From the State of the Union, to the UN General Assembly

From the State of the Union, to the UN General Assembly

I write on my way to New York, for the UN General Assembly’s Ministerial week, and after an important session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Important both for the issues we worked on with the Members of Parliament, and for President Juncker’s State of the Union speech. It was a powerful and bold speech, touching upon the main foreign policy issues which the European Union continues to be engaged on: our work towards a European Union of security and defence; the Western Balkans’ path towards the EU; our leadership in the fight against climate change and for a free and fair international trade; our investment in Africa’s development. Free&fair #trade, partnership with #Africa, EU #defence, EU perspective for Balkans, leadership on #ClimateChange A great #SOTEU @JunckerEU — Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) 13 settembre 2017 .@JunckerEU “L’Europe ne progresse que quand elle fait preuve d’audace”: solidarité, unité, droits, égalité #EUdacityOfHope #SOTEU — Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) 13 settembre 2017 On many of these issues I worked during my three days at the European Parliament. On Tuesday I was on the floor of the House to discuss migration: I talked about the work we are doing and the results we are starting to achieve – in particular to save human lives, to foster growth in Africa and to improve the living conditions of migrants along the route, in Libya and in the Sahel (here is my speech and my reply to parliamentarians). In Strasbourg we also worked on North Korea, in a week marked by yet another provocation by Pyongyang (here is my statement on the latest launch of a ballistic missile) and after the new Resolution approved unanimously by the UN...

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....
Five important issues, and one memory

Five important issues, and one memory

I write after a week spent travelling between Brussels, Trieste and Paris, working on five important issues for security and growth in our continent: the Balkans, the Sahel, our common defence, our relations with Russia, and the Mediterranean. First, our relations with the Balkans. In Trieste we met with the leaders of our six Balkan partners that are not yet part of the European Union. Together we launched a clear message: the door of the European Union is open to the Balkans, and the path towards a unified Europe continues. But we also worked on some practical projects for regional cooperation, to improve transports and increase exchanges in the Balkans. Here is what I told journalists after the summit. And here is the press conference after last Monday’s Stabilisation and Association Council with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Trieste Summit was also the opportunity for a long conversation with Emmanuel Macron, on the Balkans and on Africa, on the situation in the Gulf and on European defence (here is the press release). I kept working with him on Thursday, in Paris, together with Angela Merkel. The President and the Chancellor were meeting for the Franco-German Ministerial Council, and together we launched a new Alliance for growth and security in the Sahel. Here is the document we signed together. In Paris I also met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and with the Ministers of Defence of France, Germany, Italy and Spain – Florence Parly, Ursula Von Der Leyen, Roberta Pinotti and Dolores Cospedal. Here is the press release on my meetings in Paris. On Wednesday, in Brussels, I received the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after my visit...