The European Union is fighting intensely to preserve the rules-based international order, which is currently under great strain, in terms of trade, security, climate change or human rights. We say this not only as countries strongly supporting the United Nations, but as a continent that cares deeply about respect, mutual understanding and solidarity between nations. As leaders, we must equip the United Nations with the means to fulfil its mandate successfully. More unity and collective (...)
Yesterday, I was in Salzburg for talks with European leaders. I have always said that these negotiations would be tough - and they were always bound to be toughest in the final straight. While both sides want a deal, we have to face up to the fact that - despite the progress we have made - there are two big issues where we remain a long way apart. The first is our economic relationship after we have left. Here, the EU is still only offering us two options. The first option would (...)
INTRODUCTION: A PERPETUAL RESPONSIBILITY Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament, At times, history moves forward only haltingly but it is always quick to pass us by. Such is the fate of a Commission with just a five year mandate to make a real difference. This Commission is merely a chapter, a brief moment in the long history of the European Union. But the time has not yet come to pass judgement on the Commission I have the honour of presiding over. This is why I (...)
Of course, we were all horrified by the collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa. Manlio Dinucci reminds us here that the company which managed this work of engineering had been privatised… in order to pay for the destruction of bridges in Serbia by the Italian army. This was in 1999, under the orders of NATO.
Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, met in Tokyo today for the 25th Summit between the European Union (EU) and Japan and issued the following statement. We, the leaders of the EU and Japan, reaffirm the strength of our Strategic Partnership and our resolve to work together for peace, prosperity and the rules-based international order. We remain united by our common (...)
H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and H.E. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, met in Beijing on 16 July 2018 for the 20th EU-China Summit. Premier Li and President Juncker jointly attended the EU-China Business Roundtable. 1. On the occasion of this 20th EU-China Summit, the two sides celebrated the 15th anniversary of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. (...)
On 14 July, the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia had planned to celebrate the opening of negotiations for it to become a member of Nato. For the Alliance, Macedonia's membership is very important because the majority of Macedonians, like the Greeks, are orthodox and therefore their culture is close to Russia's. 15 concerts along the theme “We love Nato” had been organized by the Socialist Party of the Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, and were going to be recorded and broadcast on public (...)
Working like machines programmed from their creation, the administrations of NATO and the EU are pursuing their project free from all political control. The military and civil bureaucracies born of the US occupation of Western Europe are bent on defending the interests of the transnational élite without paying any attention to the wish of the People.
July 11 - The NATO Summit is taking place today and tomorrow in Brussels at the level of Heads of State and Government of the 29 member countries. The summit confirms at the highest level the strengthening of the control structure, which is mainly to work against Russia. A new joint command for the Atlantic will be constituted, in Norfolk, Va., in the United States, against "the Russian submarines which threaten the lines of maritime communication between United States and Europe," and a (...)
Two years ago in Warsaw, we came together to strengthen EU-NATO cooperation aiming to promote peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area. Our respective efforts are mutually reinforcing, have improved the security of our citizens and strengthened our trans-Atlantic bond. Our longstanding cooperation has developed substantially, and is now unprecedented in its quality, scope and vigour. We share the same values and resolve to address, hand-in-hand, the common challenges we face. As our (...)