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Former Estonian Foreign Minister: “We should make Russia understand that the West is not weak anymore”
13 May 2024

Former Estonian Foreign Minister: “We should make Russia understand that the West is not weak anymore”

In our most recent podcast edition of “EU Matters”, the Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and former Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Paet, talks about the threat of Russia to Europe and the West’s support for Ukraine, as well as the recent developments in the Middle East between Israel and Iran.

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13 May 2024
Avital Grinberg appointed as General Manager of EU Watch
11 March 2024

Avital Grinberg appointed as General Manager of EU Watch

BRUSSELS – EU Watch announces the decision to appoint Avital Grinberg as the new General Manager, succeeding Michael Thaidigsmann at the helm of the organisation.

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11 March 2024
Veteran Socialist lawmaker: “We always knew that the EU would come under attack from guys like Putin”
16 February 2024

Veteran Socialist lawmaker: “We always knew that the EU would come under attack from guys like Putin”

German MEP Udo Bullmann talks about the importance of human rights in EU’s foreign policy, the EU as a player on the world stage and foreign interference in EU politics.

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16 February 2024
EU’s pivotal steps toward Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia: A personal perspective on the region’s historic shift
15 December 2023

EU’s pivotal steps toward Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia: A personal perspective on the region’s historic shift

Professor Cristina Vanberghen delivers her opinion on the European Council’s decision to green-light negotiation talks with Ukraine and Moldova.

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15 December 2023
EU Sets Global Standard for AI Regulation
12 December 2023

EU Sets Global Standard for AI Regulation

Professor Cristina Vanberghen delivers her analysis of the EU AI Act, which regulates the use of Artificial Intelligence in the Union.

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12 December 2023
Enhancing our understanding of the EU’s role in the Middle East
3 November 2023

Enhancing our understanding of the EU’s role in the Middle East

Professor Cristina Vanberghen delivers her analysis on the EU’s role in mediating Middle East conflicts.

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3 November 2023
Friends of EU Watch Fund launched
24 October 2023

Friends of EU Watch Fund launched

A new fundraising platform to support the mission and projects of EU Watch has been established under the auspices of the renowned King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium.

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24 October 2023
David McAllister: “The EU should be a global player, not just a payer”
5 October 2023

David McAllister: “The EU should be a global player, not just a payer”

The chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs on the role of the European Parliament and the European Union in world politics.

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5 October 2023
Squaring the concentric circles?
4 October 2023

Squaring the concentric circles?

Cristina Vanberghen delivers her thoughts on the Franco-German proposal for EU reform

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4 October 2023
Borrell: “EU has a special duty of care”
22 September 2023

Borrell: “EU has a special duty of care”

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell responds to questions from EU Watch and Hostage Aid Worldwide on European hostages jailed in Iran.

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22 September 2023

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The foreign policy of the European Union in a nutshell

There are four major EU institutions involved in foreign policy decision-making: the Council (which brings together government ministers of the 27 member states), the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European External Action Service (EEAS) which is headed by the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy (HRVP).

The HRVP (currently the Spaniard Josep Borrell) is appointed by the European Council (heads of government of the EU member states) for a term of usually five years. Ex officio, he is also a member of the European Commission, of which he is a vice-president.The HRVP also chairs meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council and as such has a leading role in two EU institutions, which is unique. The HRVP heads the European External Action Service (EEAS), which is the diplomatic service of the European Union. The EEAS manages EU delegations in third countries and prepares proposals for decisions and actions.

Decision-making on foreign policy is slightly different than in other policy areas.

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