Josep Borrell

FMs call for pragmatic approach to China, enhanced relations with India

Brdo pri Kranju – EU foreign ministers have called for a pragmatic, realistic and coherent approach to China and for enhancing relations with India, noting at an informal meeting in Brdo pri Kranju on Friday that the EU should cooperate with both countries regarding Afghanistan.

BIRN Fact-Check: Trump’s ‘Historic’ Kosovo-Serbia Deal Gathering Dust

With power in Kosovo now in the hands of Vetevendosje and its leader, Prime Minister Albin Kurti, BIRN took a look at the state of play with the Washington Agreement. Of the 16 points, Hoti signed up to, only one has been fully implemented - the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel.

There has been no positive movement on any of the other elements.

Afghanistan As Catalyst for Creation of EU Military Rapid Reaction Force

EU needs to create a rapidly deployable military force to intervene around the world, two senior officials said on Thursday cited by new agencies. According to Gen. Claudio Graziano, chairman of the EU military committee, and EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell the Afghanistan crisis could provide the needed catalyst to end years of inaction.

Turkey's primary goal is stability, security of Afghanistan: Erdoğan

Turkey is not Europe's refugee warehouse, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, slamming European countries for trying to ignore the growing refugee problem by closing its doors amid fears of a new migrant influx from Afghanistan.

"Turkey has no duty, responsibility or obligation to be Europe's refugee warehouse," Erdoğan said after a cabinet meeting late Aug. 19.