove batta il cuore dell’Alto rappresentante per la politica estera e di sicurezza della Ue, l’arredamento li dissipa prima ancora che lei apra bocca. Ma la sua prima mossa, dopo l’insediamento di Trump alla Casa Bianca, è stata di prendere un volo per Washington per incontrare il nuovo segretario di Stato Usa, Rex Tillerson, il consigliere per la sicurezza nazionale Michael Flynn, che si è dimesso ieri, e il consigliere della Casa Bianca Jared Kushner. Com’è andata? “Ho trovato un’atmosfera molto buona. Mi rendo conto che questo non riflette alcune uscite pubbliche. Il messaggio che nei primi contatti ufficiali... read more

Statement on the “Regularisation Law” adopted by the Israeli Knesset

The European Union condemns the recent adoption of the “Regularisation Law” by the Israeli Knesset on 6 February. This law crosses a new and dangerous threshold by legalising under Israeli law the seizure of Palestinian property rights and effectively authorising the confiscation of privately owned Palestinian land in occupied territory. The law may provide for “legalising” numerous settlements and outposts previously considered as illegal even under Israeli law, which would be contrary to previous commitments by Israeli governments and illegal under international law. In passing this new law, the Israeli parliament has legislated on the legal status of land within occupied territory, which is an issue that remains beyond its jurisdiction. Should it be implemented, the law would further entrench a one-state reality of unequal rights, perpetual occupation and conflict. The EU, also in line with recently adopted UN Security Council resolution 2334, considers Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal under international law and condemns the recent settlement announcements. As identified in the recommendations of the report by the Middle East Quartet, such settlements constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten the viability of a two-state solution. The EU urges the Israeli leadership to refrain from implementing the law and to avoid measures that further raise tensions and endanger the prospects for a peaceful solution to the conflict, so as to reaffirm unequivocally through actions and policy its continued commitment to a two-state solution in order to rebuild mutual trust and create conditions for direct and meaningful... read more

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