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Statement on the nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has carried out another nuclear test. This is once again a direct and unacceptable violation of the DPRK’s international obligations not to produce or test nuclear weapons, as determined by multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and represents a major provocation, a grave threat to regional and international security and a major challenge to the global non-proliferation regime. The European Union’s message is clear: the DPRK must abandon its nuclear, weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and immediately cease all related activities. I will be in touch with partners in the course of the day; I will also meet tomorrow CTBT Executive Secretary, Lassina Zerbo, and IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano. And I will put the issue of the DPRK on the agenda of the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Tallinn next week. It is crucial that we in the European Union and the entire international community continue to deal with this in a united and coordinated manner. In this respect, we look forward to the UN Security Council addressing the matter and taking a firm and effective stand. The European Union will, as always, closely coordinate our action with its decisions. The DPRK must engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue, aimed at pursuing the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the full implementation of all relevant UN Security Council resolutions. The EU is ready to support such a process in consultation with key partners. A de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula can only be achieved through... read more

Federica Mogherini visits Teheran

Today, 5 August, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, visited Tehran, Iran, to attend the formal inauguration ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani. On this occasion she also held bilateral meetings with President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the Foreign Policy Advisor of the Supreme Leader, Ali-Akbar Velayati and attended a roundtable discussion at the Council for Foreign Policy headed by former Foreign Minister Kamal Kahrazi. In the bilateral meetings the High Representative, acting also in her capacity as coordinator of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), discussed the state of implementation of the nuclear deal. She stated that the JCPOA is delivering on its objectives as confirmed by the six International Agency for Atomic Energy reports and by the economic results following the lifting of nuclear related economic and financial sanctions. The High Representative reiterated the EU’s unwavering commitment to the deal, recalled its historic significance, multilateral dimension and its importance for regional and global stability. She underlined the need for a full and effective implementation of the deal by all parties throughout its duration. The High Representative reviewed the bilateral cooperation between EU and Iran on different areas. Both sides confirmed their interest in expanding this cooperation and discussions will continue at the next High Level Dialogue meeting. The High Representative conferred with her interlocutors on the situation in the region. She stated her support for a regional mechanism of dialogue. She also discussed the need to urgently find a political solution to the conflict in... read more

Speech at the Hessian Peace Prize award ceremony

Check against delivery I would like to start by thanking you, Mr President [Mr Norbert Kartmann, President of the Hessian Parliament], Madam Minister [Ms Lucia Puttrich, Minister of European and Federal Affairs of the State of Hessen], all of you for your kind words, but most of all for this honour. I am also very thankful that you have come to Brussels for this ceremony – as you have highlighted this is the first time that this happens and I am very much aware of the fact that it does is not only a courtesy to myself, which I appreciate, but I know that this is first and foremost a tribute to the European Union, as you said Madam Minister, as a force for peace in our very difficult times. Two years after the deal with Iran [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] was signed, we see and we breathe a very different atmosphere in global affairs and in these days receiving this prize is quite significant. It is not always easy to find or to build the same spirit of collective responsibility that made the Iran deal possible. The work to achieve win-win solutions requires patience, perseverance, as you said, sometimes even stubbornness and a lot, a lot of strength. Many are tempted in these times to seek unilateral action, shortcut. Everyone seems to want to show their strength, instead of showing their wisdom. As if they were not the same. As if wisdom was not the biggest strength you can show, the most difficult to achieve, the most difficult to preserve and also the most difficult to share.... read more

« Il faut créer un Etat stable en Libye ». Interview avec Le Monde

Alors qu’un conseil européen des affaires étrangères devait notamment être consacré, lundi 17 juillet, à la lutte contre les réseaux de trafiquants de migrants en Méditerranée, Federica Mogherini, la chef de la diplomatie européenne, analyse les enjeux de la politique de l’Union européenne (UE) vis-à-vis de la Libye et de la Syrie. Un accord migratoire est-il possible avec un pays en plein chaos comme la Libye ? Il est impensable d’imaginer pouvoir bloquer aujourd’hui la route de la Méditerranée centrale, et certainement pas par un accord, du moins pas avant que la crise en Libye ne soit résolue. Nous devons toujours respecter les règles internationales de non-refoulement. On n’arrête pas les gens au milieu de la mer. On les sauve et on discute ensuite pour savoir s’ils peuvent bénéficier ou non du droit d’asile. Pour l’instant, La Libye n’est pas un pays stable et le travail de l’UE, comme de la communauté internationale, consiste à chercher une solution politique à la crise. C’est la priorité absolue, qui va au-delà de la question des migrations. On oublie parfois qu’il y a des Libyens en Libye. Il s’agit d’y créer un Etat stable, en trouvant un accord politique qui permette aux différents protagonistes, y compris au général Haftar, de partager la responsabilité du pouvoir. Il convient de trouver la façon d’unir les Libyens, dans le cadre de la médiation des Nations unies, pour qu’ils partagent la responsabilité de la gouvernance de leur pays, à partir de Tripoli et de Tobrouk, mais aussi de Misrata et du Sud. C’est très important en raison des connexions entre les tribus du Sud et le... read more

Statement by Federica Mogherini on the second anniversary of the JCPOA

Today marks the second anniversary of the deal on the Iranian nuclear program: the 14th of July 2015 the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed by the EU, China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, the US, and Iran. This was an historic achievement for the security of the region and of the whole world, a success for multilateral diplomacy that has proven to work and deliver. Eighteen months after its entry into force, the deal has been successfully implemented by all parts, including Iran as confirmed by the six reports issued by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). Through the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, that I coordinate, we are monitoring very closely the full implementation of the deal in all its parts. The regular meetings of the Joint Commission, the next one taking place in Vienna next Friday 21 July, are essential to ensure transparency, constant dialogue and implementation by all. In my capacity as coordinator, my task is and will stay to ensure that the deal is fully and effectively implemented by all sides. At a time when the world is faced again with threat of unchecked nuclear capabilities, the JCPOA stays as an important contribution to global non-proliferation efforts. This deal belongs to the international community, having been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, that expects all sides to keep the commitments they took two years ago. The European Union is and will stay committed in preserving and implementing it, and building on it to address the remaining unresolved sources of tension and conflict that are still afflicting the region. A... read more

«Roma ha imposto i suoi temi. L’accoglienza? Manca solidarietà». Intervista al Corriere della Sera

Intervista di Paolo Valentino, qui sul sito del Corriere «A me pare che da Tallinn esca nell’agenda europea una centralità dei temi posti dall’Italia che prima non c’era. Certo non basta e sui migranti abbiamo ancora un pezzo di strada da fare». Federica Mogherini non nasconde insufficienze e contraddizioni. Ma l’Alto Rappresentante per la Politica estera della Ue invita a non sottovalutare il cambio di paradigma imposto dall’Italia in Europa sull’esplosiva crisi migratoria. «In primo luogo – dice Mogherini nell’intervista al Corriere — c’è un impegno forte a intensificare il lavoro con la Libia e gli altri Paesi terzi, che abbiamo iniziato a fare già da più di un anno. C’è il rafforzamento dei rimpatri volontari verso i Paesi africani d’origine: nell’ultimo anno solo dalla Libia sono stati 5 mila e vorremmo arrivare a 10 mila entro la fine del 2017. C’è il riferimento all’impegno con Niger e Mali a irrobustire il controllo delle frontiere: come Ue abbiamo messo a disposizione altri 50 milioni di euro per la forza multinazionale congiunta per il Sahel. Dove c’è ancora da lavorare è sul Fondo Africa, dedicato alle migrazioni, che l’Ue ha già finanziato con 2,6 miliardi di euro, ma sul quale i contributi degli Stati membri sono ancora insufficienti: dopo l’Italia, chi contribuisce di più è la Germania con 50 milioni». Detto questo, lo ha ripetuto anche il ministro Minniti, sulla regionalizzazione, cioè la ripartizione degli arrivi nei porti europei c’è una totale chiusura. «Quando si passò dall’operazione solo italiana Mare Nostrum a quelle tutte europee Sophia e Triton, queste avrebbero dovuto essere accompagnate anche dalla ricollocazione interna, che però è... read more

Federica Mogherini meets with President Vučić of Serbia and Thaçi of Kosovo

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, hosted this morning in Brussels an informal meeting with the Presidents Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia and Hashim Thaçi of Kosovo. They agreed to work on starting a new phase of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina for normalisation of relations and reconciliation, and they decided that the respective teams will start working on preparations. They also stressed the importance of the implementation of the agreements reached in the dialogue without delay. The High Representative confirmed the commitment of the EU for the European perspective of the whole Western... read more

Il G5 Sahel unito contro la tratta

Lettera inviata al quotidiano L’Avvenire Caro direttore, è stata una decisione senza precedenti quella che in febbraio hanno preso insieme Burkina Faso, Ciad, Mali, Mauritania e Niger, i cinque Paesi del G5 Sahel: creare una Forza congiunta per lottare contro il terrorismo e i traffici illegali. E l’Unione Europea ha scelto di dare un sostegno forte a questa iniziativa, con un contributo di 50 milioni di euro. È un messaggio chiaro al continente africano e alla comunità internazionale. Ed è un messaggio anche a terroristi e organizzazioni criminali, un messaggio di unità e determinazione. In questi ultimi anni gruppi terroristici, reti criminali e bande di trafficanti di ogni genere hanno devastato le città del Sahel, i suoi tesori culturali, la sua economia, e non hanno risparmiato neppure le scuole. Troppe persone nel deserto hanno perso la vita che avevano affidato a contrabbandieri senza scrupoli. Di fronte a tutto questo, e per preservare la libertà di movimento, tanto cara ai popoli del Sahel, serve una cooperazione più forte per gestire le sfide comuni. La Forza congiunta sarà composta da diecimila uomini in grado di intervenire sul territorio di tutti e cinque i Paesi, anche rafforzando la collaborazione transfrontaliera. È una tappa importante verso soluzioni africane a problemi africani. I Paesi del G5 Sahel hanno scelto di prendere in mano il proprio destino e di assumersi in modo collettivo la responsabilità della sicurezza dei loro cittadini e della difesa dei loro valori. La Ue li sostiene, nella convinzione che sia il modo migliore per dare maggiore stabilità al Sahel e a tutta la nostra regione comune. Il Consiglio di Sicurezza dell’Onu... read more

Federica Mogherini to host a meeting with Presidents Vučić and Thaçi

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, will host in Brussels on Monday morning- following bilateral meetings in the margins of South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Summit in Dubrovnik tonight – an informal meeting between the Presidents Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia and Hashim Thaçi of Kosovo. They will have an exchange of views on the continuation of the dialogue for normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia as well as the broader developments in the Western Balkans... read more

Statement by Federica Mogherini on the ceremony on the laying down of arms in Colombia

After more than five decades of conflict, the Colombian peace process has become irreversible today with the end of FARC´s disarmament. Eamon Gilmore, Special Envoy for the peace process in Colombia, participated yesterday on my behalf in a historic ceremony in Colombia in the department of Meta, celebrating this crucial step forward. It consolidates the progress that has been achieved in the past few months, thanks to the firm commitment of both parties, to ensure that the provisions of the Peace Agreement are being effectively implemented. I encourage both parties to pursue their work towards implementing the remaining provisions of the Agreement. The European Union will continue to stand by Colombia in its commitment to the cause of peace through intensive political dialogue and cooperation programmes. Mr. Gilmore will keep working to assist this process and to intensify his contacts with all relevant Colombian and international actors. We will encourage and support all steps towards a sustainable and lasting peace, which end violence, empower communities, and brings security and prosperity to all... read more

Federica Mogherini in Crans Montana on the eve of the Conference on Cyprus

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, was in Crans Montana on Tuesday evening for the working dinner opening the new round of the Conference on Cyprus under UN auspices, with the leaders of the two Cypriot communities Mr Anastasiades and Mr Akinci, and the guarantor countries – Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias, Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu and UK Foreign Secretary Johnson. The European Union has always supported and accompanied the negotiations on a settlement for Cyprus, and will keep doing so in this crucial phase. The EU is present as an observer also at this round of talks, with a team that will stay during the entire session of the Conference, providing the expertise of all EU institutions and services. European Commission First Vice-President Timmermans will be at the Conference this morning where he will represent President... read more

Discours au Comité de Suivi de l’Accord de Paix au Mali

Seul le discours prononcé fait foi Monsieur le Président, Monsieur le Haut Représentant, chers amis, Je voudrais d’abord en mon nom personnel, en celui de ma délégation et de l’Union européenne, souhaiter un Ramadan Karim à toutes et tous. Je suis ravie d’être ici avec vous, les acteurs clé de la paix au Mali. Et c’est un honneur pour moi de vous porter le message de l’Union Européenne : un message de soutien, et un message de responsabilité. La renaissance du Mali est possible, si nous tous travaillons, ensemble, pour un nouvel élan de paix. Ce pays est une terre de traditions anciennes et de grande vitalité culturelle. Jusqu’à peu, les trésors de Tombouctou attiraient des visiteurs du monde entier. La guerre civile et le terrorisme sont des fardeaux qui ont ralenti le Mali, et imposé d’énormes souffrances à tous les Maliens. Nous savons aussi que l’instabilité régionale a eu un impact négatif sur les événements au Mali. L’idéologie des terroristes n’a rien à voir avec les traditions culturelles et religieuses de ce pays. Ils ont aussi détruit “matériellement” ces traditions et vos trésors – un crime contre le peuple du Mali mais aussi contre un patrimoine de toute l’humanité. Pour faire face à la menace terroriste, la communauté internationale s’est engagée fermement aux côtés du peuple et des institutions du Mali. Les attaques de ces derniers jours sont une nouvelle tentative de créer des divisions parmi nous: notre réponse ne peut qu’être une unité renouvellée. Dans quelques instants, je vais annoncer un soutien encore plus important de l’Union européenne au processus de paix au Mali. Mais d’abord, permettez-moi... read more

Federica Mogherini meets with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met today with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in the margins of the Conference of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). They exchanged views on bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process and regional issues. One day before the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the 6-day war, the High Representative reiterated her call for an end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A concerted international effort led by the Quartet and working with partners in the region, offer good opportunities to focus on the preservation of the two-state solution as the only viable way of achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace. In this context, High Representative Mogherini discussed with Prime Minister Netanyahu how concrete progress can be reached. She also reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to work together with both Israel and Palestinians to this end, as well as key regional and international players, the Middle East peace process remaining a top priority for the EU’s foreign policy and... read more

Federica Mogherini assistera au Sommet de la Communauté Economique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO) au Liberia et se rendra au Mali pour la rencontre des ministres du G5 Sahel

Le 4 juin, la HR/VP entamera une visite en Afrique de l’Ouest et dans la région du Sahel. Cette visite a pour objectif de renforcer la coopération de l’UE avec les pays de la région à travers la gestion de défis communs en matière de paix, sécurité et développement économique. La première étape commencera au Libéria où la HR/VP Mogherini s’adressera au Sommet de la Communauté Economique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest afin de réitérer le soutien de l’UE à l’organisation régionale. En marge du Sommet, la HR/VP tiendra une série de rencontres bilatérales avec des Chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement. La visite se poursuivra au Mali du 4 au 6 juin. La HR/VP Federica Mogherini rencontrera le Président du Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, le Ministre des Affaires étrangères Abdoulaye Diop et d’autres membres du gouvernement malien pour discuter des relations bilatérales ainsi que du soutien important qu’apporte l’UE à la stabilisation, au processus de paix et réconciliation nationale, et au développement du pays. Dans ce contexte, elle participera également à une réunion du Comité de suivi de l’Accord (Accord de Paix) le 5 juin. La HR/VP assistera ensuite à la 3ème rencontre des Ministres du G5 Sahel à Bamako avec les Ministres des Affaires étrangères du Burkina Faso, du Mali, de la Mauritanie, du Niger et du Tchad. Cette 3ème rencontre ministérielle du G5 sera l’occasion de confirmer que l’UE se tient prête à soutenir davantage les projets concrets initiés par les pays du G5 Sahel afin de renforcer notre coopération face aux défis communs, tels que l’éradication de la pauvreté, l’emploi des jeunes et la lutte... read more

Federica Mogherini visits Argentina

Bilateral political and economic relations, as well as support to regional integration and to multilateralism were at the core of the High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini’s second visit to Argentina, which took place today. HR/VP Mogherini met in Buenos Aires with President Mauricio Macri and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Susanna Malcorra. The European Union and Argentina are strong partners in promoting multilateralism in the current international context, a rules-based world order, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change, as well as free and fair trade. The meetings reconfirmed their shared commitment to the UN system to ensure peace, security and sustainable development. Mogherini stressed with both interlocutors that Argentina can count on the European Union’s support during its G20 presidency and in preparation of the WTO ministerial meeting in December. During the meetings, developments in Latin America were addressed. On Venezuela, Mogherini reaffirmed the EU’s support to regional initiatives and appreciated Argentina’s engagement to stop the violence, foster political dialogue and promote reconciliation among Venezuelans, in compliance with the constitutional norms and democratic procedures. Mogherini praised Argentina as the pro tempore Mercosur presidency, in particular in advancing negotiations on a new EU-Mercosur trade agreement. Rapid and good progress has been made so far, and both sides agreed to maintain their focus on shared objectives so as to overcome any remaining obstacles and to reach a deal by the end of the year. Mogherini used the opportunity to congratulate Minister for Foreign Affairs Malcorra on her new position and thanked her for her personal friendship and... read more

Federica Mogherini’s phone conversation with Libyan Prime Minister Serraj and Foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed

The High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini spoke today with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Serraj and the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, to discuss the recent political developments concerning Libya. The HRVP expressed her appreciation and support for the meetings between Prime Minister Serraj and General Khalifa Haftar that took place in the United Arab Emirates. The European Union, Mogherini stressed, will continue to encourage and accompany the political process in Libya with all means at its disposal so that all Libyans can unite for a secure, peaceful and prosperous country. This can be achieved only through the positive engagement and contribution of all... read more

Interview to Interfax: “Return to better relations with Russia possible, linked to resolution of conflict in eastern Ukraine”

Interview to Interfax correspondents Alexander Korzun and Viktor Onuchko ahead of my visit to Russia. Read on Interfax’ website Question:Ms. Mogherini, what are you going to bring to Moscow? Can your first visit to Russia since you took office in 2014 be viewed as evidence of a softening EU position on Russia and a sign of the prompt overcoming of the crisis in bilateral relations? Does Russia remain a partner for you, or do you share the position of NATO on the need to deter Russia as a potential threat to the security of European countries? Answer: Our relations with Russia are not what they used to be, nor are they what we would wish them to be. But the European Union is still the first trading partner for the Russian Federation, the first source of foreign direct investment, and Russian students are the first beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ program to study in the EU Universities, just to mention a few areas where our ties remain important to both of us. Not to mention our cooperation on some key foreign policy issues. So, my visit to Moscow shows what for me, for the European Union, is vital: in the world of today, you need to be frank on points of disagreement, build spaces for engagement and cooperation, and seek common solutions whenever and wherever our interests converge.Our points of disagreement are well known, but our channels of communication have always remained open. Contacts at all levels are constant on all the files that are priorities for both of us: bringing an end to the devastating war in Syria, the crisis... read more

Interview to The Times of India: “In spite of Brexit, EU remains a global power, most relevant partner for India”

Interview by Indrani Bagchi. Read of The Times of India’s website You were believed to be the reason for the India-EU summit to be put on hold in 2014. What’s your view of the relationship now? Last year we had a very successful summit in Brussels. I have met regularly with Indian ministers, and I am looking forward to this visit – as the issues at stake are many and important. We cooperate intensively on security issues – from Afghanistan to the Horn of Africa – and on global matters such as sustainable development and climate change. During this visit we will also focus on trade and other bilateral dossiers, with one strong message: in spite of Britain’s decision to leave, EU remains a global power, the first global market, and the most relevant partner for India. What will it take for the India-EU free trade agreement to go through?  A free trade agreement can be a win-win for EU and India. So we are working to conclude a comprehensive and ambitious agreement, to bridge our differences in areas such as market access for some goods and services, geographical indications and public procurement. We have proposed to hold a High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue so as to move forward and address sensitive issues of both sides. Sweden is the latest victim of terror in EU. What is the thinking among EU leadership about how to tackle growing terror in Europe? First of all, terrorism is a threat not just for Europe, but for the entire international community. Inside EU we have intensified cooperation among our police forces and intelligence services. But we need to understand the magnitude of the challenge and tackle the social and economic dimension of radicalisation and recruitment, both globally... read more

Federica Mogherini holds bilateral meetings during her visit to India

Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP), is today and tomorrow on an official visit to New Delhi and met with the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi. HR/VP Mogherini also met with the Minister of External Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, and with the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. M J Akbar. During the talks the two sides discussed in depth a broad range of issues of common interest. The European Union and India are natural partners, they share fundamental values of democracy and diversity, economic interests and robust trade relations, common security challenges, and a direct interest in the stabilisation of many fragile areas, from the Korean Peninsula to Afghanistan. The EU and India expressed their common interest and commitment to strengthen their cooperation on the world stage, both bilaterally and in multilateral fora, on common priorities such as multilateralism, climate change, sustainable development, free and fair trade, security and defence – notably on maritime security – and counterterrorism. In view of the 14th bilateral India-EU Summit to be held later this year in New Delhi, the European Union and India agreed to further strengthen and deepen their bilateral relations. In particular, taking stock of progress made on decisions taken last year at the 13th EU-India Summit in Brussels, it has been agreed to deepen cooperation in foreign policy, security and defence, trade, investments, climate change, water, new and renewable energy, environment, ICT, space, research and technology, urbanisation, and to strengthen people-to-people contacts, including student exchanges through the Erasmus programme. During her visit, Mogherini opened the... read more

Speech at Tsinghua University: “Europe and Asia. Building a Cooperative Global Order”

Check against delivery Together with the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, we celebrate the 30 years of a programme, Erasmus, that has guaranteed youth exchanges and student exchanges, including between Europe and China. I was looking at the numbers now – and then I’ll come to topic I promise – but, nearly 3000 students and professors have been selected to move between Europe and China in last couple of years thanks to this programme. So, we also have a framework for practical cooperation and not only for the very relevant and very useful exchanges at this level. So, coming to the topic of our exchange today. First of all I would like to thank you for this opportunity to meet. For me, every time I visit a country and every time I visit China – now it’s my third time in this capacity [as EU High Representative/Commission Vice-President] – I meet with students, with young people like you, also to listen to you and I always learn a lot. I always get great ideas, aspirations and hope – and we really need some hope in tough times like ours. We all have the impression to live in times of global disorder, when instability seems to spread from one corner of the world to the other. If you take the conflict in Syria: events in the Middle East can destabilise the whole world. We are all concerned and we all have a responsibility to work for peace and reconciliation there. And in the same way, if we look at this part of the world, everyone understands that a... read more